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Monday, March 24, 2014

Birds... and Bird Feeders

It was only 33 degrees F when we got up this morning.....  no more breakfasts outside for a while.  

Celeste and Victor kept my bird feeders filled while we were gone, so there are plenty of birds visiting them every day.  The goldfinches are starting to get their summer plumage, but to the inexperienced birder, they are still pretty much a "Little Brown Jobby".  The male cardinals provide the brightest color...  their bright red is a welcome sight no matter what time of year, but especially when everything's so brown.

You can hear "spring" songs now...  I hear bluebirds quite often but all the bird songs are more melodious.  Probably mating songs, but to me, it's a sure sign of spring.

We love watching the bird feeders, especially in the mornings.  This morning we had a lot of visitors...
 Kind of a big bird, huh?
Oh well, she didn't take much and what got spilled on the ground won't be wasted.

This view is from our motorhome window....
There are 8 or 9 deer visible in this photo....   there must have been about a dozen out there at one time.

Celeste and Victor have several acres here and no hunting is permitted.  They have many bird feeders out as well as at least 2 deer feeders on their property.  They encourage all wildlife and when we're here, we reap the benefits each day.  

We'll be here about a month, then head to Ohio, where we'll stay about a month...  then on to Maine where we'll be volunteering June through August at Aroostook NWR.  We do have plans for mid October through mid December, but haven't made all those arrangements yet, so that will wait for another blog.

I probably won't post every day now - since we're no longer at the Rickety Bridge and its herons and egrets, I'll have to find something else to write about ;-)

That's All For Today!

13 comments:

  1. I love your BIG birds. I also have no doubt that you will have some gorgeous pictures of the birds that are hanging around your place.

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  2. That's fun (I think) to have the deer coming to your feeders. We still don't have spring here yet, despite what the calendar says. We still had only 16 degrees this morning.

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  3. It's been such a tough winter for the deer they have joined my crew of groundskeepers.

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  4. You have a wonderful spot there, enjoy it and hope it warms up soon for you.

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  5. Jeepers! That temperature is a bit of a shock for you guys. Just needs to warm up most everywhere.

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  6. Our neighbors put up a bird feeder and now we have a Coopers Hawk patrolling the area!!!

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  7. I can't wait to see more moose pictures. :)

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  8. What a wonderful morning vision! (Are those killdeer??? Well, maybe not!)

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  9. Oy! It's cold there! Love those big birds with the cute ears!

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  10. I didn't know goldfinches have to grow that beautiful plumage every year!! We get a few goldfinches visitors to our summer MT bird feeders. I too am looking forward to moose photos!

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  11. Beautiful place! back to Maine... what a gorgeous place to spend the summer... you want a cat?

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  12. I started feeding the birds here in December when the freeze hit and stayed for almost two weeks. Very abnormal weather here and I felt bad for the birds. Then I continued and they appreciated it especially during the second abnormal event when there was 15 inches of snow here. The cats love to watch the birds (mine are contained in a netted over cat yard so they can't kill them). I'm not much good at ID yet, but there are sparrows, finches, scrub jays, mourning doves and a few other varieties. Will have to break out my old bird book.

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  13. That's probably not a killdeer, since there's no hunting there, eh?

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