Are you fascinated by birds, their ability to escape the confines of earth with flight, their marvelous color patterns and not in the least, their song?

Have you complied a life list over the years? What are your favorites among those birds you have seen and heard?

Having watched and studied birds most of my life and compiled a substantial life list from various parts of the country and beyond, I have my favorites amongst the group and they are now prominently displayed on the wall in my great room as seen on the right.

It might even be fun to include your state bird in the center of that group. I am in the process of including all the state birds in my collection. Enter the gallery by clicking on any of the images or on the gallery link above, and see what you like.

Northern visitors

I was fortunate enough to walk through the dining room at just the right moment to view the front yard and the feeders in the large honeysuckle bush.  There on a patch of ground uncovered by the snow plow, at first glance I thought they were Lapland Longspurs, but then quickly realized these birds had flashy white wing patches and in their winter garb, they frantically pecked among the leaves and exposed grass.  This was a group of about 12 Snow Buntings.  They stayed for about a minute or two and then took off all at once looking for another place to land and forage.

Traffic around the feeders

Monday as I looked out the window where the feeders hang in the large honeysuckle bush, there clustered among the top branches were six Red-winged blackbirds.  Perhaps they were youngsters from this year and finally realized they were past due to leave for warmer climes and just searching for a place to rest before moving on.

Canadas still flying south

It has been an interesting week on the farm.  Late Sunday afternoon on my way out to close up the chickens for the night, I heard the faint call of a Canada goose.  After looking all around me, I saw a small skeine of them flying low and thought they were headed for the pond.  Then I saw a very large flock very high up and ahead of the others.  They were all headed in a southward direction.  I thought the lower birds would try to catch up to the others, but they stayed at their original level and flew on.  When the birds are at a higher elevation, it usually means they are from a far distance location and the lower birds  are more local.  There is a melancholy to the fall migration as they leave and a wonderful excitmentto the return of the birds in the spring.

Signs of an upcoming winter

This morning while sitting at my dining room table siping a warm cup of coffee, I was thrilled to see the arrival of several Pine Siskins checking out the feeders in our old honeysuckle bush.  They are a delicate-looking, but hardy little finch with a thin bill and flashes of yellow color in their wing bars. With the clear signs of change in the seasons, the morning broke with an icy whiteness to the pastures, but quickly cleared as the sun took charge of the day.

Turkey Trot

Well, Saturday blew in nasty; snow, sleet and driving rain with a strong wind that drove most of the remaining maple leaves out of the yard.  The temperature did not help either as it was hovering around 32 to 36 degrees.   However Saturday was the day the turkey hens decided to return at about 30 strong.  They did not seem to mind the weather as they rumaged around in the vegetable garden, but before long filed back into the woods at the edge of the pasture.


Seeing red

Well, this is a first for me.  Today, outside my dining room window  in the honeysuckle bush (more like a small tree), I saw the male cardinal who resides in our neighborhood. As he moved around the bush deciding on how and when to alight on the bird feeder, there appeared another male cardinal.  Never have I ever seen more than one male  cardinal in an area.  The second male appeared to be molting his feathers as they were not as brillant or as uniformly red as the first bird.  Neither cardinal appeared to be agressive toward the other.  They both stayed in the bush for some time, each taking turns alighting on the feeder.  I would hazard a guess that the second bird was perhaps the first cardinal’s fledgling from this year and as such was still being allowed to stay in the home territory.  It was a special sight for me that I am glad I did not miss.

Birthday calendars

Have you ever thought you need to remember a birthday, anniversary or special occasion for the upcoming month and can’t remember where you jotted down the information?  Well, now you can keep all this information in one place and one location. You even hang it on a wall where it is easy to find!  I have created what I call my Birthday Calendar loaded with birds signifying each month.  Prints of these birds make wonderful gifts for that special person as well.  The calendar is good year after year and sells for $20.00.  Check it out!

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Birthday Calendar

Size: 5 x 12 Price: $20

Christmas cards for 2018!

New for the 2018 holidays!


My original Christmas card design for this year (2018) includes an evergreen tree surrounded by the animals of the forest, and my signature Santa’s hat appears in all of my holiday card designs.  The cards are 10 cards with envelopes for $20.00.  If you prefer, you may also choose from designs drawn in years past, including the sleigh, reindeer or polar bears (see below, and click each small image to see a larger version).  I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and prosperous new year!

 

Holiday cards in sets of 10. Choose from the designs above. $20 per box of one design.

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Spring has arrived.

It was quite a struggle, but spring is surely here to stay.  The snow has melted back to just a few patches in the woods.  There are faint areas of green erupting from the soil and the daffodils are showing more of their sunny heads.  Four does appeared in the fields yesterday around dusk; three of them were roundly pregnant and the fourth doe was smaller and perhaps a late fawn from last year.  They spent over an hour tasting the new grass shoots, obviously enjoying their dinner.

Where have all the April showers gone?

Once more,  Saturday was beautiful.  People were finally able to get outside and do a little bit of yard work, raking, cleaning the salt and gravel off their lawns left by the snow plows, thinking about spring planting time, and just enjoying the day.  Then came Sunday, Monday and now Tuesday.  The snow has returned covering us in a blanket of white once again.  My red maple in the side yard has burst forth with tiny red flowers, the daffodils have poked their heads up and to their surprise, find it cold and wet once more. 
My money is on the daffodils winning out in the end.