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Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 66

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 66

Sharing some randomness today.

1. There’s been a lot of activity on our road lately, road work/dump trucks/noise. Today, we finally figured out what they were preparing to do–milling and paving. Yay, new road soon! 

2. I’m missing the White-throated Sparrows this winter. I’ve only seen three. In previous years we’ve had a dozen or more. 

White-throated Sparrow

3. Why do football play-offs and the warmest day of winter (66*F) happen on the same day? Hubby was weary from a 12-hour workday, Saturday, so we stayed in and watched football. 

4. Our Painted Bunting must have moved on. I haven’t seen him since early December.

Painted Bunting

5. This pigeon is a regular customer. It’s been frequenting our feeder since 2008. 

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Friday’s Hunt v1.2 and Skywatch Friday

Friday’s Hunt v1.2 and Skywatch Friday

I’m trying a new photo meme link-up with Eden Hills. Click the link for details, everyone is welcome to join. 

This week we have Starts with B; Week’s favorite; and Outside

Gee, let me think what starts with B. How about BIRD? (You never would have guessed, right?)

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

My favorite shot this week:

White-throated Sparrow

Outside:
This is one of those shots where the camera couldn’t quite do justice to the true colors in the clouds. 

Also linking to Skywatch Friday

Thanks to all our hosts: Teresa @ Eden Hills, and Yogi, Sandy and Sylvia at Skywatch Friday

 

 

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Wild Bird Wednesday–#176

Wild Bird Wednesday

Some of the White-throated Sparrows returned recently. They breed mostly in Canada, but spend their winters across much of the eastern and southern United States, and even westward to California. 

White-Throated Sparrow

Thanks for looking!
If you’d like to see a Brown (or Common) Noddy, click on over to Wild Bird Wednesday to see Stewart’s fantastic photos. You can share your bird photos, too. See you there!

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Wild Bird Wednesday #124

Wild Bird Wednesday

This is what I found in my backyard this morning.

Pigeons put the WILD in Wild Bird Wednesday. They must have had a wild party while I slept. I wish I’d witnessed the feeder finding its way to the ground.

Sorry about the photo quality, there were raindrops on my window. We have wind and rain today–lots of both. Here are some shots from a drier day:

White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal, male
Northern Cardinal, female

Joining the party at Wild Bird Wednesday
Thanks, Stewart!

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Wild Bird Wednesday 120–Rufous-sided (Eastern) Towhee

It was a happy day at my house! Our first migrant birds showed up in the backyard today. I haven’t seen a Rufous-sided Towhee for a few years, so it was a treat to see another. 

Female Rufous-sided Towhee–please turn around!
Well, that’s a little better. But it will have to do for today.
The first White-throated Sparrow of the season arrived today, too.

Excited to share these with Wild Bird Wednesday!

Thanks, Stewart, for hosting this fun meme.

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Wild Bird Wednesday–Snow Day

 SNOW DAY
January 22, 2014

It isn’t often a blanket of snow covers our yard.
Birds left footprints under the feeder.
Here’s my icicle collection!
Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and if you look closely, the Brown Thrasher made itself a nice place to settle in for a nap.
A male Northern Cardinal adds a dash of color.
Song Sparrow and female Northern Cardinal

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday on this snowy day–Thanks, Stewart