Brown Thrasher in the feeder

Brown Thrashers are ground feeders, and I had never seen one in a bird feeder before until recently. They literally thrash around on the ground, mostly under trees and bushes, to uncover insects and grubs. But during our recent snow I spied this one in the feeder just outside my kitchen window…

Red-bellied woodpeckers in the snow

Red-bellied woodpeckers are commonly seen in the eastern U.S. in woodland and forest areas. I see them year-round, and they usually come to the feeders in the mornings. Even though the brightest red coloration is on their heads, they are not known as Red-headed woodpeckers but instead as Red-bellied because of the red that also…

Cardinals in the snow

I know so many people who say that they’ve never seen a cardinal in their garden or in the feeder and others who say it is very rare to see one. I see cardinals year round, and they sometimes come in great numbers to my bird feeders. They usually come in pairs. And they’re very…

After the winter storm

The Flowering Quince (which for reasons unknown has bloomed in the dead of winter these past few years) made it through Winter Storm Izzy. The blooms that were already open are drooping and lifeless, but the buds look as if they may open up soon. Linked to Cee’s Flower of the Day

In the dead of winter…

Once again this year my Flowering Quince bushes are blooming in the dead of winter. The buds and blooms have survived many nights of below freezing temperatures. We have what may prove to be a severe winter storm coming this weekend. I hope the Quince survive the ice and snow that are predicted to be…

Autumn sunset

It’s been a long time since I witnessed a sunset from my front porch. But I’m no longer driving to my father’s house every day to help care for him and then coming home after dark each evening. Sadly, he passed away on Tuesday after eight months of being in at-home hospice care. He was…

A little Autumn color

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” Emily Bronte