I never for a day gave up listening to the songs of our birds,
or watching their peculiar habits,
or delineating them in the best way I could. ~the talented and inspiring, John James Audubon
We have been busy here at the homeplace, battening down the hatches. The lawn and porch has been cleared of anything that might blow away in 60 mile an hour winds, and this morning Rich is going to the store to stock up on essentials, or rather, one big essential for us, which is milk. School has been cancelled for two days, however, as a homeschooling family in prior years, we will be “doing school” regardless. Rich is home with us, as his office has called to advise employees to work from home. All this done in the name of preparation, for hurricane Sandy.
There has been a lot of action at the bird feeders lately. I wonder if the “storm brewing” atmosphere is making the tiny birds extra hungry.
We first noticed an unusual number of Pine Siskins. On a typical day, we may get a couple of them….but for days we had a flock.
I think these are purple finches.
We also have had a lot of mourning doves. We love these gentle, slow walking birds with the blue eye liner. They make me laugh the way they waddle down the bank to the feeders. Grace saw a line of them sitting on the peak of the garage roof.
Lots of friendly chickadees come, and this bird with the spot of red is a Hairy Woodpecker.
These beautiful birds were excitingly new visitors for us. I believe they are Evening Grosbeaks.
Nuthatch, I love their upside-down ways.
The very lovely blue, but gluttonous Blue Jay.
I put a couple small pumpkins on the ground under the feeders, to add more color and interest to my pictures. I wonder if the birds appreciate the fall decor, just for them?
We have also seen cardinals, juncoes, titmice, and sparrows.
We had about 10 mourning doves visiting at one time. They kept Davy and me busy counting.
And then, after the rest of us had walked away from the window, little Sarah saw a SQUIRREL. To our knowledge, this is the first squirrel to ever visit. In fact, “we have no squirrels” is one of the children’s favorite nature laments. So, this was a big treat for us. We watched it eat seed from it’s handy, small paws and admired it’s luxurious tail.