In Between the Constant Dripping…

birds-squirrels 038… we had fun watching the birds and squirrels in our yard and we managed to prune our apple tree. The Pine Siskins were quite active and numerous at the feeder.

birds-squirrels 012Incoming!

birds-squirrels 013Outgoing!

birds-squirrels 015Showing all their color!

birds-squirrels 001 This industrious squirrel thought maybe it could get to the feeder from the un-pruned branches of the apple tree. Silly squirrel…

2015-02-07 birds-squirrelsThree squirrels, the most we’ve seen altogether in our yard decided it was easier to pick up the droppings below the feeder.

pruning 002 We braved the dripping skies and started to prune the apple tree on Saturday.

pruning 005 On Sunday we managed to get the majority of the unwanted branches removed and cut down to size for the yard waste bin with just a few stragglers that we may or may not trim. We wouldn’t have been able to get so much done without the help of Andrew and Katie who came over after church on Sunday.

So we are feeling quite accomplished here at this old house. How was your weekend?

 

For the Birds?

Today is one of 3 days to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. I heard about this last year.

I filled this old bird feeder back up along with my two others. Time will tell what I see and count in a 15 minute period. This photo is from May of 2011 and I doubt I’ll see this Evening Grosbeak.

Yesterday afternoon we had some glorious sunshine but today we are cloudy and misting again. This is a long President’s weekend for some of us in the U.S.A. Dear gets Monday off but he is on call so there’s a possibility he’ll have to do some work on Monday but only from home so that will be nice.

Have a great weekend.

Looking Closely…

I took a little walk about the yard looking closely to see what I could see with my little pocket camera. The birds can ice skate in the bird feeder.

Mini icicles. It’s rare for us to get the large cool ones that Jill showed us.

These might be the needle ice crystals Jill showed on her blog. This is my blueberry bush.

This plant is my thyme.

As I drove out of our neighborhood I spied the snowman built by the kids down the street.

Then I saw this…a frozen spider web.

It was good to take the time to look closely. Have you had some time to look carefully and closely at the world around you?

Feed The Birds?

I’m really not sure who is getting more of the birdseed…

I see plenty little birds coming to the feeder, also. Today I have to refill the feeder because it is empty!

Tomorrow all the Christmas boxes are coming down out of the attic again and I hope to re-organize everything while I put stuff away. How long do you keep your tree and decorations up?

Do you have any big plans for New Year’s Eve?

Ruby Tuesday ~ Fluffy Tailed Sneak!

You should see the antics this squirrel has to pull off to get situated on our bird feeder for a nice meal.

It always makes us chuckle.

To see more Ruby visit Mary at Work of the Poet.

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

Ruby Tuesday ~ Finches

 

I bought a new bird feeder and it just happens to be a Ruby one! I put out two new types of seed. This is the first time I’ve seen these birds feeding from my kitchen window. From what I can see in my Field Guide to Western Birds this is a Evening Grosbeak Finch.

To see more Ruby Tuesday please visit Mary at Work of the Poet.

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.