Saturday, December 19, 2020


It seems the heavier it snows the more birds we see at the feeders.  With snow beginning by late morning I right away noticed an increase in bird traffic in the front yard.  Birds, birds everywhere as I strived to keep the feeders filled up.  It's as if they know a storm or something is coming and are frantically getting themselves stocked up.


Despite an encouraging pink sunrise, a solid gray overcast prevailed and skies remained gloomy.  It was a short drive over to the Hullett Marsh for Pheebs and we were soon home again almost in time to meet ourselves leaving.  Not a nice day to be hanging around outside.

Read a bit, snooze for a while, then read for a while and snooze for a bit.  Yep, that pretty much sums up the rest of my day.  With temps hovering around the freezing mark it was a damp and cold.  The only pictures I took were of the birds in our front yard.  Carried my small point and shoot Sony camera along on a short afternoon walk with Pheebs but with a drizzly kind of snow falling everything just looked really blaaaaah.  

Ten years ago today we were in Arizona's Cochise County In Search Of Cochise's Council Bluff Rock  Took us a bit of searching but we found the area where the Chiricahua Apaches held their council meetings back in the 1800's.  If you click on my post following this day you can see more photos of the Council Rock area as well.

GROANER'S CORNER:((   Did you know that according to the song, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", Santa has twelve reindeer? Sure, in the introduction it goes "There's Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. "That makes eight reindeer. Then there's Rudolph, of course, so that makes nine. Then there's Olive. You know, "Olive the other reindeer used to laugh." That makes ten. The eleventh is Howe. You know, "Then Howe the reindeer loved him."  Eleven reindeer. Oh, and number 12? That's Andy! "Andy shouted out with glee." The proof is in the song!


When I moved into my new igloo my friends threw me a surprise house-warming party.  Now I'm homeless.


Summer vacation was over and the teacher asked Little Johnny about his family trip. "We visited my grandmother in Minneapolis, Minnesota."  The teacher asked, "Good, can you tell the class how you spell that?"  Little Johnny thought for a few seconds and said, "Actually, we went to Ohio."



  1. Love your bird photos. They are feeding heavily here too.

  2. Nice to have so many visitors coming to your feeders.
    With 34 F and showers we are mostly green again.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  3. I really like the pink headed sparrow. Great bird photos.

  4. I have really enjoyed all of the photos of the different birds over the last weeks. So refreshing seeing them get their fill during this cold weather. They know they can depend on your and Kelly this winter - oh and Miss Pheebs too.

  5. No dia que comemoramos o nascimento de Cristo, desejo que no seu coração renasçam a esperança, a fé e a paz. Feliz Natal! Que você possa viver esta época natalina em plena alegria, e na companhia da sua família. Que o amor e todos os bons sentimentos prevaleçam sobre o materialismo dos presentes. E que Deus conceda a você e toda sua família muita felicidade e saúde o ano todo. Tenha um Natal abençoado!

  6. It's kind of the opposite here. I had to fill the feeders every day back in the early fall; but now there's just a few chickadees, who are frugal and only take one seed at a time! I had a Hairy Woodpecker for a bit. Even the Bluejays have gone. I guess they've all gone south - where we should have gone!

  7. Cold and damp here too. We sure don't get the birds here that you do!

  8. Loved the birds Al. Also the blog linked your '09 Bisbee, which then had a couple links in there, and oh what memories. We now know that when we head out to AZ in May where we are going. We are going to look for that great boon docking site and then look for the Council Bluff where Cochise and his warriors met. Your blogs were so informing and educational. Thanks again for your efforts and artistic contributions to all your readers and followers. Merry Christmas and good health in the New Year.