Sunday, February 16, 2014

Around the yard_ Feb16

  I am linking up with Mosaic Monday and Our World Tuesday 

The Great Backyard Bird Count is happening from Feb 14-17. I have been participating in this count for years now.  It is easy to take a few minutes and count the birds you see in your yard, favorite park or preserve. It is  joint project sponsored by the Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The GBBC  has also gone global click here for info on how to get started http://gbbc.birdcount.org/get-started/


It just so happened Feb 14 was just one day after one of the biggest snow storms we have had in a few years..I am sharing some photos of my yard, neighborhood and the birds I counted for the GBBC.

After spending a few days in the house due to the bad weather I had a case of cabin fever. I had to take a walk down the road to check out the snow in our neighborhood

My deck.... these photos were taken 5 days apart.

Our neighbor's dog Marlow comes to visit Goldie Girl.. Marlow has so much energy.  He is a young pup compared to my Goldie Girl.


Above are some of the birds I counted for my Great Backyard Bird Count..top row is a Hairy woodpecker with a Cardinal, two Goldfinches with a Mourning Dove and a female Cardinal. Middle row is a male Cardinal, male Redbellied Woodpecker and a White-Throated Sparrow. Bottom row is a White-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin and a male Downy Woodpecker.

So this has been my world this week..a major snow event and participating in the GBBC a citizen project. I hope you enjoyed my post..does any need any snow?? I have plenty here..

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88 comments:

Our photos said...

What a beautiful snow photos!

Nancy J said...

lovely photos Eileen, here in NZ there was a day bird count, last year, so I must look for it again, Your golden is beautiful, there is something so special about them, Cheers from Jean.

Ela said...

Lovely scenery and beautiful birds
Have a nice Sunday :)

Łucja-Maria said...

Welcome you on Sunday morning.
Wonderful pictures.
Your Golgi is charming, the neighbor's dog is a hunk.
All birds are beautiful.
In winter you yet?
I wish you a nice Sunday.
Greetings from far away Polish.
Lucia

Marco Luyken said...

Hello Eileen,
Beautiful winter shots!! Great!!
And what a lovely shots of the different birds. Well done!!

Best regards,
Marco

Carole M. said...

you sure have been deluged, and all that turns to water and it's mushy for ages after no doubt? Loved your bird photos and good luck with your count

Irma said...

Hi Eileen,
Beautiful collages, many birds in the garden, and what is a lot of snow.
Happy Sunday, Irma

me (maria) said...

I don't need any snow, but I enjoyed your photos!

Jo said...

Good on you for partaking in the Great Backyard Bird Count under such conditions. Here is one [African] human who would struggle under that freeze. I love Goldie's friend, Marlow. Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday, Eileen. Greetings, Jo

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely selection of birds!

Nancy's Notes said...

What amazing and gorgeous shots! I would have loved to have made that walk in the snow! No snow in South Texas, send some on down!

Blackberry Lane said...

Very pretty photos, Eileen. Maybe because my dog is a mini dachshund, but Marlow's legs seem so long! Wishing you a lovely day.

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

Would you like to blow some over here as we are fed up with just the wet stuff and high winds. Mind you, that's a lot of snow fall in five days. Keep safe and warm xx

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
Wow, photos taken 5 days apart really amazed me; wished to see the pile of snow at least once but not that much. We could easily guess your cabin fever, I smiled thinking how active you are outside in your beautiful nature♪

Doggies are really lovely in the snow. The photos of birds were a feast of my eyes before going to bed ♡♡♡

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Debbie said...

Your mosaics are fabulous Eileen, really beautiful!!

You got a lot more snow then we did and those pups look like the are having a ball!!

You sure do get a lot of cardinals, enjoy them today and have a Sunday fun day!!

Lynne said...

You certainly jumped in on the Snow Dump of 2014! Loved seeing your snowy photos . . . and Goldie Girl and frisky neighbor friend. Plus . . . you know how much I enjoy seeing your bird friends! Great post Eileen . . .

TexWisGirl said...

oh, those piles of snow! brings back memories. :) love your sweet goldie girl and marlow, too.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i guess young friends keep Goldie Girl (love that name) young too. how sweet!! i enjoy the snowy shot. so fun! ( :

rainfield61 said...

These snows will flood my place when they reach here.

Brian King said...

Nice shots! We have all of them except the nuthatches. For whatever reason, they've never come to the feeders.

Vee said...

Wow! The same lovely white stuff we have way up north and as much of it, too. Hope that it won't last as long as it will here. I wish that we were seeing birds...lots of squirrels, but no birds. I could hear some chickadees this morning while out shoveling off our overnight storm, but never saw a one. I enjoyed seeing all the beautiful birds that you are seeing, most especially the cardinals, which are very rarely seen here.

Evi @ sexta-feira said...

This storm was nothing like I had ever experienced in Greece.
Lovely photos, as always! Have a great new week! (I think it will be warmer.)

Mersad said...

Goldie Girl and Marlow look so happy together! Wonderful images Eileen!

DIMI said...

Hello Eileen!! Lovely scenery and beautiful birds in your yard!!I can see the storm was awful!Wonderful pictures!Goldie girl and her friend sure are enjoying the snow!Wish you a happy new week!!Hugs!!
Dimi...

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Snow, snow, snow. Can you believe it?!
Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Montanagirl said...

Terrific photos again. Love the snow and the variety of birds!

Cathy Keller said...

Oh my there is snow just everywhere!!!Your pictures are really beautiful!!! And you are so talented! Cathy

Phil Slade said...

Good to see you staying active and birding despite all that snow Eileen. Like you say the cabin fever gets too much and we just have to get out there sometimes. Stay on in there. It won't be long before the snow is in the dim and distant past.
have a good week - as much as you can.

Mama Zen said...

Awesome shots!

EG CameraGirl said...

The snow really did dump on you!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

No snow here, but I will let you keep all of yours gladly ;>) (You need another Florida vacation.)

Beautiful mosaics ... your yard is so rich with birds, it is a good thing you participate in that count.

My Little Home and Garden said...

By the time I get organized with my simple camera, any little bird has flitted away. You take such beautiful photos of them, Eileen!

Karen

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Eileen
Your post has some special meaning to me especially when I see Goldie Girl and Marlow in the snow, I miss my dog a lot while we're away. Also, I did the Canadian winter bird count for years but gave it up when we started to travel during this season.
You can keep your snow, our daughter and family arrived back home today and she called to say there's still lots of snow and it's real cold.
Judith

George said...

I'm happy to say that our snow from last week is now gone. We got up to 50° today -- it felt wonderful to be outside. I must admit, though, that I wish I had some of Marlow's energy.

Maria said...

These are very nice wintery scenes.

Bob Bushell said...

Goldie Girl is spendid, and in love for the snow.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful birds Eileen, and the dogs are so sweet together. I know what you mean about cabin fever. My oh my that is a whole lot of snow ;) Take care!

A Garden of Threads said...

Wow, you did get a lot of snow. Enjoy the week and take care. Jen

A Quiet Corner said...

Snow always makes photos amazing...dogs, birds just add to the enjoyment,...:)JP

Life Images by Jill said...

my goodness! look at that snow heaped on your deck! The northern hemisphere has been having such a torrid winter! I can't begin to imagine it. Still I love seeing everyone's snowy images. And your lovely bird images from the bird count. Stay warm and safe and have a wonderful week Eileen.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Eileen, Your birds really appreciate your bird feeder care. Goldie looks happy in spite of the cold and snowy conditions. I have not seen any Nuthatches here yet. Have a super good day tomorrow and a happy week ahead!

DeniseinVA said...

I always enjoy your posts Eileen, not only for the birds but for seeing Goldie Girl. She looks like she is enjoying the snow with her friend, and oh wow, you got some there!!! We have our own thank you but not as much, enough anyhow :)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I know what you mean about cabin fever, it was so nice to get outside, especially when we had sun on Friday, it really put things in a whole new perspective, inside and out!

Stephanie said...

Look at all that snow. Great series of mosaics.

Linda W. said...

Wow - you got a LOT of snow! Our mountains are finally getting some and I had a nice ski today.

Love all your bird photos. They are very nice.

Betsy Adams said...

Gorgeous photos of your HUGE snow... Mercy---that's a big bunch!!!!!

Great bird photos --and it sounds like you have seen alot of great birds despite your weather.

Hugs,
Betsy

Rajesh said...

Birds are having good time in winter.

That is lot of snow.

The happy wanderer. said...

You did well with your bird count and photos. The male Cardinal must brighten up with snowy days for you.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Beautiful birds in your back garden Eileen.
I think it's great there is a backyard count - I feel sure there will be an encouraging result as I'm always so impressed the way you all feed the wild birds during Winter.
Keep up the good work!

Pallavi said...

How beautiful :) love the pictures of Goldie girl!

Hilda R.B said...

So many birds you got.
Nice snow photos.
From Hilda

Helma said...

Ohhhh ..... what snow is there with you Eileen cases but I hope you're right not come in! That huge snowstorm
You birds I really fantastic and for the Cardinal. Really great to see it :)

Kind regards, Helma

•°°• IcyBC •°°• said...

Oh I love your backyard birds...Such beautiful mosaic, Eileen!

podso said...

Beautiful pictures--you got a lot of snow! I wonder how you can count birds..you must have a good eye for detail. Very intriguing,

diane b said...

The back deck shots are amazing. The birds look like they have rosy cheeks from the cold.

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Eileen,

Your bird pictures are terrific!! It's always fun to "compare notes" with another bird watcher. :) I love the farmhouse and barns in your first pictures.

You all got more snow than we did. This year has been a winter for the record books! Thanks so much for your visit and have a great week!

Hugs,

Denise

Donna Heber said...

Hi Eileen,

Your winter mosaic is just gorgeous! I just love all your feathered friends who have come to visit you. Blessings ...

ladyfi said...

THat snow is magical Fabulous shots.

Gail Dixon said...

I can totally relate about cabin fever. Finally got out of the house this weekend and I did not want to even look at my computer or TV. There is such variety where you are even though it looks so frighteningly cold. Glad you AND your dogs enjoyed the walk around the hood. :)

Julie G. said...

Eileen, I can relate to all the snow cover. Today we are expected to receive 5 - 8 inches ... on top of the 62 inches that has already fallen this winter. Great variety of birds visiting your area! Terrific photographs! Your Goldie girl sure is beautiful.

Gordon said...

Its great to get an insight into your yard, and neighborhood.And although the snow looks good in photos, I'm thinking you may be getting a fedup with it. Love your Retriever by the way.
All the best Gordon.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Goodness, that is a lot of snow! Your photos are so pretty :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It has been such a snowy winter back east! I'm glad you are participating in the bird count, Eileen, and helping those birds to survive this harsh winter with your feeders.

Lola said...

Superb shots!

btw Sochi is short of snow if you've got too much there!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

very pretty birds!! we don't have quite as much snow but it sure is cold and windy here.

carol l mckenna said...

Beautiful mosaic shots of winter, dogs, birds ~ all very lovely ~ thanks, Happy Week to you ~

carol and artmusedog
www.acreativeharbor.com

mick said...

All great photos. The birds are beautiful. Amazing to see that much snow all piled up on your deck.

Snap said...

I don't need any snow, but I'll take any extra rain! Lovely shots. You've been busy dealing with snow and counting birds.

My name is Riet said...

What a lot of snow. I love your photo,s . The dogs seem to enjoy themselves Eileen

Chris Rohrer said...

Lots of snow and beautiful colorful birds that stand out in the white landscape:)

Carver said...

Wonderful shots. I always mean to participate in the bird count but never remember to do it.

Giga said...

U Was śnieżna zima i to bardzo, a u nas jest prawie wiosennie. śliczne ptaki możesz oglądać u siebie. Uwielbiam kardynały. Pozdrawiam.
In your snowy winter and a very, au us is almost spring. Beautiful birds you can watch at home. I love the Cardinals. Yours.

Photo Cache said...

great shots of wintry scenes.

Sandy Carlson said...

More snow than anybody needs! The pups look like they are taking it well.

Eileen, I love the bird shots. As always, I am in awe of your work.

Pondside said...

Dogs and birds - yes, I'll take more of those....but no thanks to the snow!!!

lisa hermanson said...

I just read about the Great Backyard Bird Count a few days ago, perhaps I will participate next year. I have many of the same birds you do. By the way, I can not BELIEVE how many! cardinals you have in your yard, I counted eight, but then looked again and counted another eight for a total of sixteen ! Holy mackeral!

Anzu said...

Thank you for sharing beautiful snowy days! ☆*~゚⌒(*゚▽゚)ノ⌒゚~*☆

Weekend-Windup said...

I feel so chill by seeing the photos. Thinking how it will be for the people who live over there...

Reader Wil said...

You have got all the snow we were supposed to get;)
We have only a few birds , less than in your garden. They are not so colourful either like your cardinals!
Have a great week!
Wil, ABCW Team.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wonderful, wintry landscape Eileen. And as always beautiful birds.

katerchen said...

ihr habt Schnee und wir 10 Grad Wärme..
was ein Winter.
Wenn es so kalt ist sind die Tiere für jeden Krümel Futter dankbar

Einen LG vom katerchen der sich über diese schönen Bilder sehr gefreut hat

Anni said...

Amazing to see the amount of snow you've got! And all those birds! I love the bright red ones in your former post.

islandwonder said...

The snow sure is beautiful. Great shots! The birds are so cute.

Lorrie said...

Beautiful snow and great photo captures of birds. Did you notice less of them because of the hard winter?

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

These are fabulous photos! I love watching the birds in our backyard. We see a lot of the same ones you've shown here.

Thomas Lee said...

Wow!Still snowing away,
over in Malaysia we are having a bout of heat wave.

Pat said...

That's a lot of snow! The birds are really flocking to the feeders this winter.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Oh my Eileen!!
Your home and surrounding area is absolutely beautiful!! Hope that you didn't have to dig out and are able to sit back and just look at it. It's going to be a bit muddy once it starts melting off!

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