Snow day 2014


Three days of record cold temperature, deep fluffy snow and blustery winds earned me a snow day. With temperatures at -14 degrees Fahrenheit, I didn’t want to venture out farther than my own back yard to get a few snowy photos. The backyard birds, in a frenzy to get food to help them stay warm against the bitter cold, proved to be engaging subjects. Best husband, home after knee surgery,  snapped the Dark-eyed Junco when I left for the gym, with instructions to “get photos of birds eating on the ledge.” Great shot BH!

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Birdie bling


Male goldfinch, almost ready for spring. (©Huffygirl)

The birds in my area are taking on their colorful plumage, a sure sign of spring. After all, they have to look their best for mating season, especially the males. They need their bright, colorful feathers to attract the hottest babes in the bird world.

The color change is most obvious in the goldfinches. The males are changing from yellow-brown to all yellow, but as  you can see by the pictures, this happens gradually. They’re  still a way off from the bright canary  yellow they put on for spring. The females are shedding their all brown look for yellow-brown, similar to the coloring the males had all winter.

It’s a little hard to tell the males and females apart during this transition time, but by May it should be obvious. In the meantime, watch for typical male behavior to differentiate – things like hogging the remote, watching too much basketball, and driving big birdie SUVs 🙂

This female (lower perch) looks good, but these guys have a way to go (© Huffygirl)

He's still working on getting his bling. (© Huffygirl)

 

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I’ll take mine Freshly Pressed if you please: Thanks WordPress


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Fame is fun, but fleeting. For a little less than a day, I got to experience the exhilaration of being Freshly Pressed, that is, my blog was picked as one of many for the week to be featured on the WordPress home page. But hey, out of 390,600+ bloggers, quite an honor and not a bad gig.  My featured blog was HuffyHow: Birdy Buffet, a blog I wrote about bird feeding, with photos I took of my backyard birds. https://huffygirl.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/huffyhow-birdy-buffet/ 

I got to read comments from a bunch of great readers and fellow bloggers. Many have their own blogs about birds, nature, wildlife and the like, with

My lead birdy in "Birdy Buffet." (Photo: Huffygirl)

interesting photos and advice on all things nature. I heard from folks in the UK, Australia, Germany, United States, Canada, and even someone with the very cool name of Beau ( if that is your REAL name.)  🙂  It was great to expand my world view and  to hear about experiences in other countries. And that is really what blogging is all about. Although we bloggers tend to be somewhat egocentric, encouraging everyone to read our blogs (which of course we think are the best), promoting our blogs and hoping that our blogs too will be Freshly Pressed, blogging is really not just about us. It’s about opening our minds to hear what others have to say, to learn of other’s experiences, and to share our experiences too,  thus in some small way making the world a better and maybe a smaller and friendlier place, one blog at a time. So thanks WordPress. Thanks for letting me and other bloggers do what we do best. For me it’s to make someone laugh, cry, think, learn, among the community of fellow bloggers.

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For the birds


This guy is skittish – it took awhile to get this shot. I think the food helped. (Photo: Huffygirl)
Another snowy day in Michigan, with threats of a winter storm today. A good time to snuggle in at home, sit back and enjoy the birds. 
If you see Mr. Cardinal, you can be sure that his reddish-brown mate is nearby. (Photo: Huffygirl)

Birdy footprints in the snow. (Photo: Huffygirl)

Pre squirrel baffle - this guy was making himself too much at home. (Photo: Huffygirl)

This bird was at the beach near Lake Michigan. I thought it was a Killdeer but it does not match the picture in my bird book. Does anyone know who this is? (Photo: Huffygirl)

The clinging Downy Woodpecker can hang upside down to get the last little bit of suet left in the feeder. There's also a perch nearby so the perching birds can try the suet too. (Photo: Huffygirl)

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