Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer







Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow Birds and White-tailed Deer, Post 2 of 2~


Tomorrow I shall hopefully arrive in Florida, and I have waited since first week in January to make this journey.  It will only be for a week and yet with youngest daughter and her hubby, it will be filled with joy.
As I shared in adjoining post, I am posting a double dose of snow birds and more today.  So many to share and coming up on Spring and I need to get the Winter images done by then.  Hoping that everyone is well and enjoying warmer days and better weather~


Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/



Here come the White-tailed Deer.  
The herd has grown to 15 and 18 every evening and sometimes mornings too.  Many of the neighbors keep them fed.  I only put out 2- 9 x 11 pans full of corn, both cracked and whole, but it goes a long way~


Do you all have any guesses is to what these footprints might be?  You will need to wait until you scroll to the bottom of the page to find out if you were right, or not ;)





I enjoyed watching this White-throated Sparrow preen while a male Cardinal kept watch over it~





Dark-eyed Juncos, just love them~



Well, this one is eating my Bamboo and I should be upset, but we have so much, too much, I do not mind at all~


I was visiting a nest that I have been keeping up with a little and an American Kestrel was on the hunt near the nest site~








Song Sparrows hardly ever come, and they are such beauties~






Fox- Sparrow~



Wild feather, wet, wild and cold Red-bellied Woodpecker~


How many guessed Bald Eagle foot prints?  
They were really neat to see in the frozen snow~

Snow Birds Aplenty, Post 1 of 2~


I so hope that you all will not mind.  I am going to be giving a double dose of Snow birds this week.  Since we have been cooped up from the cold for days now, I have taken oodles and oodles of images, prepared them for sharing, and if I don't get snow birds out soon, it shall be Spring.  
This shall be 1 of 2 
For those who have followed my updates for travel...would you believe...2 days ago, I got a cell phone message, a text message and an e-mail alerting me to the fact that my train was broken down and they had no train to take the route.  SO, I do not fly any longer due to my ears being super sensitive, but I am going to fly anyway.  First the bad weather and illness and now an Amtrak cancellation and I need to get to my daughter and spend some time with her and her husby.  Hoping that the plane flight goes without a hitch~

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slide show presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:

www.lavendercottagegardening.com

&

Stewart for:
   http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com.au/



We continue to have many Cardinals coming to the feeders every day.  They make the dull gray days, more cheerful with their colour and song~



Sometimes when you purchase feeders, they just do not do their job and the one the Carolina Wren is eating from was one of them.  I turned it into a suet feeder and it does fine now~


Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, are one of my favorite garden visitors.  They have been enjoying the dried meal worm and nut pellets from the feeder below~


A Tufted Titmouse, possibly a male was not happy seeing it's reflection in the yard globe~



The Eastern Towhees hidden in brambles and shrubs most of the warmer months are a delight coming to the feeding stations all Winter.  




A female and male Downy Woodpecker, have made their space in the garden scene too~


Last year I had 2 Fox Sparrows the whole Winter.  This year, so far only one and I always enjoy them, since they are particularly rare visitors to Tingsgrove~




White-throated Sparrows are another favorite Winter visitor and we have lots of them around this season~



White-breasted Nuthatch and American Goldfinches have made their way, but not in any great numbers~


Sparrows, so many different ones and this little one has been spending a lot of time along side the Fox Sparrow, which kind of threw me a bit, as they do look a wee bit alike.  
It had a tiny seed upon it's beak~





Oh and of course, sometimes they come here as well, not always, but in these harsh cold days, they arrive, the European Starlings~


For as many Blue Jays that are in this area, we have not had very many visiting our feeders, and not sure why.  They are invited to partake too~