Archive for April, 2020

Hi everyone! It’s Walter here. I’m a day late here but better late than never. What am I late for? My Gotcha Day!

Thinking back over the years I sure am lucky to have landed in this home.

Seven years ago I first set foot in my forever home. Millie & I were best friends right from the start and we still are.

I have lots of great memories from my first seven years here.

We may have slowed down a bit but we still enjoy playing and hanging out together. I can’t wait to see what the next seven years have in store for us.

We’re joining Comedy Plus for their Wordless Wednesday blog hop.


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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Last week I showed you our Bluebirds so this week I want to show you some of the other birds around our yard. Let’s start with the largest.

Blue Jay

There is no difference between male and female Blue Jays but the next pair has subtle difference between genders.

Female Downy Woodpecker

Male Downy Woodpecker

The only gender difference between the Downy Woodpeckers is that the male has a red spot on the back of his head. The next two birds are about the same size and are some of the smallest birds we have around our yard.

Song Sparrow

Tufted Titmouse

Like the Blue Jay the male and female Song Sparrow and Tufted Titmouse look the same.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the birds around our yard. There are more pictures to come as more migrants arrive and I’m working hard on trying to photograph some of the more skittish birds in our yard.

I’m joining the Wild Bird Wednesday blog hop. You should stop by and see some more birds.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie and Walter here. We’re a little late in posting but we didn’t want to miss out on this special event. We chose an event that we both excel at and is something we do in our yard at least 3 seasons of the year.

We are experts in stick chewing.
Or mulch making depending on how you look at it.

There have been a couple of high wind events in the past few weeks so there are plenty of sticks to work on.

I like to give the sticks a good sniff.

Then I get to work on chewing it up.

Just so you don’t get worried neither of us eat the pieces we break off. We just love to leave piles of chips in the grass.

This stick has a great earthy flavor.

It’s not too hard to break apart either.

We have fun looking for the perfect sticks every time we are outside.

Do you like to chew on sticks too?

We had fun participating in the first ever (and hopefully last) ISO-lympics and want to thank the Downunder Daisy crew for hosting it. You should stop by their blog to see what some of the other participants did for their events.

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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. A little while ago my mom emailed me and was wondering if we had our bluebirds back. At the time we had only consistently seen a male Eastern Bluebird.

Male Eastern Bluebird

Just last week he seemed to have found a mate.

Female and Male Eastern Bluebirds

These two were perched on some branches overlooking the nesting box we have at the end of our driveway in our front yard.

Female Eastern Bluebird

Just yesterday I caught the female hard at work.

Does this stuff make my beak look too big?

Under the watchful eyes of her mate Mrs. Bluebird was perfecting her nest in the box. It was interesting to note that she took about 20 – 30 minutes between visits and it kind of makes me laugh to see how much she can hold in her beak.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this glimpse into this year’s Bluebird couple. In a few weeks I hope to report that we’ve had some eggs hatched. I will keep you posted.

I’m joining the Wild Bird Wednesday blog hop. You should stop by and see some more birds.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie & Walter here. The weather sure has been crazy around here lately. This morning it was snowing and the snow actually stuck around for a few hours but then the sun came out and melted it all. It was cold and windy though.

There are some pretty flowers around this stump.
I wonder what the neighbors are doing back there?

The area around this stump has some lovely little bulbs that are blooming right now. Don’t forget you can always click on an image to see the full size.

Purple Chionodoxa

White Chionodoxa

Pink Chionodoxa

We also have one of our viburnum blooming now.

These are one of the sweetest smelling flowers you could ever sniff.

Dwarf fragrant viburnum
(too bad you can’t scratch and sniff)

As you can see there isn’t much in bloom right now but our daffodils have buds on them and some of the other spring flowering shrubs are getting ready too.

I always love getting out in the yard to play and sniff around.

The weather is going to be like a roller coaster ride for the next week. There will be some warm days and then a few cold ones (about 20° F or more swings). The cold doesn’t bother us but we hope it stays mostly dry so we can get out and play. We hope all our friends and their families are staying safe and healthy.

Join the Nature Friday Blog Hop

We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

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