Looking Back to December 6, 2008

I am looking at the feeders I had and some things have changed. It is nice to go back and read how excited I was about my bird visitors. These are all through the window photos….

The tendinous part of the mind, so to speak, is more developed in winter; the fleshy, in summer. I should say winter had given the bone and sinew to literature, summer the tissues and the blood. ~John Burroughs

It’s BAAAAAaaaaaaaccck…the wintertime weather that western New York is so well known for is back. Lake Erie’s snow machine got to work making area skiers happy. The pond is frozen again. My nemesis the huge snapping turtle is hibernating in the pond mud.

There is something about the snow that heightens my senses. I am trying to hear insects and there are none except those slumbering away till next spring. But I do hear something back in the woods so I stand quietly on the deck.

A small  flock of winter regulars  fly in across the pond. The birds make quiet contact calls as necessary and the mixed flock of black-capped chickadees, downy woodpeckers,  a pair of white breasted nuthatches and a pair of brown creepers come to the feeders all at once. The chickadees go right to the black oil sunflower seeds, grab one and head into the blue spruce. The white-breasted nuthatches take their time rifling through the feeder picking up and dropping seeds until they find just the right one and head up into the tree, wedge it in and pound it open. The downy woodpeckers like the suet or also pick through the seeds looking for a peanut. The brown creepers go round and round the tree trunk looking for little insects, but I put suet dough into the little bark crevices  for them.

Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker


White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch


Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Suddenly as quickly as they came, they all fly away and it’s so quiet again….

Nature Notes (#403)~Autumn asks that we prepare for the future…~Bonaro W. Overstreet

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Autumn asks that we prepare for the future —that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go—to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness.~Bonaro W. Overstreet

True winter weather is on it’s way…

Till then one of my favorite bird feeder visitor…..

Black-capped chickadee…..

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Looking Back…December 6, 2007

Looking back to December 6, 2007. Wow..my feeder area and feeders have changed in 10 years. I remember that orange feeder was the first feeder I ever had. Then I added a suet feeder on the right, a metal barn feeder on the left and some kind of little nut feeder. The raccoons took that orange feeder apart one night…

Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning bloodhound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock.~Francis Beaumont

Now I know why the ground feeders are licked clean by 6 pm when I go out to bring in the suet. White Tail deer come in around 4 pm to clean the feeders. I will have to pick them up sooner as it is illegal to feed the deer. Another cold and windy day with snow showers.
(14-27 degrees F with snow /sunrise 7:31 sunset 4:40)

Looking Back December 3, 2007

Looking back again over the past ten years of blogging….This was from December 3, 2008…

It strikes me how much more full the woods are. Now there are dead and dying ash trees from the ash borer and it shows. I find myself thinking of the past more and more. My Mother died in 2012 and it took four years for her house to be sold by the bank, now flipped and up for sale. It looks so sterile and now I really can’t go home again…..

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.~William Blake

The snow didn’t last long but we did get a couple of inches. This is the third latest day for snow in the record books.

Winters in Western New York are generally cloudy, cold and snowy…but are changeable and include frequent thaws and rain as well. Snow covers the ground often from Christmas into early March, but periods of bare ground are not uncommon.Over half of the annual snowfall comes from the “lake-effect” process. Lake-effect snow occurs when cold air crosses the relatively warm lake waters and becomes saturated, creating clouds and precipitation downwind.

Looking Back~December 2, 2008

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All the memes…all the memes…I have over 700 meme posts including Nature Notes. I don’t participate in memes as I like to visit each blogger who links and some of the memes are huge and I can’t visit and I feel guilty….

From December 2, 2008

Visit ABC Wednesday. This week’s letter is the letter “T” … for me that means TIME and to everything there is a season.

The Pond in the Winter Season

The Pond in the Winter Season


The Pond in the Spring Season

The Pond in the Spring Season


The Pond in the Summer Season

The Pond in the Summer Season

The Pond in the Fall Season

The Pond in the Fall Season

Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There is a Season)

words adapted from the Book of Ecclesiastes by Pete Seeger
Music by Pete Seeger

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to build up, a time to break down
A time to dance, a time to mourn
A time to cast away stones
A time to gather stones together

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time of war, a time of peace
A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

To everything – turn, turn, turn
There is a season – turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it’s not too late!

Often abbreviated to “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, is a song adapted entirely from the the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible (with the exception of the last line) and composed to music by Pete Seeger in the 1950s. Seeger waited until 1962 to record it, releasing the song on his album The Bitter and The Sweet .