Tuesday, December 31, 2019

12.31.19 HAPPY NEAR YEAR! And a rare treat - Blue birds at the feeders.

Another year come and nearly gone. Where does the time go? It seems like we were just preparing for Christmas and now it is time to move forward into the new year. 2020! A cool number.

We had a bit of wintry weather these last two days - sleet, hail, snow, thunder and lightning. Shoveled this morning just in case it freezes and it is hard to manage the driveway when it is a sheet of ice. The boys enjoyed the time outside - always chasing those elusive squirrels!

Once we finished the outside chores, which includes feeding the birds, the boys received a special treat and I was enjoying a nice cup of tea watching the bird feeders. All of a sudden there was a flash of blue - yes bluebirds mixed with the chickadees, titmouse, cardinals and juncos (one of my favorite winter birds). A pair of bluebirds stayed within view for quite a while. They were feeding at the suet feeder and perching on the fence. What a special treat for ending one year!

Here is the male perched on a branch of a nearby bush across the driveway. All of the pictures are taken through a storm door and inner door glass window. I thought if I went outside with the camera the birds would not come to the feeders. So the quality is what it is! But we can clearly see the pair. He is a handsome bird. I have seen bluebirds in early Spring in the yard, but never in the middle of winter.

Here is the female - a smart looking bird.                                 

Hope they stay warm if they are going to overwinter here. I will make certain to keep the suet feeders and other bird feeders supplied with food to help them stay fed. I also have a water bowl for them and must remember to thaw out the ice and snow and put in some warm water for them.

Here she is at the suet feeder. Clever girl.

Here is the pair at the suet feeder. They appear to like suet better than sunflower seed.

The pair on the fence. It is nice to see the pair together.

Hope seeing bluebirds  means it will be a short and mild winter!

Fionnegan decided he liked his bone after Gunnarr tried to take it from him.

Shorty is still wearing his sweater - he had a treat, is nice and cozy warm and ready for a nap!

May you all have a safe New Year's Eve if you are traveling and celebrating. 

And may you all have a Happy and Healthy New Year 2020.

My very best wishes always.

And may the blue bird bring you much happiness and joy!

1 comment:

  1. We wish you a happy and healthy New Year too! What great pictures! Love seeing them! Ro