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miss popularity

today I was very popular at the feeders

The smart little beggars realized I didn’t have my camera. I had a cancelation this morning, so decided to take the opportunity handed me to drive out and top up the feeders. It was quiet there were only a few cars in the lot, no photographers around, it was blissful. I took my pruners to cut back the dead branches that were in the way, then brought out the black sunflower seeds.. there were actually few birds around, its amazing as soon as the black seeds landed in the feeders, I was swarmed. Where they all came from.. I have no idea. But suddenly I was surrounded, even by the gross beaks who boldly sat and dined with a very relaxed air.

Ah ha.. the sound I was waiting for, the Blue Jays.. yes.. there they were, 5 of them.. swooping down, gathering seeds taking time to dance and flap for me. By then I had the gotten the peanuts and was distributing them in the flat feeders. They were happy, I’d say even chatty. Taking their time to look over at me as they casually pecked up the seeds and peanuts. If I didn’t know better, I’d think they could see that my camera was missing from around my neck.

They actually seemed to be in top form, flaunting their beauty and gracefully flying from branch to branch, within very close range to me. When I’m there with my camera they fly up to the highest of branches, but not today.. no.. uh uh.. a few times. I could have sworn they would land within arms reach from me, and then pop off with a happy little caw. almost like a “gotcha!”

All this to say, I saw many Blue Jays today, and was entertained by them. It was fun, but I have not one picture to show you. nadda. Even the Gross Beaks as I say, were friendly, but now that I think of it, I didn’t see the bigger woodpeckers…. hmmmmm.

Start by thinking “this is interesting! ” Even when you are dealing with a difficult situation, it is important to find something interesting about it.. From there, you will be blessed with wisdom and something new will come out of it.

Perfect Liberty 2019.5

Oyashikiri

an early avatar dating back to maybe 2013 SL Second life

Sunday 27th

Breakfast companion
this little guy is smaller, making his way to the suet on the left.

I’m finding great comfort in spending time with the birds. I’ve even got my trunk set up like a cafeteria, every-thing ready for me to access when I get to the feeding areas. Some days it is just too cold to be fiddling with seed bags that are still factory sealed, Or get to the suet blocks that are still in their retail packaging.

I have been eyeing some of the cameras and the special lens attachments that the serious cameramen are toting. So far I’ve only gotten to the stage where I am making enquiries .. and talking to them about their equipment. The reality at the moment is that by the time I get to the feeders, asses what needs to be replaced, fill and relocate feeder trays etc. I’m usually dealing with frozen fingers.

Live radiantly as the sun. Strive to always be bright and cheerful so you can enliven those around you.

Perfect Liberty 2020.27

Happiness is spending time with YOU.

Oyashikiri

breakfast companion

It was raining over the ice covered ground, but still I made my way to the feeding area. I was rewarded with this fella, he was not disturbed by my presence, and I was thrilled that he continued eating away, while I refilled the other feeders. He was a big guy, compared to the one I met later at the other feeder.

this one was shy, he/she stayed pretty much behind the suet.

Offer your services instead of expecting from others. Take the initiative to do what you can to help others. Understand their needs and act swiftly.

Perfect Liberty 2020.14

It is not easy to walk alone in the country without musing upon something.

Charles Dickens

Oyashikiri

Evening Grosbeak

Try as I might, the beautiful face eluded me when the camera clicked. What a beautiful face, so bold, so striking. Sometimes called the beautiful magical vagabond, it seems that its appearance in the woodlands where I go, has drawn birders to the area to try and catch a glimpse. I confess I cheated, I bribed them with black seeds.. I got there and filled the empty feeders.. then stepped back and waited.

At first I thought ahhh I’m in luck a couple of blue jays arrived.. I got my camera ready, and of course as soon as I was ready they flew off. While I stood there deciding what I wanted to do I saw a flash of gold, and the wonderful masked head of the Grosebeak. Its face is so “arresting”.. the beak, and the markings on the face are vivid.

Their colouring is described as mustard yellow, with a big pale bill and gold eyebrows. I will have to go back and try again for a frontal view. I have googled it.. and see pictures of the face, but I want to capture a face for myself. An intriguing personality, I’m inspired. =^_^= I, of course am convinced there will be non as beautiful as the ones I saw today. =^_^=

To my long time birding friend, who knows until recently I have had no real interest in birds, “yes, I went out today and got myself a couple of Bird books so that I can identify the birds I find.” One of the ladies who sought me out to thank me for putting food out so they would come, had her ID book, from which she showed me the bird and the write up. Keeps it in her car she does..

This could be a passing fancy, but for now.. I am keen!

Always be cheerful, happy and good humored. When you make effort to be cheerful and happy, you will naturally begin to feel that way.

Perfect Liberty 2020.12

Oyashikiri

https://www.ontario.ca/page/evening-grosbeak

one then 2

I drove out to the woodlands this morning to see if the birds had decided to feed at the new feeders I put out the other day. I was pleased to see one, and then a second one land on the suet feeder. I had to refill the other ones I had put out with seed. Today I had with me stale bagels that I had broken into bits, I put out a basket and hung it from another tree. Didn’t take long for the call to go out amongst the birds… I soon had birds coming from all directions. =^_^=.. There had been snow overnight, and I had one tire that was loosing air, but I was glad I made the journey.

The rest of the day was spent arranging for the tire to be repaired. Then going back to the dealer to have the work done. While waiting for the car, I sat and read a newspaper, something I don’t do, except when one is made available to me. There is a good reason I don’t read the newspaper, it seems that for something to be worthy of print it has to be negative reporting. I did learn that our Prime Minister has a step brother, who has opposing views on life. (rolls eyes and stifles a yawn).

We are nearing mid December there are many “holidays” approaching, at one time there would be stories and pictures of decorated homes, features on the various traditions being celebrated in different communities. I saw none of that.

So, I thought I’d post of my happy visit to the woodland, and the activities of the birds, squirrels and other little creatures that inhabit the world in our green spaces. I hope to have my monopod this week, and then I will be able to experiment with it to capture better pictures of the birds that come to dine.

Treasure each moment in time. Life is a continuation of “now”. Treasure each and every moment as it comes, so that you can live your life as fully as possible without regrets.

Perfect Liberty 2016.10

Oyashikiri

interlude

A drive to get petrol for my car, took me beyond where I “had” to go… down through county roads that led me past way too much colour and “wow” moments.

Is there such a thing as colour over-load. This year we have been simply inundated with day after day of Nature’s magical palette. Yes many of the trees are now bare.. Enough so that you can see their stark beauty as you walk the nature trail.

the birds that I saw flying from tree to tree, were plentiful, their songs were a constant melody of various notes as they went about their business.

If you are going to do it, do it joyfully. If you have to do something, choose to do it with joy and enthusiasm. By doing so, you will experience a deeper sense of beauty.

Perfect Liberty 2014.23

looking for birds

Trekking through an area of land that until very recently was unknown to me, it is only some 15 minutes from me.. Yes I’ve been driving by for years, and never knew his gem existed. Took a serious world ” happening” to get me to actually get out of my car and explore the area. Also.. to give credit where it is due, it took my dog taking off on me out of the car .. and heading down one of the trails with an urgent need to explore.

I took him back there today, but on a leash. He was not impressed. The little missy, balked at going out, so .. guess what.. she got left at home. Too bad so sad, was not going to insist. When Velcro and I came home, we were both full of the most wonderful tantalizing smells. Don’t know how they communicate, but they certainly seemed to be having a good exchange of information ..

About the birds, I saw flashes of colour here and there, and birds darting from one tree to another.. but was unable to get one to light long enough for me to grab a picture. What I can tell you is that right now the woods are filled with the chirping and singing of the many species that are taking temporary accommodation in the area as they migrate through Ontario.

Life is really an adventure, some chapters are easy reading, and others are jam packed with excitement, tension, and the unknown.. Whatever chapter you are in, you have to know.. that the next page will bring something new into your awareness, it will be forever unfolding.

There will always be a way. if you persist and be creative without giving up, you will find solutions that you had not considered before.

Perfect Liberty 2020.28

Oyashikiri

at the locks

 

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Big imposing, a lot to take in.  What catches my attention, are all the interesting geometric details, with the fading light, I lingered here and there with my eyes, chasing shadows that were by now long and wide ready to call it a day.

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Although my husband and I were both taking in the scene, our focus and attention was drawn in totally different directions. The time was spent by each of us in his own “world” at that given time.  The crowd gathered at the picnic tables, were oblivious to our wanderings, and really, that is how it should be…. if you are paying attention to other activities besides the one you are “involved” in, then you are not being “present” in the moment, with the people you are meeting with.

My husband and I are aware that each has his/her own “interests”, we respect and allow that to happen, when we are back in the car and on our way, we share the “adventure” and often get a new perspective to entice and draw us back.

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Like the birds, we will fly by and explore another time

Oyashikiri

PL Principle # 10      I will live in true harmony with my spouse

PL Principle # 3     I will live with a mind of appreciation towards others and things

Raven – crow

Crow and wolf

friends, forever,

you are my brother, my kin

we wander and forage together

I  see above the trees

you bring foes to their knees

together our life begins

no enemy will be let in

crow kangaly.ru

Wolves and crows have long been known to socialize.  A crow/raven is smart, and  wise, often acting as a scout, when they are out and about together.  Amongst themselves, the black bird will share with friends, and spread the word when it finds something to “crow” about.  Ravens are said to activate the energy of magic and links it to our will and intentions. When we accept the Raven/crow,  we are helped to take unformed thoughts and to make them reality.

One of my earlier stories featured, Rocco a black crow that came into our lives, and with his strong personality, he took us on some wonderful adventures in a forest not far from our home,  It was with his guidance that I met the most interesting “personalities and characters” that dwelt in the forest, on the floor and in the trees.

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Imagination is a wonderful blessing.  Through the raven I have learned and heard many stories come to life within my inner realm of words.  What is it about the crow/raven that fascinates some yet totally repels another.  No one really knows.  I find them to be my kin, I love their conversation, and their opinionated calls.  When they come together to enjoy some social time, they can be very lively and vocal…. when they are deep in thought and searching, their silent energy can be intoxicating, for they focus with determination, and fly with their radar on.  All their sense in alert mode.  They remember friends, and know their foe.  In a study done it was determined that the New Caledonian Crow can make inferences about the behavior of hidden animals in its environment, an ability previously observed ony in humans (Los Angeles Times)

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They can be ornery and loud, but who can say they are never loud or get ornery.  For me, when the crows come back and begin to tell their tales, I know that spring is on its way.  Always they come back, they crow, they call, and when I finally appear, they tell me of their holiday, and I smile from ear to ear, .. they have so much to say.

black crow

=^_^+

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

 

 

 

  • crow and wolf by Mauro Pasquero
  • crow,kangaly.ru
  • raven,kangaly.ru photo@Alexander von Reiswitz
  • ravens found on ravensbeak.tumblr.com

the Potoo bird and….

WE can learn a lot from Nature.

We  don’t have a camera on us recording all we do during the day/night

What if we did?

May the relaxing sounds of nature, bring a joyful peace into your day, now and always.

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

PL Precept # 11   –   Always be with God

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