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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Nature Notes: Crazy Quilt

Crazy quilt pretty much sums up the weather nature provided this past week.
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On a mild, rainy day the female cardinal above had a shower and bath at the same time.
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The next night we finally had a snow shower.
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I was hoping we'd get more snow than we did but it changed to freezing rain.
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It was pretty but I'm still hoping for a big fluffy snow.
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The icy layer on top did make fun sounds when I walked through it.
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It also stuck around longer even after the temperature was above freezing.
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An ice layer over snow takes longer to melt.
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The little sparrow looked cold but was grateful for treats I put out.
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The one time I always try and feed the birds is when we have snow or extra low temperatures.
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Some of the icy shapes clung to the leaves.
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I still have piles of leaves I raked up in the fall but haven't moved yet.
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There were little holes in the wintry mix which may have been from the hard freezing rain or possibly animals.
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By Sunday most of the ice and snow melted and I walked at the lake.
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I tried to photograph a great blue heron in flight but didn't get the picture until it landed in a pine tree.
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I almost never catch them in the trees.
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The gulls were quite active at the lake.
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The geese were foraging for food.
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19 comments:

Une Angevine said...

super cet oiseau à la bassine

DeniseinVA said...

I have never seen a Great Blue Heron high in a tree before. Lovely series here, very enjoyable!

Cezar and Léia said...

Splendid nature and your pictures are beautiful!
hugs
Léia

Rebecca said...

Nice winter shots!

Andrea said...

I love your photos, but most of all I am awed by those wiskers on top of the head on the tree. It was so elegant there on top!

Laura said...

what a grand montage of images Carver!

Hanne Bente said...

Great image series showing. Can really good like heron. Wish you a good day :) Hanne Bente

Leora said...

Heron in a tree is fabulous! The gulls flying around your lake is splendid as well. Stay warm.

eileeninmd said...

Great series, Carver! I love the heron in the tree and the gull shot. Wonderful nature scenes, have a great evening!

Karen said...

A terrific series Carver. That cardinal is so pretty, and the heron...I have never seen one in a tree!

Indrani Ghose said...

Great series of shots from the nature around you.

guild-rez said...

Great pictures!!
Love the Great Blue Heron in the tree!!
Thank you for sharing,
Gisela.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lots of wonderful bird sightings in your changeable weather. I'm not at all sorry you missed the flight shot of the heron b/c I haven't seen one in a tree for ages and I loved your picture. When we lived in Oregon (before we sold our house) there was a heron rookery near our house and it was so amazing to see those big old things sitting on skinny branches.

Gattina said...

Beautiful winter pictures ! A hard time for birds, I love the little bath taking "punk", lol !

Pat said...

Wonderful series showing your crazy weather.

Rambling Woods said...

We too had a mixed bag..thanks for putting food out in bad weather as I know you are saving some birdy lives.. FANTASTIC captures of the heron..I love those guys...Michelle

SandyCarlson said...

So much snow! I hope the birds can take it.

Beautiful images.

NatureFootstep said...

it is soon time for them to come back. :)

Marie said...

It's still SOOOO pretty! Love the berries, and the blue heron shots!