Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Some leftover bird photos from October.

Male and female Downy Woodpeckers.

 Red-breasted Nuthatch

 Blue Jay
Tree Sparrow
Peanut Gatherer
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Sunday, November 24, 2013


We had our first REAL winter storm Saturday and Sunday.
We woke up to 14 inches of snow on the ground Sunday morning.
Another two inches fell during the day.
Out front. Now that's what I call a blanket of snow on the car!
 The backyard.
The birds waiting for the feeders to be cleaned off and filled!
Downy Woodpecker, Cardinals, Goldfinch, Blue Jay
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Bit Of Snow

Just a bit of snow so far. But, snow squalls are predicted for this afternoon,
with a 5-6 inch accumulation of the white stuff!
EDIT - We woke up to 14 inches of snow this morning (Sunday)
Female House Finch

Grey Squirrel (Patches)
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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Where Sky Meets Water

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(Thanks for all the get well wishes everyone! I am finally on the mend,
and hope to get out Christmas shopping this weekend.)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Two Weeks Of Weather

I'm still down with a respiratory infection. The majority of my days are spent sleeping. I don't have energy to do much. I still manage to snap a photo or two of what is happening outside my window. 
This post documents the weird weather we have experienced in my part of Canada, over the past two weeks.
Two weeks ago, our trees were still mainly green.
Male Cardinal

Female Cardinal
A sudden drop in temperature turned the leaves to beautiful golden hues.
Dark-eyed Junco
A further drop in temperature brought snow.
Male Downy Woodpecker
It's mild again, and we are experiencing severe thunderstorms, and high winds.
Black Squirrel (Bandit)
This little guy seems as confused as the rest of us, but he poses nicely for peanuts!
I'm only posting once this week, and sharing with a variety of memes...
I hope to get around to visit the blogs participating in the above memes,
but please forgive me if I don't.
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Better Than Televsion

I'm laid up with some icky respiratory infection. I'm not one for staying in bed when I am ill, but today I couldn't do much else. This bug has me grounded.
Luckily, I have a huge cedar tree outside my window that is full of activity.
Very entertaining, and much more enjoyable than watching daytime TV.
Male House Finch
House Sparrow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Juvenile House Finch
Stoney Braveheart dropped by with well wishes,
or maybe he was just looking for the peanuts!
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

One Plus One, Equals Cute

Black squirrels are quite rare. 
Black Squirrels number only 1 in 10,000 squirrels found throughout North America.
I have more black squirrels in my yard than grey.

Black and grey squirrels are the same species and can interbreed...so

one black squirrel...
plus one grey squirrel...
equals this cutie!
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Black-Capped Chickadee

There are seven species of chickadee in the world.
Chickadees, along with titmice, belong to the family Paridae.
A group of chickadees can be called a banditry of chickadees.
This collective noun probably refers to the mask-like appearance of chickadee species.

The range of Black-capped Chickadees overlaps with that of Carolina Chickadees.
They look so much alike that even the birds themselves
 may have a hard time telling each other apart – they hybridize!

The Black-Capped Chickadee hides seeds and other food items to eat later.
Each item is placed in a different spot and the chickadee
 can remember thousands of hiding places.

 Every autumn Black-capped Chickadees allow brain neurons containing old information to die, replacing them with new neurons so they can adapt to changes in their social flocks and environment even with their tiny brains.
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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

An Emergency Trip To the Vet

Late last night, (or early this morning), we rushed our dog Merfy, to the emergency vet clinic. He was having episodes of standing still with his elbows spread apart, head extended, back hunched, eyes bulging, making loud snorting sounds and gasping, that appeared to indicate breathing difficulties or choking.
To make a long story short, he was having an episode of reverse sneezing. A fairly common, and totally harmless event that often occurs in small dogs.
Merfy relaxing after the traumatic event.
Needless to say, I was up most of the night!
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