Thankful Thursday: Snow Day

Thankful Thursday:  Snow Day

A snow day is not something I look forward to, but today, I’m thankful to have one. For a little while at least, it seems like the world slows down. There are fewer cars traveling the road in front of the house, and they’re driving a slower pace. The snow muffles some of the sounds. With 5-inches of snow, a lot of birds show up at the feeders. Well, it was quiet for awhile! 

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Around the Backyard

We’ve been seeing a lot of this lately:

And they always come hungry!
And they always come hungry!

Here you can see the red flashes of the Red-winged Blackbirds:

There are a lot of Brown-headed Cowbirds in this flock.
There are a lot of Brown-headed Cowbirds in this flock.

European Starlings join in the fray:

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Hopefully, they’ll remember where we are when the mosquitoes return.

Starlings have a way of cleaning out the feeder to make sure everyone gets something to eat:

And the squirrel is happy to clean up after them.
And the squirrel is happy to clean up after them.

The bunny still visits daily, usually early in the morning (hubby says so), or late evening–sometimes middle of the night.

Thanks for stopping by! Would you like a cup of White Chocolate Peppermint tea? That’s my new favorite. Hubby tried it, now I have to SHARE!
Yikes! It’s almost the weekend!

 

 

 

Random 5 Friday

It’s time for Random 5 Friday! Join in the fun and share five random thoughts about you, your day, your kids, your pets, whatever! Here are mine:

  • We got about 8″ of snow Tuesday-Wednesday, not something we see often in Virginia Beach
  • A flock of blackbirds moved in, took over the feedersbackyard2014 004
  • Gulls were swooping in low over the neighborhood, their food sources frozen or buried in snow–and not many folks leaving them French fries in the parking lotbackyard2014 005I whipped up a batch of Quacker Crackers from a bird-feeding cookbook and invited them over. They effectively displaced the blackbirds, for a change of scenery.
  • This week’s storm created an even larger icicle collection than the one we had last weekbackyard2014 041
  • Here’s another Mermaid on Parade–her paint has seen better days051

Linking to Random 5 Friday

 

“The Birds”

How many of you thought of Alfred Hitchcock when you read the title of this post, “The Birds?”  (The links will open new browser pages if you are not familiar with either of these.)

Last Wednesday, upon exiting the back door to feed my feathered and furry friends, my ears were assailed by the most non-melodious melody. The squeaky-hinge of Common Grackles was the first voice identified, blended with the shrill cries of European Starlings and Brown-headed Cowbirds. Alfred Hitchcock’s movie came to mind immediately.

I slipped quietly from the shelter of the shed and large oak tree, and peered through the openness to the next stand of trees and found them filled with the silhouettes of birds. Of course, the camera was in the house. I hurried to retrieve it and snapped some pictures to share with you. 004 b 002

Many of them were brown-headed cowbirds. The adult males are black with a brown head. Females and juveniles are brownish-gray. They were named for their habit of following herds of bison and cattle where they foraged for insects, grain and seed. They are a brood parasite, forgoing nest-building and incubating, laying their eggs in the nests of other birds. 

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