The view from my perch on the mountain

“Hark, he says”

“What light by yonder winder shines?” *

* Romeo and Juliet explained by Andy Griffith

Ain’t that the sun?


Our friends and neighbors to the south will tell you that God must be a Tarheel because he made the sky Carolina Blue. I don’t know about that but seeing the clouds part after all the winter weather we’ve had sure is a welcome sight!


We got another 2-3 inches of snow this morning and that, along with those blue skies, has brought out a few of the feathered visitors we haven’t seen in a while such as this White Breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis).


Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) are a common sight around the feeders. From the way these 2 feasted on sunflower seeds you’d think they hadn’t eaten in months!



Black-Capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) are regular visitors, no matter what the weather.


However, when there are so many large birds crowding the feeders a little ingenuity is sometimes called for.


Being a little guy comes in handy when it comes to dining in peace. One of these days a chickadee is going to gorge himself to the point that he won’t be able to squeeze between the top of the window and the roof to get back out.

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This is the first American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) we’ve seen this winter. I guess there has been plenty of wild thistle to feed on but it’s buried in the snow now so they’re feeding on our thistle socks.



This Red-Bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) is another visitor we haven’t seen in quite some time. We can always tell when he’s around because he is LOUD!

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Also present was a bird of the 4 legged Fox Red Gooney Bird variety (Leapus allaroundus) doing his level best to work up a hearty appetite before returning to his usual perch on the sofa… if he needs to work up an appetite. That dog gets hungry dreaming!


3 responses

  1. beautiful, the Blue Jays!
    and I agree: Buddy and Bongo would have a lot of fun.

    January 28, 2011 at 6:42 PM

  2. if buddy and bongo are having a doggie date, can roy come too? cinnamon needs a break …
    what crisp shots of birds! you have the exposure done so well too!

    January 29, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    • Sure! Roy will have a blast with those two!

      January 29, 2011 at 10:19 PM

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