The view from my perch on the mountain

Another Gray Winter Day

The latest round of winter weather is moving our way: nothing as drastic as what most of the rest of the nation has been battling, just a little light freezing rain or sleet and maybe a few snow showers. The latter we can deal with easily. The former is just plain dangerous but we have reason to hope for the best.

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I managed a few frames returning from town after dropping Frankie at work. With solid low hanging overcast the early morning light was very poor but, with a little editing, mediocre color images become fairly nice black and whites. If you look closely you’ll note the tree trunk is wrapped in heavy wire screen. The purpose is to keep deer from eating the tender bark.

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Even the Canada Geese are hunkered down today in the chill breezes!

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Looking out our bedroom window I found this male Slate Colored Dark Eyed Junco, who doesn’t need the black and white treatment, packing away the seed before the storm moves in. I’m optimistic about the upcoming weather because, while there were a few birds feeding Burd Town was by no means mobbed which is always a sign of heavy weather on the way.

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That bright red splash on this male Downy Woodpecker saved this frame from any editing beyond cropping out the European Starling making a nuisance of himself in the left portion of the image.

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On the way home from town this afternoon Frankie and I stopped by another pond in search of herons. While we didn’t find any we did get to witness a little drama. The overcast was even thicker but monochrome saved the day again.

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We’re guessing that the two birds engaging in this territorial dispute are both ganders and the bird on the left is a goose they’re both interested in.

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The honking at this point was near deafening!

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I don’t know if the chaser got tired or decided the intruder had had enough at this point.

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Once the second bird settled back onto the pond it appeared the dispute was over. But we soon heard honking from the bird left behind.

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Whether she was cheering on a mate or giving him a hard time for letting the other bird off easy we have no idea. It was at this point that I heard a different sort of honking and looked up just in time to see the Big Brown Truck bearing down on me. I have to stay on the good side of those guys because, along with the FedEx lady they’re my chief source of new toys…….when Frankie lets me order camera gear online!

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5 responses

  1. I put 2 hanging suet baskets on my back porch and they are being love by many of the little birds. The last 2 days have brought in the most gorgeous little woodpeckers.

    We had 70 degrees Wednesday, 38 the next day and 40 today with the barest chance of rain. Well, it started to drizzle, changed to sleet and now they’re calling for snow again. Whew.

    February 4, 2011 at 7:30 PM

  2. Morning Chip, the geese look great and I bet the honking was bloomin’ loud lol. Have a great weekend and take care x

    February 5, 2011 at 4:16 AM

  3. these geese are just perfect for monochrome 🙂

    February 5, 2011 at 6:01 AM

  4. i agree with heidi … the geese worked very well for monochrome! and you did a beautiful job!
    k☼

    February 5, 2011 at 11:14 AM

  5. Loved the Downy woodpecker, the beak is much smaller than the woodpeckers we have here, in fact a much daintier bird altogether. The old name for them is the Yaffle.
    Super little drama you witnessed there. How lucky is that?

    February 5, 2011 at 2:36 PM

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