Friday, January 18, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday, January 18, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday,
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. A Sunny Day! (Sky Watch Friday)
Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River, Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, January 16, 2019
Do the clouds look like lips to you?

2. The Most Interesting Thing I Have Seen This Week
Savannah, Tennessee, USA, January 16, 2019
A wood carving of an Eagle!

3. What I am Reading
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 17, 2019
After a trip to the library earlier this week, I came home with...

"Pulse" by Felix Francis
"Southampton Row" by Anne Perry
"Tool & Die" by Sarah Graves
"The Detective and Mr. Dickens" edited by William J. Palmer

4. Favorite Photo of the Week (Saturday's Critters)
Great Blue Heron, Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, January 16, 2019
Bird Butt!

5. Northern Mockingbird (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Northern Mockingbird, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 5, 2019
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Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thankful Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

The Tennessee River, Hardin County, Tennessee, USA, January 16, 2019
It is raining again today, so I am doubly thankful that we took advantage of yesterday's sunny skies to drive to Savannah, Tennessee!

Have a blessed day!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Red-tailed Hawk, January 16, 2019

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and My Corner of the World
B is for Buteo jamaicensis - Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis, Red-tailed Hawk, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 13, 2019
I was very surprised to find him (or her) sitting on a fence post close to the road! As you can guess from its ruffled feathers, there was a strong wind blowing. As an interesting side-note, in Europe Hawks and other birds of the Buteo group are called Buzzards (another B for ABC Wednesday), but Buzzards here in the United States are Vultures.

Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, January 2019

The northeast corner of Mississippi, USA zone 7
When I made these photos yesterday it was cloudy and cold, 38F (3.3C).
We have had a lot of rain, but no snow yet.

Hellebores!   I have had these so long that I don't remember their individual names.

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And a promise of things to come - buds on the Daffodils, Narcissus 

Northern Cardinal in an evergreen Holly Tree, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 5, 2019
Remember, for birdsong in the garden, feed the birds!

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Barn Collective, January 13, 2019

The Barn Collective and I'd Rather B Birdin'

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, January 7, 2019
Our neighbors raise beef cattle, but of course, there were none near the road when I stopped to get a photo!
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Your bird for today is...
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 10, 2019
. . . a Woodpecker at the suet feeder at my house.
I think this is a female Downy Woodpecker, but I am not sure.

Have a blessed day!

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

B&W: Natural vs. Commercial, January 12, 2019

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, January 6, 2019
Great Blue Heron in a tree on the banks of the Tennessee River with the paper mill across the river in Counce, Tennessee, in the background. (The trees are bare only because it is Winter).

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday, January 11, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. A Sunny Day! (Sky Watch Friday)
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, January 6, 2019
We have had a long string of rainy days, so when Sunday dawned bright and clear we had to get out and go somewhere! We drove up to Pickwick Dam on the Tennessee River to check the water levels and look for birds. Only a few of the spillways were closed; most of them were open to relieve the high water upriver.

There were a few Great Blue Herons fishing in the turbulent water, and we saw a flock of Coots on the other side of the dam.

2. Favorite Photo of the Week (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, January 6, 2019
Great Blue Heron: living life on the edge!
If you look closely, you can see that one of the heron's toes is exactly even with the end of the tree limb.

3. Growing Lettuce in the Winter!
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 8, 2019
I sowed lettuce seeds in large tubs in September. I did it as an experiment to see how long I could keep them alive during the Winter. I cover them at night when our temperatures are below freezing.

We have had days of milder temperatures with plenty of rain. It encouraged the lettuce to produce enough new leaves for us to have salads earlier this week.

4. Possum in a Pear Tree! (Saturday's Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 8, 2019
When we went outside early Tuesday morning to see why our dog was barking, we found an opossum in a tree just outside our back door!

Our dog settled down after she got our attention, but she was still keeping a close eye on it. We told her what a good girl she was, and petted her, and praised her. We let her keep it treed for about an hour, then we tied her in the front yard so that the opossum could escape back to the woods.

5. Birdwatching is Fun!
female Belted Kingfisher, Lee County, Mississippi, USA, January 3, 2019
I see a bird...

… and the bird sees me!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thankful Thursday, January 10, 2019

Home of the Bearcats: Baldwyn, Mississippi, USA, January 8, 2019
I am thankful for sunny skies!
We have had a lot of grey drizzling rain days; a clear sky is so welcome.
The birds on the water tank are Vultures, but we call them Buzzards (Nature's clean-up crew).

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Great Blue Heron, January 9, 2019

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and My Corner of the World
A is for Ardea herodias - Great Blue Heron

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, December 23, 2018
Great Blue Herons, Ardea herodias, are common across much of North America. Look for them wading in shallow water, standing completely still or slowly stalking fish. When their prey is spotted, they strike quickly and swallow the fish whole.

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, January 6, 2019
And sometimes you may see them up in trees near their favorite fishing spot!

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, January 6, 2019
Ardea herodias, Great Blue Heron: a compact body with a short tail, long legs, long neck, a sharp bill, and powerful wings.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

The Barn Collective, January 6, 2019

Itawamba County, Mississippi, USA, December 26, 2018
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Your bird for today is...
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 1, 2019
… a House Sparrow perched on a row of shopping carts.

Have a blessed day!

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday, Janaury 4, 2019

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday,
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Rain (Sky Watch Friday)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 3, 2019
Being tired of a week of dark rain clouds, I went in search of color and found it - raindrops on the Nandina!

2. Good Food!
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 3, 2019
Rainy days call for soup! Yesterday I met friends at my favorite Mexican Restaurant for Chicken Soup. Not too spicy - just right. Delicious!

3. After Christmas Sales
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 2, 2019
Now is the time to buy gift boxes, wrapping paper, and greeting cards for next Christmas. Guess what I paid for this pretty little box - tax included, it was 32 cents!

4. Deer (Saturday's Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, November 20, 2018
We often see deer near our house in the colder months.

5. Starlings (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 1, 2019
Although it is wonderful to have Bird Sanctuaries or Wildlife Refuges near you, you don't have to go anywhere special to enjoy birdwatching. Just look around you - birds are everywhere! I saw these Starlings at a busy shopping center.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Thankful Thursday, January 3, 2019

Thankful Thursday, Little Things Thursday, and My Corner of the World

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 3, 2019
I am thankful for flowers that bloom in the Winter like these Hellebores!

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