This little guy was not going to give, not an inch. fresh sunflower seeds, peanuts .. come on give me a break woman, no way am I going to let you chase me away.
Such was the dialog I had with little ms. uppity here. I had not been to Mer Bleue for a bit, so after Dewberry, I went to see how things were .. I had food for the crows and now I think grackles… Today was the opposite of other times, there were more birds, and a good variety at Mer Bleue… while Dewberry was quiet.
Pl Precept #17 Grasp what is most essential Capte el punto central
I will be forever grateful and thankful for this past winter’s experience of having met up and spent time with the birds at Dewberry and Mer Bleue. They got me up and out every day every single day since last fall, no matter the weather. I enjoyed the fresh air with them, shared in the bluster of the winter winds. In return they allowed me into their space and shared meals with me.. For this I can never repay the joy they brought into my life. I have much to be thankful.
Over the course of the many weeks and days, I met several wonderful new “friends”.. my friends of the forest =^_^=… the few photographers who have graciously allowed me to share their works of art with you, my dear readers.
There will be two services today at the church for the Day of Appreciation ceremonies. 10 a.m. and an evening one at 7 p.m. we ask that you reserve seating for the evening service please. We maintain social distancing, it is important that we all stay safe…. As usual if you are unable to be with us physically, please join us in prayer at 10 a.m. and / or in the evening at 7 PM.
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Yesterday we had visitors at the feeders. I first caught sight of the red wing blackbird in the morning ..at Dewberry, they were shy, cautious.. staying well off while I refilled the feeders. I was happy to see that the female Grosbeaks that have been there .. were still there, they were patiently waiting .. since I had missed the previous day, they were keen for the sunflower seeds to put out. they didn’t waste anytime getting to the “tables”. It wasn’t long before the happy melodies of contentment was the filling the area.
They were in greater number at Mer Bleue, Kevin who was at the feeders later in the day, saw them too. Don’t know how long they will stay, the milder weather of the past week, brought them to the area. They like marshland which the bog will give them the environment they enjoy, but today the temperatures have dropped. It is around the freezing mark, and it will drop further before the day is out.
We are all wonderful in our own way. Although results are important your effort is what is truly precious.
Perfect Liberty 2021.13
Take action now rather than later. Things you notice are hints from God. Be thankful and take action immediately.
Perfect Liberty 2012.13
It is cold, but it is sunny, whatever you do .. enjoy! Stay safe and BE HAPPY!
While out in the woods today, I fell. I was alone, it was bitterly cold today, there was enough wind to make it cutting if you were not dressed properly, that could be what kept others away, but this morning I had the area to myself. Today I was not far from the parking lot, still it reminded me that I should have had my whistle with me. For some reason this season I have not had a whistle with me, which is something I have always done when out hunting for pictures, especially when in the woods or back country roads on my own. I met Mark when I got to the Mer Bleue trail and asked him if he had a whistle, and no he did not. We chatted on the importance of having a whistle with us… he reminded me to blog about it.. As a wild life/nature photographer he is often way off in the woods on his own, he will pass it on in his blog as well.
Not only wild life, nature photographers go off on their own, I’m sure hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts do also. A whistle is inexpensive and mighty handy if you fall or find yourself “lost” /”confused” in the woods, or anywhere actually. You blow on that whistle, if there is anyone around, they will hear it. I checked on my way home, with both Dollar Tree and Dollarama, neither to my surprise had or sold whistles. I fortunately have several since we always had them with us when we went out, when driving the back roads and exploring off the beaten track. It might be something you would like to consider. For women navigating dark city streets after hours, this is also a handy tool to have handy.
NOW let me tell you about my wonderful “tea party” this morning with my feather friends. I put out my chair and sat, the place was almost empty, I had maybe one or two chickadees but that was it. I just sat .. listening to the trees moaning and groaning as the wind snapped and pushed at them. Then one by one guests arrived. Soon I was surrounded, at one count, I had over 2 dozen Grosbeaks, 6 Blue Jays, 2 male cardinals, 2 female cardinal, 3 downy woodpeckers, a hairy woodpecker and of course the wee ones. We were all happily communing when who should pop up and run up to me and then past me..the little ermine.. only now instead of being all white except for the very light lime green colour on his bottom half, he was almost all that colour.. this is confusing me. I have searched for picture or for info. on why the green tint to his fur.. if anyone knows.. please send me a message.
OK.. that’s it for now. I’m so excited about my visit with the birds this morning.. I need to take a breather, close my eyes and relive the experience.
I have been going often enough now.. they don’t fly away when I am working around the feeders, they don’t get chummy, but they do stay where I can get a good look at them. I’m close enough that I can see that each one of them has its own unique colour pattern, subtle, never-the-less some have more brilliant yellow, some more mustard colour, there is even softer shades of the golden hues. The contrasting black can be like an ebony while a few have more of a charcoal black, then of course there is the blinding white that stands out so dramatically.
This was my morning visit. After I pruned back broken twigs and branches that were in the way, and filled the feeders that needed tending to. I just stood there, letting them come and go, fly by, settle and eat. It was fascinating to see them at such a close range. It is a wonderful feeling to know that I’ve been able to gain their trust enough that they allow me to be so close.
The forest floor is covered in an array of shapes of all sizes, the snow that blankets the fallen timber and dead branches makes for natural abstract visuals. I come away feeling very pampered that I have been able to enjoy not only the fresh air, and clear blue skies, but the company of active birds, squirrels and ….. the odd human that wanders past .. heading out on one of the trails.
I must ask next time I see one of the photographers, where all the cawing and squawking is coming from that I hear off in the distance. Or… maybe.. just maybe, one day I’ll take the walking poles and head out for a stroll. So much to look forward to.
Listen carefully and speak clearly. A good relationship starts from truly understanding each other.
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
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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. Striveto always be bright and cheerful so you can enliven those around you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TAOIST Life is Art (Perfect Liberty precept #1)
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--- there are two energies, Yin and Yang = ONE
---to have balance we must live each moment
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The only constant in life is change. I am grounded in the reality of Living.
This is true, in all worlds. RL or virtual. I am me and only me.