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Offline Tigerlady105

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« Reply #870 on: December 12, 2010, 07:10:47 PM »
You must have been bundled up very well in that cold, Faerie Gardener!  I don't know how you and other people manage to do things like that!   :eceek
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« Reply #871 on: December 12, 2010, 07:24:58 PM »
Brrrrr, poor birdies.

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« Reply #872 on: December 12, 2010, 07:34:06 PM »
It's called quadruple layering!  I hear now that our peak wind gusts were 50 mph. Most of the birdies were ruffled up to stay warm. We saw Juncos, gold and purple finches, sparrows, nuthatches, cardinals, mourning doves, hawks and woodpeckers (Red Bellied and Downy), and they seemed very active until dusk. Now I'm sure they are hunkered down deep in the woods.  :ecwink
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« Reply #873 on: December 12, 2010, 07:34:47 PM »
Faerie - come back to California!  It was record heat here today.

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« Reply #874 on: December 12, 2010, 07:39:28 PM »
I was just thinking that I would call you up, OpieK, and see if you wanted to go out for lunch!  :eclol

We spent an hour or more in the hot tub  (it's indoors), with bubbles, to get warmed up. Just hope we don't lose power. I, too, do not know why we stay here in the winter. It's no wonder we already had one son move to Southern California!
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« Reply #875 on: December 12, 2010, 08:10:44 PM »
Sorry to have to mention it (not really), but it was in the 80's F here today.  It will get cooler starting Tuesday (70's and then 60's).  I like cool, but not as cold as many people are experiencing right now.   :ecnono

This is a good time for folks to bake bread or cookies, knit or crochet, paint, draw, sleep, order seeds for Spring from a catalog, read a good book, write a book, play Canasta, Scrabble, or Mahjong, sleep, woodwork...and of course, watch eagles.   :nod2

On second thought, watching eagles seems like the best idea... :chuckle
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« Reply #876 on: December 12, 2010, 09:47:44 PM »
Ah Faerie thank you for feeding the birds. Their hope is you! Keep safe and warm. :heart
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« Reply #877 on: December 14, 2010, 09:13:43 AM »
I thought that too, Mad. but i don't know why else she would have? There could be another reason. Appears to be snow there.

Her crop looks full, poor birds Their diet is 85% birds.

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« Reply #878 on: December 14, 2010, 02:24:53 PM »
Here's a picture of the bird feeder in the birch tree I posted earlier, but this is from a new angle where the feeder is visible, and this is after all the snow had fallen. This looks out over the western shore of Lake Michigan.  A few hours after the photo was taken, I noticed a hawk in one of the trees on the bank just beyond this Birch, above the lake. We decided it must be a Cooper's Hawk because of the way he/she flew "athletically" through the fir trees in our woods after flying off!

  

   
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« Reply #879 on: March 07, 2011, 03:43:31 PM »
I recently visited my son in Southern California, and while I was walking the dog, a hummingbird flew over me and landed in a tree next to the path. I quietly walked up to the tree and looked up, where I saw her sitting on her little nest!  So very tiny... there must have been eggs in the nest, because she didn't leave while I snapped this photo. My grandpuppy was very quiet and patient, but I thought it must be scary for the hummer to feel she'd been discovered, so I didn't linger. Each day after that, I checked on her and there she sat! My son reports that this past weekend she was off the nest,flying about near the nest tree, so he thinks the eggs have hatched :-)  

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« Reply #880 on: March 07, 2011, 08:59:50 PM »
What a treat to see Faerie :)  And the hummer let you take a picture and stayed and didn't get frightened from the nest. :)
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« Reply #881 on: March 08, 2011, 12:07:42 AM »
Mama Hummer must be used to people walking by... very nice picture, Faerie Gardener.  (She's now starring in a puzzle of her own!)   :eclove

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=135.msg47139#msg47139   
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« Reply #882 on: March 08, 2011, 06:31:56 AM »
Aww, Thanks, Tiger and emc!

 Mama Hummer is a People-Birdie!
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« Reply #883 on: March 12, 2011, 07:13:13 AM »
This morning I took a few pictures of a young eagle who I was watching from my breakfast table.  He was perched on a tree overlooking Lake Michigan for about an hour. I believe this must be the juvenile I saw last year. Now the white head is more prominent, and there's a transition zone along the neck from white to speckled to black!  (And the nice black Zorro mask). (I apologize for the poor clarity, but these were taken through my dining room window  :ecwink  )

                         

Is this, then, a Sub-Adult?  3 or 4 years old?

                           


I hope the fishing was good so that we can have breakfast together more often  :eclove
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« Reply #884 on: March 12, 2011, 08:59:57 AM »
Well, the fishing was great!
          I Caught A Fish!

                          


And the Crows are jealous

                          
"In all things of Nature there is something of the Marvelous"  -Aristotle

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