Thursday, December 14, 2017

Day 344 - 14th December 2017 - Snow, Canada Geese and Bear's Brook

A sliver of moon hangs behind the trees, the stars are twinkling in the dark sky. First real snow fall of the season. Winter has arrived, although technically it doesn't happen til the 21st but try telling Mother Nature that. Sounds like anyone that had to be on the roads last evening had a rough time - white out conditions and slippery underneath. What I can see on the deck looks like a couple of inches which was more than the weather people were saying (flurries - 1 cm). Probably not enough for me to get out my snowshoes though. It rained all morning on Wednesday but by noon it had pretty well stopped so we brought in the tree from the building. Went for a quick jaunt and then hauled out the decorations and spent the afternoon  trimming the tree. Finished the last of the cherry dipping. Baking is done for another year unless I get the crazy urge to do something more next week.  So even though I started off being behind things are coming together. Will do my purge/fall cleaning after the holidays this year.
 Snow and Ice on bushes
 Canada Geese

Snow at Bear's Brook on Tuesday

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Day 343 - 13th December 2017 - Baltimore Oriole, Snow Bunting and Canada Geese

We headed it off to Yarmouth Tuesday, wasn't a bad day to go shopping if one has to do it.  The stores were busy but not like a Saturday so I managed to cope. My shopping is all done except for a few things to pick up in town which I'll do later this week. The rain even held off til we got home. I was surprised going up through the back road it was all snow, still some on the sides when we returned in the afternoon.  Before going home we took a quick run around to a few birding spots and I was delighted to find a Baltimore Oriole and a flock of 50+ Canada Geese.  I think we'll get the tree up today, not sure about decorations but that might get done too. Will wrap what I picked up yesterday and do a few other things around. It's coming together.

Baltimore Oriole
 A single Snow Bunting on the back road.
A few of the many Canada Geese - yes some were in a Cemetery. They must be regulars there as I saw them a couple of years go in the same spot.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 342 - 12th December 2017 - Reflections, Squirrel and Red berries

Cool this morning but not cold. Quiet - no sound of Owls or Ducks along the lake. Whatever weather system they were expecting for today seems to have fizzled out, now just some rain but not heavy rainfall until this evening. Oh and maybe a little snow early this morning. So it just might be a day to run to Yarmouth and finish up my shopping. Would love to get that done and I have a list - knowing what I want/need is a big part of the battle and means we can make a quick trip of it. Should be able to get back home before supper. Had a flock of about 30 Goldfinches yesterday morning, only a few came down to the feeders while the rest sat high in a tree. Got a lot crossed off my list - all gifts are wrapped, started putting together the tins of sweets - 7 done and a tray so far (many more to do), they are in the cold room and a few domestic things around the house. Even made it to exercise class last night.
 Seems to be a lot of Squirrels around again.
Red berries peeking through the snow

Enjoy your day!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Day 341 - 11th December 2017 - Brown Creeper, Goldfinch and Blue Jay

It's a white morning out there - ground and deck are covered in snow. According to the weather sites, this is one of those - snow inland, rain along the shore so it probably depends on where you are. Lots of rain again tomorrow afternoon/night but then it's known to change, so who knows! After all, it's not like you can tell Mother Nature what to do. Picked up a few groceries Sunday and we had Friday Night Club - always a fun evening. Managed to cross some things off my list yesterday, depending on how today goes, might be time to bring the tree in and put it up. The yard and feeder are getting busier. Saw a Brown Creeper yesterday, lots of Nuthatches and the Goldfinches are settling in. Although last year this time I had Pine Siskins, Evening Grosbeaks, Purple Finches and Juncos. No sign of those yet.

Brown Creeper
Blue Jay

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Day 340 - 10th December 2017 - Branches, Sunflower and Goldfinches

Saturday was a wet one, rain all day and hard rain last night. I'm sure the swamps, ditches, rivers and lakes must be up now. No complaints - we need it and you don't have to shovel it. Got a few things crossed off yesterday and should finish the last of the cherries and dipping today. Have a parcel to do up so it can be sent, will start some wrapping and if the weather breaks I'm taking Big B for a walk in the hood.  Seems she's been neglected lately. Had a  nice staff party last evening. Good to see everyone in a social setting. It's Friday Night Club and Aggravation tonight, the last one we'll have until after the New Year.
 Snow dipped branches
 I consider "chopping down" the sunflowers but even now I like the texture and look of them
Goldfinches appear

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Day 339 - 9th December 2017 - Sunflower, Blue Jay and Birdhouse

Friday I bypassed the baking for a change of pace. Some housework - laundry, sorted through Christmas gifts, etc. It was Thelma and Louise Day so truthfully I don't usually overexert myself anyway. I wanted to give my hand a little more rest before diving back into finishing the baking this morning and it seems to be pretty good.  Friday night club was postponed to Sunday night this week. Tonight we are off to a staff party. Tis the season for get togethers. The upcoming week of weather seems to be - rain, rain or snow, snow or rain, love when they give us options. The yard and feeders are getting more active, I've got one male Downy Woodpecker who is quite tame, enjoying the suet while I chat to him. The Goldfinches are getting more settled as well. Of course the Mourning Doves send everyone flying. They seem to be nervous birds with high anxiety.
 Sunflowers were dipped in snow, the squirrels and birds have picked them clean.
 The Blue Jays add some nice color to the yard, even though they are a bit greedy
The bird house sits waiting for spring and hopefully Swallows will return and nest.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Day 338 - 8th December 2017 - White Breasted Nuthatch, Junco and Sunlight

It's Friday and it's snowing! I'm up a little too early but went to bed  way too early. If you are falling asleep in the chair it's time for bed, or that's my theory anyway.  At least my hand is feeling somewhat better this morning, not 100% yet but getting there. I pushed it yesterday and got most of the dipping done I needed to do. Still have some more liquored up cherries to wrap and dip and that will finish off the baking unless I get wild and crazy and do some more. Oops, I still have some cookies that need frosting. Think I'll skip the baking this morning and get some things done around the house - laundry caught up, etc. Also want to sort out my Christmas shopping and make a list of what I still need. Some time this week we should find a tree too. Oh well it will all get done, I'm sure.
 I love watching the Nuthatches - White Breasted.
 Junco - saw this one a while ago, but haven't seen them around the feeders yet.
A hazy morning on the lake with the sun shining through the trees.

Enjoy your day!