Willy Nilly Friday 5 #68, Friday’s Hunt

Willy Nilly Friday 5 #68
Friday’s Hunt v1.4

Sharing some random thoughts; this week’s prompts for Friday’s Hunt are Starts with D, Week’s Favorite, and Beautiful.

1. So thankful we didn’t get snow like so many of you have from Winter Storm Jonas. Initially, we had 2-3″ Friday, but come evening, the fluffy flakes turned into raindrops and melted it away. Saturday, I noticed the wind had changed direction, the fluffy flakes that had blown left to right Friday were replaced with tiny ice pellets blowing right to left. Once again, the ground was dressed in white. Tonight, the wind is howling like crazy, gusts to 50 mph expected. The storm link above says some areas had wind gusts in the 80-mph range. That’s hurricane strength!

D--Not very Deep

D–Not very Deep

2. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT), the 17.6-mile span that links Virginia Beach with Virginia’s Eastern Shore, is under Level 5 wind restrictions. That doesn’t happen very often! It means they’ve clocked wind speeds at 65 mph. The only vehicles permitted to cross are cars with no exterior cargo. At Level 6, it closes to all traffic.

Sunsets from the CBBT can be Beautiful.

Sunsets from the CBBT can be Beautiful.

3.  I think the Northern Mockingbird might be my favorite photo this week. 

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

4. Our granddaughter, Miss Z, turned 5 this week. I have no photo because we haven’t been there since Christmas. We’ve missed three birthdays this month! We need to get up there and get our party on, don’t you think?

5. I’m off to bed. Won’t know whether we have church until tomorrow morning. It’s our week to help out with KidCheck, and we’ll need to be there early. At this time, we can’t get our front storm door open until hubby goes out and clears the ice build-up off the threshold. 

Is it spring yet?

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Willy-nilly Friday 5–Caterpillar Disappearance Solved!

Willy-nilly Friday 5

1. The Great Caterpillar Mystery is no longer a mystery! The bandit was caught on *surveillance video.
*my camera

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal, juvenile male

Would you like a napkin to expunge the evidence?

Would you like a napkin to expunge the evidence?

2. Our Northern Mockingbird is back and singing. He does a perfect imitation of a car alarm that goes off down the street. 

He kept puffing and shaking his feathers, thought he would hop in the birdbath.

He kept puffing and shaking his feathers, thought he would hop in the birdbath.

3. I walked six+ miles today at First Landing State Park

Mushroom looks like a birdbath.

Trooping Funnel? Mushroom looks like a birdbath.

4. Looks like one of the mermaids escaped Norfolk. 

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To see more, open menu on the left and scroll categories to Norfolk Mermaids.

5. Bath time!

House Sparrow

House Sparrows

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Wild Bird Wednesday #112

I didn’t have any new bird shots to share last week, so I went out and found a few to share with you today. 

The Northern Mockingbird was flitting around, making a lot of noise. No flattering shot for it, I'm afraid!

The Northern Mockingbird was flitting around, making a lot of noise. No flattering shot for it, I’m afraid!

American Crow

American Crow

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

These were all found at the local botanical garden.
Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday and Water World Wednesday

Just Peeking In

 

Downy Woodpecker--just peeking in on you

Downy Woodpecker–just peeking in on you

 

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

No sooner than hubby asked if the mockingbird had been around in the cold weather, the very next day it showed up!

Here's a view of the backyard featuring our second snowfall, eight inches or so.

Here’s a view of the backyard featuring our second snowfall, eight inches or so.

It didn’t look pristine for long, hubby shoveled paths to the feeders. Wednesday may have been the first time ever he couldn’t get to work.  I wish he’d been able to enjoy his day off, but it was spent clearing snow, and fretting about orders that needed to be placed. This morning, he had to dig through the barricade of snow the plow left before he could get the car out of the driveway.

Have you ever wondered what the belly of a Yellow-rumped Warbler looks like?

Have you ever wondered what the belly of a Yellow-rumped Warbler looks like?

Now you know!

Now you know!

Too soon, our day came to an end.

Too soon, our day came to an end.

May you be warm, wherever you are today.

 

Monday’s Musings, Birds and Bunny

I’ve been away since late last week. I regained my hour of lost sleep from last spring’s change to Daylight Savings Time. I looked at my kitchen calendar this evening and realized I’d fallen back a whole month–it still showed October. Who wouldn’t like to have an extra month this time of year?

Thought I’d share some photos today. Hovering over a photo will bring up the caption, clicking on a photo will start a slide show.

Have a great week!

In This Corner We Have…

Things were ’bout to become interesting. 

On the left we have the Northern Mockingbird, and the European Starling on the right.

On the left we have the Northern Mockingbird, and the European Starling on the right.

The mockingbird is first to enter the arena, and issues a dare to the starling.

The mockingbird is first to enter the arena, and issues a dare to the starling.

The starling calls for back up, and its tag-team partner arrives for the cage match.

The starling calls for back up, and its tag-team partner arrives for the cage match.

The opponents size up the competition.

The opponents size up the competition.

The mockingbird slanders the starling's mother...

The mockingbird slanders the starling’s mother…

...then exits the ring.

…then takes his leave.

Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments during the interruption of our regularly-scheduled program. I’ve missed keeping up with your posts; it’s good to be home. I found a few new things around the backyard upon my return, and will be sharing them with you over the next few days.