Redpoll Morning

Redpoll

Redpoll

I woke up this morning to find a thin layer of snow had fallen overnight, and a bunch of Redpolls were out on my deck playing in the white fluff. Of course, I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera and snapping a few photos of the cute little red-headed birdies. 🙂

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Redpoll

Redpoll

Redpoll with snow on its beak

Redpoll with snow on its beak

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Bohemian Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwings

There were literally hundreds of these colorful little Bohemian Waxwings flying around when I arrived home from work today. I ran inside, grabbed my camera, and headed back out into the cold to see how many pictures I could take before they flew away.

I tried to make myself inconspicuous as I stood outside and watched them eat their berries – snapping pictures the whole time of course. I guess I wasn’t very successful at masking my presence though, as several of them did come unnecessarily close to my head as they flew by. I think this might have been their way of telling me to get myself back inside and mind my own business. 🙂

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Magpie Family Update

Young Magpie

Young Magpie

Back in May, I posted some photos of a pair of Magpies building a nest in a tree outside one of my windows. I’m very happy to report that the Magpie couple are now the proud parents of five offspring.

The baby birds are growing rapidly, and they now spend a lot of time out of the nest and sitting in the tree. They act very much like baby birds though when Mama or Papa return with food. They chirp loudly for their parents, and open their beaks wide so that they can be fed.

Mama and Papa still aren’t very happy when my kitty cat sits in the window watching the little family. They immediately come as close to the window as they can get, and squawk loudly at my kitty until she leaves. I don’t think my kitty will be very sad when the young Magpies decide to leave the nest for good, but I will miss them.

Here are some photos of the happy birdie family.

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Young Magpie checking out the tree

Young Magpie checking out the tree

Parent Magpie

Not sure if this is Mom or Dad, but the parents are always nearby.

Back of young Magpie

The young Magpie’s tail is pretty short…

Back of Adult Magpie

…compared to Mom & Dad’s.

Young Magpie looking at me

A young Magpie looks at me through the window

Nesting Magpies

Magpie nest

Magpie nest

Look what I discovered in one of the trees outside my bedroom window – a pair of Magpies are building a nest. As you can see from the above photo, they’ve already collected quite a few twigs for their nest.

They’ve been spending a great deal of time pulling twigs out of the pile and tucking them into the nest they’re putting together on the back side of the tree.

Of course, they weren’t too thrilled when my kitty cat decided to sit in the window and watch them work.

Kitty watching Magpie

Kitty watching Magpie

The Magpies squawked at my kitty until she finally jumped down from the window and left the room.

Can’t wait to see how kitty cat reacts when the babies arrive. 🙂

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Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

On my walk home from work today, I spotted a flash of color among all the bright whiteness of the surrounding snowy landscape. Upon further investigation, I discovered that it was a Bohemian Waxwing sitting on the ground. It seemed alert, and even moved it’s head around as I talked to it, but for some reason it just seemed content to sit on the ground.

I asked the little bird if it would be alright to take its picture, and I interpreted the silent response as permission to go ahead. After snapping a few photos, I bid “goodbye” to the little birdie and left it in peace.

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

I decided to snap a couple more photos as I walked the rest of the way home. This photo is of a path that winds through the neighborhood I live in. As you may be able to tell by the snow berms on either side of the path, we’ve received quite a bit of snow here this winter.

Snowy path

Snowy path

This is a photo of one of the bus stops in my neighborhood. It’s a good thing I’ve memorized the bus schedule, because the schedule attached to the bus stop pole is almost completely covered with snow.

Bus stop

Bus stop

Have a great week everyone!

GM29BPEZZETK

The Calm Before The Storm

Calm before the storm

Calm before the storm

After a very snowy weekend, it turned out to be a beautiful day here today. The clear blue sky and abundant sunshine is most welcome after the snowy and near whiteout conditions from the past couple of days. However, our beautiful weather is not meant to last because the weather forecast is calling for high winds and more snow for our area beginning tonight.

Over this past weekend, we received almost 9 inches of snow in our area. Other places nearby received much more than that. Many people are spending today digging out from the weekend snow storm and preparing for the approaching storm.

Snow accumulation on balcony railing

Snow accumulation on balcony railing

Almost 9 inches of snow

Almost 9 inches of snow

The trees are so laden with snow that even birds, like the Bohemian Waxwings pictured below, seem to have a hard time finding a place to perch.

Bohemian Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwings relax on snow covered trees

What’s that line from that baseball movie though…”if you build it, he will come.”
Well, I discovered if you clean off the snow from your balcony railing, the Bohemian Waxwings will come. 🙂

Bohemian Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwings

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Picture Perfect Day

Picture Perfect Day

Picture Perfect Day

It’s a picture perfect day here today. Current temperature is 36 degrees, and the sky is blue.

Geese

Geese

And, even though the temperature is in the 30’s, you can still find Canadian Geese hanging out in the area. I guess they’re not in too big of a hurry to leave Alaska. 😉

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