Bird Watching

This morning I went to Huntley Meadows in Alexandria to go bird watching. I did photograph several new birds. I will be updating the count soon. I did see this beautiful turtle too. The weather was pretty nice and I wasn’t cold today. I think I got something like 10 new birds.

I walked 2.06 miles today.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

If you’ve been reading my blog for years, you know that I keep a bird count. I photograph, identify and post pictures of the birds I see throughout the year. Last year I only recorded 32 birds. I guess I was busy because in years past I’ve recorded way more than that. Since I’m retired now I hope to go bird watching more often and break my record. I think the most I’ve recorded is 56. I think this year will be the year I break that.

Today I started off with two favorites. It was only 19 degrees outside so I don’t think many birds were out today. Maybe on a warmer day I’ll find more birds.

#1 White-breasted Nuthatch

#2 Carolina Wren

Warm Walk

It is too warm for November 3rd! It was 78 degrees when I walked this afternoon. I walked 2.68 miles on the track at AU. I was sweating! Global Warming is real! When I got home from my walk I saw this deer in the front yard. I got this close and he didn’t even get bothered.

One Last Snow

Everyone in the area thinks this will be our last snow. It snowed all day today. It started about 7:15 in the morning and didn’t end until about 8:00 this evening. The roads and sidewalks were too warm for anything to stick so I went to work on time. In the end we got about 3 inches of snow. Now the temperatures are dropping fast and it’s supposed to be really cold tomorrow with high winds. I do hope this is the last one. I’m ready for spring. I snapped a few pictures with my iPhone.
Before the snow started this morning, I filled the bird feeder at work. The birds came to the feeder right away and started eating. I didn’t have my big camera so I didn’t get any pictures. To help keep the squirrels away from the bird feeder I always put some seed on the windowsill. Sure enough a few minutes after I filled the bird feeder, the squirrels came to the windowsill to get some food. One sat there for a very long time munching on the seeds. I got really close with my iPhone and snapped a few pictures. It’s cute how he has his tail up over his body to keep the snow off. This was early in the morning so the snow hadn’t accumulated much.


I’ve seen on several blogs people posting pictures of cats on Saturdays. I don’t have a cat but have taken lots of pictures of cats over the years. This one is a vineyard cat taken in 2006. The poor cat was later hit by a car and killed. This cat used to hang out in the vineyards and would let us pet him while we were harvesting grapes. Other times when we were there to enjoy some wine, the cat would come around looking for nibbles and rubbing against our legs. It was a great cat. It was sad when it was hit by a car.

Pretty Bird

Yesterday the boyfriend and I went to a few wineries with the boyfriend’s sister, her husband, and their son. At one winery they had this bird feeder right outside the window. Lots of pretty birds were stopping to eat the bird seed. I saw this cardinal and wondered if that meant spring would soon be here. With all the snow on the ground that may not be true. Either way, the birds were beautiful and I loved seeing them getting something to eat.