Thursday, January 17, 2008

5 inches of snow!

About 5 inches of snow fell since early this morning resulting in a mad rush of birds to the feeders.

This female Northern Cardinal, two male Purple finches, and a male American Goldfinch wait patiently for their turn at the feeder.

These Mourning Doves are not waiting for the feeder since they feed on the ground. I guess they are just trying to keep warm.

This is the best photograph I could get of the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker feeding on suet. He has been around for the last month. He will not eat sunflower seeds so I am trying to keep the suet there all the time.

Chris--here are my 7 random facts about me. I don't have anybody to tag since I think everyone's blog I read has been tagged. This might be more than you wanted to know...

  1. I have 9 brothers and sisters, 20 nieces and nephews, 40+ great nieces and nephews, and 2 great-great nephews.
  2. For future retirement, my parents bought an Ozark farm when I was about 11. I loved the woods, the vegetable garden, and especially the creek where I swam almost everyday during the summer.
  3. When I was a rising high school senior, I went up in the workmen’s elevator on the outside of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis before it was finished (actually about two-thirds done). I was the second woman to go up in the Arch (after my boyfriend’s father’s girlfriend) but officially the mayor’s wife was the first but her ride was the easy way on the inside train after the Arch’s completion.
  4. I lived on a sailboat in St. Thomas Harbor in the U.S. Virgin Islands for six months in the 70s. It was rent-free because my husband’s and my best qualifications were that we didn’t know how to sail; and so, we would not be tempted to take the boat out of the harbor.
  5. In 1999, I spent a week in Kuwait presenting at a conference. One evening at the hotel, I received a special delivery letter from the U.S. Embassy warning me to be on guard for kidnappers because President Clinton had given an ultimatum to the Afghan government to hand over Osama bin Laden. At the time, I had no idea who Osama bin Laden was.
  6. I love to play pool and compete in an area billiards league.
  7. Nature is my refueler and my best source of inspiration (also inspiring are other nature bloggers).


  1. Great pictures of birds in the trees!

  2. Whoa -- nice photos! Especially the two purple finches, cardinal and goldfinch. A lovely job.


  3. Oh my gosh... I LOVE the finches and cardinal shot. So colorful!

    Interesting facts! Glad you weren't kidnapped.

  4. Stacie--thanks for the note. Today, I will try to get a few more pictures before the sun melts the snow.

  5. Jennifer--Thanks. Yes, I had a close call in Kuwait when I went out on my own but other than that, it was a great experience I will never forget.

  6. Two things:
    1. You have such a fascinating life! What neat random things you've told, thanks for playing along, I'm glad you did:)

    2. The cardinal and his friends picture is just amazing! If I can have your permission, can I paint that photo? When I'm done I'll make you a print!

  7. Chris--you are welcome to use the photo of the finches and cardinal for your artwork. I can't wait to see it. Joan

  8. Your first photo looks like a greeting card. Very pretty!

    And, yes, you do have a life full of stories to tell :o)

  9. Mary--I think you love birds as much as I do. Enjoyed seeing your blog. Joan

  10. love those photos and the first one is perfect! I love how they are all lined up for you!

  11. Joan, when I drive through the mountains on the way to Maryland from NC, I always dream of living away from subdivisions. I love the birds and tend to them well, but think they are more content nesting away from noise and city clutter... You are fortunate.

  12. Monarch--glad you liked the photo of the finches and cardinal.
    Mary-- I think birds are like people. Some like the goldfinches and house sparrows prefer the suburbs while others, wood thrushes and purple finches, prefer the country.

  13. Seth--thanks for the note. Hope we have some more snow and then a quick melt with warmer weather! Joan

  14. My brother-in-law lived on a sailboat in St. Thomas in the 70s--you're kidding!!

  15. Nina--that's an interesting coincidence! I knew quite a few other people moored in the harbor but probably wouldn't remember any names--maybe their boats.