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Wild Bird Wednesday #269

Wild Bird Wednesday #269
Carolina Wren and Tropical Storm Jose

Tropical Storm Jose brought a day of rain on Tuesday, but by Wednesday, the sun once again ruled the skies. Stiff breezes prevailed as Jose waved goodbye, as shown by the ruffling feathers of our Carolina Wren.

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Willy Nilly Friday 5 #108

Willy Nilly Friday 5

It’s been awhile since I’ve participated with this meme. There’s been little time for visiting, so I hesitate to link-up. Maybe this week will be better.

1. Things are nutty as ever around the Big Backyard. Squirrelly, too! 

2. Uh-oh! What’s this? 

The Carolina Wren appears to have laid claim to the potting bench. 

3. We’ve had some frosty nights, yet I continue to find little surprises in the garden.

4. It rained nearly all day. Of course, this was the day I needed a few things from the grocery store. I brewed a chocolate hazelnut latte for the road and made an afternoon of it. Since I had to be out anyway, I returned some items to the mall that I’d ordered online. They’d been crushed during shipment due to poor packaging. And, I stopped by Hobby Lobby since I was in the neighborhood. Take that, rain!

5. I don’t have the Christmas tree up yet, nor the wreath on the door, no cards ready to mail–but I do have most of the shopping done. Then there’ll be wrapping to do…How are your winter holiday preparations coming along? 

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Good Fences and Wild Birds

Good Fences #137
Wild Bird Wednesday #223

This week, I have a good fence with attitude–namely, a Carolina Wren. It seeks and devours all those creepy crawling and flying things that bug us. I’m glad we have a resident pair to claim our backyard as their territory. 

Fall colors also creep into the landscape. I’m trying not to notice. At 83F today, I’m lingering in a summer state of mind. Fall is too fickle for me. I want to get up, pull on shorts and a tank top and know it’s going to be comfortable all day long. 

Carolina Wren

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Willy Nilly Friday 5 #61

Willy Nilly Friday 5

1. For her birthday, our granddaughter requested something to make waffles. We got her one of these, since they are a family of nine. (Click the image for info.) It was a hit and the house smelled of waffles all weekend–but I’m not sure that’s a good thing! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. The weather forecast predicted below-freezing temperatures overnight, so I wasn’t sure what we were getting ourselves into! It warmed up nicely during the day, so it worked out, after all. I got a text that our area at home had a frost warning–and I remembered I’d left the potted daisy plants outside. 

3. We came home to see the neighbors planted hedges along part of the property line–and had pruned the large azalea–too late in the season for that as they bloom on the previous year’s growth. They had also cleaned up the bed I’d neglected on our side of the property line. That was a blessing, as I’d considered moving the irises and catmint, and planting something different in there. However, three catmint plants and the irises are gone.

Walker’s Low Catmint
Bearded Iris

4. Karen walks 5-6 miles nearly every day. She inspired me to order weather-proof jacket and pants so I can take back those not-too-cold rainy days that keep me indoors on the treadmill. 

5. Not a very good photo, but I can’t help but smile to find a Carolina Wren tucked up inside the awning at night. 

Carolina Wren tucked in for the night.

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Wild Bird Wednesday 157–Carolina Wren

Wild Bird Wednesday 

Sharing one of our Carolina Wrens today. I had to chuckle when I read its description at http://www.allaboutbirds.org 

“This shy bird can be hard to see, but it delivers an amazing number of decibels for its size.”

Anyone familiar with these birds knows this to be a true statement. They command a fair amount of respect from the other birds. Most are happy to clear a space when one shows up at the feeder. 

Carolina Wren–it certainly looks like it means business!

Thanks, Stewart, for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday. It’s fun, and a learning experience all rolled into one. All are welcome to link up their bird posts. Click the blue link to check it out.