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Wild Bird Wednesday

I know what you are thinking. Why is she posting Wild Bird Wednesday on Tuesday? Well the Wild Bird Wednesday blog hop is hosted in Australia so if I wait to post on Wednesday the blog hop is at least half over by the time my post goes up so here it is.

Well earlier this week I showed you how our Bluebirds and Blue jay fared during our most recent snow storm. Here is a look at a few of our other visitors to our meal worm feeder this past Sunday. The weather might not be very spring like but the bird activity indicates that spring is in the air.

Mr. Cardinal waits his turn and then feeds his mate.

Mr. Cardinal waits his turn and then feeds his mate.

The cardinals are exhibiting common pair bonding behavior by having the male feed the female. I love watching them do this and hope to catch it on video someday too.

An American Robin samples the worms.

An American Robin samples the worms.

This is the second year we have ever had robins using the meal worm feeder. These (there are two of them) are early arrivals and seemed to have staked a claim to our yard. With the ground covered with snow there isn’t much for them to feed on so they welcome the meal worms too. Once their usual feeding supplies become available the robins stop using the dried meal worms.

Who put this snow drift on our feeder?

Who put this snow drift on our feeder?

One of my favorite birds in our yard is the tufted titmouse. They are so fast that it can be a challenge to catch them in a picture.

For those of you that are curious, we have been feeding dried meal worms for many years with great success. Some people will tell you that bluebirds won’t use them but ours love them and later in the season bring their young to the feeding platform. As you can see we have many other species of birds using the feeder too.

If you are interested in getting some we purchase ours from DriedInsects.com. You can’t beat the price of the 11 pound bag especially if you order more than one (there is usually free shipping too). Most local stores only sell small bags that cost much more per pound. You might go that route if you wanted to give it a try but if you think you will be using them for the entire feeding season I would recommend the large bag. We go through two to three 11 pound bags per feeding season which runs from March to September.

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Wild Bird Wednesday and will take some time to stop by the blog hop host too.

Note: the pictures above were all taken through a window so the quality isn’t quite up to par. Even with a long lens I can’t get this close without spooking most of the birds away nor did I want to sit out in the cold to get these. ;-)

WTF? We came back to our nest box because you said it was Spring! Thanks for the worms.

WTF?
We came back to our nest box because you said it was Spring!
Thanks for the worms though.

Yeah...where did Spring go?

Yeah…where did Spring go?

Okay so I’m taking a little liberty with B & W Sunday and instead of black and white today it’s blue and white. That’s right folks we woke up this morning to about a foot of snow! Let me repeat that…A FOOT OF SNOW!!! And it’s super heavy wet stuff. So far our driveway hasn’t been plowed but lucky for us we don’t have anywhere to be until tomorrow (I just hope they aren’t on vacation in Florida or something like that). The temperatures are expected to be above freezing later today and continue for the next week so this should be fairly short lived. Needless to say Millie and Walter have been out playing in it and having a blast.

Our bluebird couple arrived as usual this week and have staked claim to the nest box we have for them. This feeder is a platform that Charlie made a few years ago. We fill it with dried meal worms and a wide variety of birds feed from it including the Bluejay in the second picture. This time of year in these conditions I’m sure the birds are grateful for the help.

Sorry we’ve been a bit quiet lately. My (Cindy) back has been bothering me so I haven’t been spending much time sitting at the computer. I’ve been able to keep up reading all of your blogs using my Kindle, but I don’t comment as much since it is a bit of a pain. There will be more photos of different birds using the feeder later in the week.

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Our snow from the blizzard is almost all gone now thanks to a 50° F day but we sure had fun playing in it while it was here. A few days ago we showed you some still photos of us wrestling. Now here is a live action video for you to enjoy. Make sure you have your sound up so you can hear how crazy Millie sounds while she is playing.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

We don’t know where Millie learned her wrestling techniques but she clearly always has the upper paw in every match. Millie may have had some teachers at her foster home before she came here since she was a small pup in a group of large dogs. Whether it is learned or instinct she sure is Queen of the Smack Down.

The Smack Down Queen

The Smack Down Queen

Black & White Sunday

Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Walter and his Wubba

Walter and his Wubba

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We are participating in the Black & White Sunday blog hop.

After the Storm

Snow drift in front of garage

Snow drift in front of garage

Like we said yesterday we had a blizzard raging all day long. We weren’t able to spend much time outside yesterday but we made up for it today. Millie had fun porpoising through the 18″ of snow this morning.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

The snow is piled high around the back door.

The snow is piled high around the back door

Later in the morning we all went out to play in the snow. Let’s start with a little wrestling action.

You're going down Walter Not so fast sister!

You’re going down Walter!
Not so fast sister!

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What's that you're saying Walter? Uncle...Uncle...UNCLE!

What’s that you’re saying Walter?
Uncle…Uncle…UNCLE!

After a little wrestling action there was a rest period.

This is how I cool off after kicking Walter's butt

This is how I cool off after kicking Walter’s butt

Is there something on my nose?

Is there something on my nose?

Does this snow beard make me look ruggedly handsome?

Does this snow beard make me look ruggedly handsome?

Keeping an eye on Walter

Keeping an eye on Walter

Millie loves to just sit or lay in the snow and keep an eye on what Walter is up to.

I wonder if anything is buried in this pile of snow?

I wonder if anything is buried in this pile of snow?

As you can see the pups had a great time playing in the deep snow. I also took plenty of video and will be posting some of the action in the days to come. The high temperature today was only about 15º F today but tomorrow we will be near 50º F! Let the melting begin again!

I love my Wubba!

I love my Wubba!

What's Millie doing back there?

What’s Millie doing back there?

Don't bother me I have a stick to chew

Don’t bother me I have a stick to chew

It might not be big, but it's a stick!

It might not be big, but it’s a stick!

These pictures were taken yesterday when it was 50º F here and wonderfully sunny. Today we are in the middle of a blizzard and the temperature is going down to near zero tonight. We are expected to get 12 – 18 inches of snow by tomorrow afternoon! Just when we thought spring was on its way Mother Nature slaps you down again! As you can tell we don’t really mind the snow, but mom and dad have had enough.

Hi everyone it’s Walter here.

I've Been Framed!

I’ve Been Framed!

I swear I didn’t do it! My pawrents have no evidence that I made this mess.

Go ahead and hide over there Millie. That doesn't mean you are innocent.

Go ahead and hide over there Millie. That doesn’t mean you are innocent.

Now mom was up in her sewing room and dad was in the basement playing with power tools. When dad took a break he found this mess in the living room. Upon closer inspection it was determined that somedoggy stole a used toilet paper roll from a trash can and tore it to shreds.

I think it was a squirrel...yeah that's the ticket...a squirrel!

I think it was a squirrel…yeah that’s the ticket…a squirrel!

Please send bail money quick!

 

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