Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"This Little Bird"

I do love these Red Breasted Nuthatches! I read a great description recently- "The adult has blue-grey upper parts and cinnamon underpants" Love it!
We continue to have mostly mild weather with a couple days of cool. The Cardinals are singing their hearts out up in the trees.
Many cat visits over the last few days. I managed to get Sweet Pea to eat out of a bowl on a few occasions.
Sorry, totally blurry but I loved the expression of Miss Kitty's face. She and Punkin are hanging around together again but I'm not seeing the constant hot pursuing that Punkin was doing a couple weeks ago. They just show up together and ask for a meal. I hope to get a clearer photo!
We had a bit of snow one day last week and I walked over to the grocery store. It was warming up and very foggy. I popped into the apple orchard to get a few photos. Looks like someone else had the same idea.
Again not the best photo but Snowball wiggles around so much it is hard to get a clear one. She just loves Chuck!
Grackles are back! I was so surprised to see a small flock of them a few days ago. Last year I didn't see them until March 16.
Beautiful sunrise on the weekend. We had received a dusting of snow but it shortly melted when the sun came up.
So many flocks of geese too.
Here is a new member of the menagerie! Taken through the screen door as I didn't want to startle him. Usually I only see him at night but he came during the day yesterday. The name Smokey popped into my head when I saw him.
I walked through the gardens to see if anything was coming up. The sedum's are up…….
……...along with whatever this is!
More sedum's………...
……………and snowdrop's. As this is our first Spring in the house it will be interesting to see what plants we have.

Just a hodgepodge of photos today. We've stayed home the past few days painting the master bath and going for long walks enjoying the Spring-like weather.

As I type this I can hear Robin's chirping and the Cardinal singing too. Lovely!

I so appreciate all the wonderful comments everyone has been leaving. You all are so kind!💗

Have a wonderful week!
Robin🐦

57 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos as always, I love how you've captured the sunset. Smokey is a lovely colour, so fluffy as well. Snowdrops are amongst my favourite, letting us know Spring isn't too far away xx

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    1. Hi Cheryl, thanks so much! I am really spoiled in this house being able to get such wonderful sunrise and sunset photos.
      I was so surprised to see Smokey out during the day. He is very skittish so I don't think I will be petting him anytime soon.
      I am listening as I type this to all sorts of birds chirping. I hope Spring isn't too far off although we are supposed to turn colder later in the week.
      Have a good day!

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  2. I saw snowdrops on Sunday, snapped a pic, could hardly believe any were up in February. Mind you, we're back down to normal (and below) temps come Thursday. Just as well, too warm right now isn't good, doesn't bode well for spring/summer.

    Oh, all those cats, and now Smokey too. Bless you for feeding them all and caring so much. ♥

    Love the foggy photo, I think it's my favourite. Fog always lends itself to atmospheric shots. :-)

    Enjoy the sunshine before the rain sets in!

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    1. Hi Kim, I heard we are supposed to be colder by the end of the week. I want to get out today and enjoy the sun!
      Miss Kitty and Sweet Pea have already been by for their breakfast. Yesterday was very busy here just before supper. Chuck was on the phone, I was trying to make supper and two kitties were standing outside waiting for their supper. I know, I am nuts!
      I wanted to go farther into the apple orchard but I only had sneakers on. Wish I had worn boots!
      Have a good day Kim!

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  3. Hello, Yay for spring. Love the cute kitties and the pretty birds. The nuthatch is a favorite of mine. Your sunrise shot is beautiful. Enjoy and have a happy day!

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    1. Hi Eileen,glad you enjoyed the photos! I just arrived home from my walk where I saw Red Winged Blackbirds. That usually to me is a sure sign Spring is here but I wonder this year. It is so early.
      Have a great day!

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  4. Gee, now I want a pair of cinnamon underpants! LOL! Our snowdrops are up too; was trying to take some photos, plus some blue sky. When it's warm, I feel the outside cats canned food, but then it dips down below freezing, and they get kibble.

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    1. I laughed at the cinnamon underpants! What a great description!
      I leave kibble out pretty well all the time. If I notice one of the cats at the door I will serve them wet food. Hard this time of year when usually it is too cold for wet food. I try to change the water frequently too so they have a chance of getting a drink. I saw poor Miss Kitty drinking the salty water on the side of the road on a cold day. Yuck!
      Hope you are having a good day!

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  5. Your "whatever" plant may be pachysandra, which grows like a ground cover. Enjoyed the photos and cinnamon underpants - that will stick in my head! Kim in PA

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    1. Hi Kim, thanks for dropping by! Pachysandra, I will look that up. Thanks for letting me know. It does cover a large area.
      I love the cinnamon underpants description, it is so perfect!
      Enjoy the rest of the day.

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    1. All the menagerie are very well treated here. Sometimes we have to watch out because they all don't get along. Snowball and Miss Kitty will fight if they get a chance. On more than one occasion we have had one cat going out the front door and another one coming in the back.
      Hope you all are having a great day too!

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  7. Your photos are gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing, you have made my day. :)

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    1. Hi Linda, nice to hear from you again. So glad you enjoyed the photos. Hope your day is going well.
      Take care.

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  8. Yes, your photos are wonderful, even of the wiggling pets! :-)

    This time of year, is a bit iffy. Hate to see any blooming, where we live. Know winter is not done with us yet. Etc. Etc. Etc.

    March may be coming tomorrow, but it is no guarantee....

    Happy Eve of March, to you!
    Luna Crone

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    1. Hi Luna, Snowball is such a wiggler. She always is so happy to see Chuck.
      I was listening to a garden show yesterday and the gentleman stated plants that are coming up this early should be fine if and when we return to the cold and snow. That was good to hear.
      We are in for a day or two of rain here before a return to cooler weather.
      Hope everything is good in your neck of the woods!

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    1. It actually is a sunrise. This past week we have enjoyed a few purple/red sunrises. Something good about getting up early!
      Take care.

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  10. The Snowdrops are so pretty and appear to be spreading. Mine do not spread at all but neither do they disappear over the winter. I would like to dig out a small clump and bring it indoors but the ground is frozen hard. I wonder how they can survive in solid earth? I'm not familiar with a Sedum that comes up red. Do you know which one it is?

    We had yet another snowfall of several inches yesterday. Maybe turning the page on the calendar will bring nicer weather.

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    1. You are so lucky to have flowers all winter! I can't imagine that.
      Sorry I can't remember what sedum it is. Merv next door gave me a whole wheelbarrow full of perennials. I forgot 3/4's of the names of the plants!
      I didn't hear you received snow yesterday. Oh too bad, I thought you were done with winter!
      Hope your snow melts quickly!

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  11. Beautiful collection of pictures.
    Many birds around by me this morning too along my walk. Spring is in the air.

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    1. Hi Karen, thanks for your kind words.
      I went for a walk this morning too, it was so beautiful. Glad you had a nice walk.
      Take care!

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  12. I love the photos of birds and cats. I love having a warmer than usual day when I can sit on the porch and listen to the birds! Your sunrise pics are lovely also. I have a better view of sunset from our house. Wishing you a good evening.

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    1. Hi Mildred, we have a large window overlooking our backyard that allows me to get great bird photos. Living in our small town the highest building we have is three stories so I do have a mostly clear view for sunrises and sunsets. We have windows that face east and west so it makes it even easier.
      Have a great day!

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    2. I was petting my cat Trixie last night late and she rolled over exposing her orange-ish tummy. I thought of the description of the bird with its cinnamon underpants! lol

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    3. I know, I can't get that description out of my head. It is so perfect!
      Take care Mildred.

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  13. Cinnamon underpants made me laugh!!!

    Beautiful photos. I'm so glad I found you blog. ♥

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    1. Hi Dee, I tend to have a bit of a strange sense of humour so I hesitated whether to post the cinnamon underpants. I am glad others enjoyed the description!
      I am really glad that you found me Dee. I always enjoy answering everyone's comments.
      Enjoy your day!

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  14. That first picture is too precious. As was the description of the nuthatch:)
    And the sunrise pic just took my breath away.
    I hope Punkin not being in hot pursuit isn't because they've trysted........

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    1. Hi Sandra, I do love nuthatches, what am I saying, I love all birds, but they are extra adorable being so small.
      I was sitting and reading after breakfast when Chuck phoned me on his way to work. He saw the beautiful sunrise and phoned to tell me about it so I wouldn't miss it. He knows me so well!
      I am assuming Miss Kitty is fixed as she was someone's pet. Apparently she has been hanging around the neighbourhood for a few years and no one has ever seen her with kittens.
      Take care!

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    2. Whew. Glad to hear that. She's so pretty.

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  15. I'm very intrigued by the mystery plant... please keep us updated on it.

    The cardinals are very noisy around here right now. And when I switch trains in Aldershot, the blackbirds are all hanging out in the yard, just tweeting away.

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    1. Hi Valerie, I will keep a watch on these plants and see what they do. I am looking forward to photos of your gardens!
      As I am typing this the Grackles are making a racket outside. We are really warm this morning as I imagine you are. I guess we are in for some cooler weather over the next few days.
      Be well!

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  16. All these great story telling photos... and snowdrops! I laughed out loud at the caption "We had A BIT of snow..." that accompanied that photo.

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    1. Hi Mitchell, I guess we had received a little bit more than a bit of snow! It did my heart so much good to see the snowdrops. Flowers in February! I guess you are used to that living in Spain.
      Wishing you and S.G. a wonderful day!

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  17. The robins have been chirping, the cardinals singing and singing, the geese honking as they go over, and then I saw a large flock of red wing blackbirds yesterday. Spring is arriving. Today it is pouring of rain, then it is getting colder and it looks like a bit of winter will return for a few days. Enjoy March.

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    1. Hi Linda, the Red Winged Blackbirds seemed to come back all at once. I saw so many yesterday morning on my walk. The sun is just peeping out now so we will have a nice walk this afternoon.
      Take care and Happy March to you!

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  18. You do live in such a beautiful place. Spring is coming... even here on the crazy soggy north coast of California. The birds tell us. They always know! Wonderful photos.

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    1. Hi Robin, YOU live in a beautiful place even being soggy. I couldn't imagine having hummingbird's in February! It is so early to have all the harbinger's of Spring here already but I guess they know something we don't!
      Have a great day.

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  19. Happy March 1. Snowball looks comfy:)

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    1. Hi Sandra, Snowball does make herself right at home. Hard to refuse her!
      Take care.

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    2. I find Red-breasted nuthatches quite enchanting but only see one here about once a year. In fact I planted some red pines just for them, having read that they like that tree. Wow, the gardens in your area are a lot more advanced than mine. You must live in a milder zone than mine in Ottawa. Your cat visitors certainly wear different colours. Thank you for sharing your sights!

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    3. Hi, Thanks for popping by! We are in Brighton, down on Lake Ontario so we are a bit milder than you are up in Ottawa.
      We just recently moved into this house and one of the first birds I saw was the Red-breasted Nuthatch. Not a bird I saw in our other homes with any regularity. He and the white-breasted ones are frequent visitors at the feeders.
      Yes, we have cats of all different colours here at our home. It is really sad that there are so many wandering cats, whether they are owned or not.
      Have a good day, stay warm!

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  20. Oh, boy, I did enjoy this series of shots...my favorite is the one at the orchard. But just a nice visit.

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    1. Hi Rose, I am so glad you enjoyed the photos. I took a number while I was in the orchard but this one turned out the best. I wish I could have gone farther in but stupidly I wasn't wearing boots!
      Enjoy your day!

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  21. Blowing snow, today. It's a bit of a shock, isn't it?!

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    1. Hi Jenn, I heard parts of Ontario are getting hit with snow. I have family up in Sudbury who are experiencing it too.
      It is a shock after being 10C yesterday.
      Have a good day!

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  22. Oh, Robin! Cinnamon underpants! I love it. I could use that for my future "chick band" name! And that is so very exciting to see what comes up in your new-ish yard. How fun!
    xoxo
    Lynn

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    1. Hi Lynn, cinnamon underpants seems to be a big hit! It would make a fabulous name for a chick-band.
      Have a great weekend!

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  23. Hi Robin! Aw! The cardinal! Gorgeous!
    We have nuthatches. They are such sweet little fellows.

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    1. Hi Pom Pom, Cardinals are pretty handsome aren't they?
      I love watching the nuthatches flitting around, so cute.
      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  24. You have all the fun stuff in this post: nature, wild and friendly animals, spring flowers emerging. Love it all!

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    1. Hi Marcie, I post things that I enjoy! Glad you enjoy them too.
      Have a great weekend!

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  25. I love seeing flocks of geese! I saw one for the first time in months a few days ago. It was great! A sign of spring, right?:)

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    1. Hi Sandra, we live very close to a bird migration stop over area so we tend to have geese and swans here year round. Along with lots of corn fields that provide them food in the winter, geese have a bit easier time here.
      Take care.

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  26. Love the pics. The photo of CHuck and Snowball is so sweet. So much love!

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    1. Hi Natalie, glad you enjoy the photos. Snowball is a big kook! She doesn't realize how large she is and crashes into things and then looks so perplexed. She just wiggles with joy when she sees Chuck. We only see her every few weeks. We have no idea where she lives. The love is mutual that's for sure!
      Hope you are feeling better!

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