Monday, July 19, 2010

Who Am I ???

Any idea who will pop out of this cocoon? It spent about an hour yesterday creeping along the deck. I suppose there was something of nutritional value that kept him crawling along.






Sunday, April 11, 2010

Brilliant Sunset

As I walked out onto my westward facing deck, I saw the most awesome brilliant orange red sunset. I ran in to grab my camera .... had to put the lens on .... and when I came back it had sunk further down. I wish I had seen it just a few minutes earlier, but I did manage to take this photograph.




What really floored me, and warmed my heart, was the Dad and his two preteen sons riding their bikes down the street. One of the sons stopped and asked his Dad if they could watch the sunset. And they did! Unbelievable in this age of video games and kids barely getting outside to play. This Mom and Dad are raising great kids.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Touching Base

Oh my, it's been almost three months since I've posted. It has been a busy three months: took a new job, moved out of state, bought a new house, still trying to sell my St Louis house. Anyone out there interested in a well-located, updated 3BR/2.5ba house with plenty of birds that visit feeders? :)

I'll leave it at that for now. I'm looking forward to posting again about the birds and gardening once things settle down.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Highlight this PFW Count: White-Breasted Nuthatch

The little fellow hasn't shown up much at all for the past few weeks, PFW count or regular days. So I was thrilled to see him/her today coming back time and time again to the BOSS and Suet feeders. Must be stashing for potentially harsh weather conditions to come.

No pictures this weekend, but I did have a fairly decent count with 15 species and 80 individuals. Still no House Sparrows taking over (unbelievable that they aren't here) but a flock of the Darling Snarling Starlings has been hanging around and eating up the Suet. There were about 6 Starlings in the feeder area throughtout the day, but then I looked out at the front yard and there must have been a hundred grazing in the yard. At one point there were about 40 in the feeder area. Thank goodness they didn't stick around!

Mourning Dove

1

Red-bellied Woodpecker

1

Northern Flicker

1

Carolina Chickadee

2

Tufted Titmouse

3

White-breasted Nuthatch

1

Carolina Wren

2

European Starling

40

Song Sparrow

1

White-throated Sparrow

6

Dark-eyed Junco

6

Northern Cardinal

1

House Finch

5 (0 with eye disease)

American Goldfinch

9 (0 with eye disease)

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

1

Total Species / Individuals

15 / 80



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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Project FeederWatch - First Count of 2010

I wasn't able to count last weekend as I had a houseful of visitors in to celebrate the New Year. Wishing everyone the best for 2010!

A little bit of snow fell on St Louis Thursday and temperatures were frigid through the weekend. Guess that brought the birds to the feeders as I had 17 species and 61 individuals. The most active were the White-throated Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncoes and American Goldfinches. The chickadees and titmice only came around sporadically, but at least they showed up to be counted and, more importantly, filled up on the seed and suet to help them get through the cold nights.

White-throated Sparrow checking out the patio furniture

Getting a little nervous. A couple of times throughout the weekend a small flock of Starlings ascended upon the yard and feeders. Hopefully they won't become regulars. They are so annoying and terrible pigs!

Starlings invading the platform feeder


Count for the weekend:

Mourning Dove

1

Red-bellied Woodpecker

1

Downy Woodpecker

1

Northern Flicker

1

Blue Jay

1

Carolina Chickadee

2

Tufted Titmouse

3

Carolina Wren

2

Northern Mockingbird

1

European Starling

10

Song Sparrow

2

White-throated Sparrow

10

Dark-eyed Junco

8

Northern Cardinal

2

House Finch

4 (0 with eye disease)

American Goldfinch

10 (0 with eye disease)

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

2



Total Species / Individuals

17 / 61



Blue Jay


American Goldfinches fighting for position on the thistle sock


The Red-bellied Woodpecker and Northern Flicker were my favorite birds this weekend. Since I moved here, I know that they are around, but it wasn't until this weekend that they spent any time at all at the feeders.

Northern Flicker


Red-bellied Woodpecker


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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Another Low Count

Bird visits were still off this weekend for PFW. I was only in town a short while the first day of the count and absolutely no birds were at the feeders. It snowed early Sunday morning, yet the number of birds was still off. Conspicuously missing were the Chickadees, Titmice, Downy WP, and House Finches.

A very quick visit from the Mockingbird was a pleasant surprise.

Checklist for FeederWatch Missouri Birds

Mourning Dove

1

Carolina Wren

1

Northern Mockingbird

1

Song Sparrow

1

White-throated Sparrow

4

Dark-eyed Junco

6

Northern Cardinal

3

American Goldfinch

7 (0 with eye disease)

Total Species/Individuals

8 / 24


I was off work today and of course just about all of them returned, including a Northern Flicker and the Eurasian Tree Sparrows. Ah, the fickleness of birds.


Dark Eyed Junco

Northern Cardinal

Frosty Napping (Christmas Inflatable on the neighbor's porch blew over.)


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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cat Mischief

Lucy & Topaz are sweet, but sometimes you can't turn your back on them for a moment.



This was after I had already cleaned up after them once tonight. Then they try to look all innocent. Notice how Lucy (on the left) is looking upward? She's just itching to keep digging in the plant.



I have too much to do tonight to monitor them! Guess that's what doors are for. At least they haven't knocked the Christmas tree over, yet.

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