Thursday, January 4, 2018

Around the yard

Happy Thankful Thursday,

I hope everyone is doing well and your New Year  is off to a great start. It has been super cold lately.  Too cold to go out birding or walking. I am doing my walks on the treadmill and watching the birds out my windows. We did get in one walk on Dec 24th Christmas Eve just a local walk to our lake. These are some views of the lake, sky and my back yard birds.  Photos taken from Dec 18th to Dec 26th. 

December 18th Skywatch from our deck.



December 24th our Christmas Eve walk on the fire road trail to the lake.


December 24th.  A view of the lake.  Christmas Eve was a cloudy and cold day.


December 24th some Canada Geese flying over the lake.


December 25th, our White Christmas


December 26th, a Blue Jay mosaic. I have a heated bird bath, the birds seem happy to stop for some water.


December 26th, a very cold day and I watched the birds from my window. Top row: Blue Jay and Downy Woodpecker, bottom row Northern Cardinal and another Downy Woodpecker.


I am thankful for the little things, like bird watching, skywatching and taking walks in the neighborhood.
I am thankful to have a warm house on these cold winter days. 
I am thankful for all your visits and comments this past year. 


Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday
Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday


Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments on my previous post. Have a happy day!

54 comments:

  1. Amazing pictures, i like that Blue Jay Mosaci picyures.
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  2. Hari OM
    Fresh and free, it's a grand way to be! YAM xx

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  3. Hello,

    I have read about the cold in your country. Soon it's coming here.
    Beautiful photos! The Blue Jays are so pretty.
    Happy Thursday!

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  4. Hello Eileen! You still manage to photograph a beautiful sky and scenes at the lake.
    It's always a delight for me to see your blue jays and cardinals, birds we do not have here.
    Best wishes for the day!

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  5. Hello, beautiful mosaic of Blue Jays...
    Have a pleasant Thursday!

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  6. It has been bitterly cold here too and very windy. Its relaxing watching the birds feeding from our heated homes.
    You have some beautiful birds visiting you, I love the Bluejay!
    Stay warm and enjoy your weekend :)

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  7. Something very peaceful for me when I see a sky of geese fly by . . .
    I love their sound too . . .
    Warms my thankful heart . . .

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  8. I have enjoyed the birds at my winter feeder too. I'm in Wisconsin so not a large variety right now. The woodpeckers sure love the suet cakes. Happy New Year

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  9. Beautiful views outside your window, Eileen! I always love watching the blue jays. Have a nice day!

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  10. i am wondering how your white is today with this horrible storm named Grayson. love all the pretty bright colored birds and their cute warmed bird bath

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  11. ...that's a white Christmas?

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  12. Hello Eileen!
    Wonderful pictures of the beautiful sky and from your walk at the lake!
    Lovely scenes!I,m so impressed reading you have a warming bath for the birds!
    You are a lovely person indeed!
    Love your yard birds,the Blue Jay and my favorite Cardinal bird !
    Great captures!Thank you for your friendship all these years!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!
    Dimi...

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  13. It's a brisk 40 degrees here in Tampa this morning. That's just a few degrees above Armageddon for us.

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  14. Got that right on super cold! Is that big blizzard/storm coming your way? Not sure how north you are, but if Charleston and Boston are both getting snow, I'm guessing you might, too!

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  15. I bet they love you for the heated bath!! Your collages are beautiful. Have a warm and happy day.

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  16. It is pretty cold but we still get out and walk. I make sure to keep my feeders topped up in this weather.

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  17. The views are so beautiful! And the birds, wow!, so amazing! I like all of them!

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  18. I'm ready for winter to end already the bitter cold of the past 3 days has me huddled under blankets and lacking the motivation to get out of my cozy nest. Lovely photos of your world.

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  19. I like how you used your imagination for your white Christmas.

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  20. Beautiful photos.

    I have noticed that right before a storm our birds get very active.

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  21. I hope all the birds find a safe, sheltered, warmish spot to hunker down in that cold. Lovely jay mosaic, super photo framing and layout .

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  22. That Blue Jay is a beauty. You captured it well. I'm hearing about so many areas that are getting a winter blast. Stay warm and cozy!

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  23. We do have sooooo much to be thankful for. I am thankful I found you and your blog. Blessings!

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  24. Wow! Lovely capture from your cold terrain and glad you able to make up to the lake and woods… Pretty bird shots

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  25. A heated bird bath is a real treat for the birds! I was amazed to see a Mockingbird here this morning. They didn't used to come here in the summer and I'm amazed that this guy has stayed for the winter especially since it has been so unusually cold this year.

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  26. Wonderful winter photos, Eileen! Keep warm!

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  27. That path through the woods is enchanting!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  28. Beautiful day for a walk! I love walking outside in cold weather. Great pics of the colorful birds that visit too.

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  29. At least a few sprinkles of white:) A very happy New Year to you and yours!

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  30. The jays and cardinal are quite a welcome sight!

    We've had light snow all day here, and the temperatures are dropping again.

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  31. Happy new year, Eileen! Beautiful shots... love the geese in flight. I've been hearing on the news about the terrible weather in the east (even the SE). Stay warm!!

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  32. Gorgeous sky shots! lovely colors!

    New England is in middle of blizzard right now ~ ready for Spring ~ LOL

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  33. Beautiful items, I love the Downy Woodpecker, special.

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  34. The weather has been cold in many parts of the UK too, and you only have to watch the TV programmes to learn of more bad and cold weather globally.

    I love your photographs and think it wonderful to have a heated bird bath, to sit and watch the birds is just so lovely.

    All the best Jan

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  35. Lovely landscpes..looking a little like winter..Nice bird mosaics..Stay warm

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  36. Not much of a white Christmas but a little is better than nothing. : )
    Love the blue jays.
    I always like pictures of walking trail, they make me want to take a walk.

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  37. Too cold here in KY to do much. I am keeping the bird feeders full and the suet at the ready. Too cold for man or beast....or feathered friend! Thanks for linking up today!

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  38. kudos to you for these shots despite the cold! :)

    here in southwestern PA we are under a wind chill warning / schools closed etc due to the extreme cold and wind chills over the next few days

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  39. The Blue Jays have been visiting here, too. It is too cold to do anything...let alone go for a walk! I think we will all be happy when we
    have some warmer weather!

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  40. I'm doing my bird watching out the window these days too.

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  41. And I am thankful that you are a birder and animal lover. Great shots as always.
    MB

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  42. Good idea stay inside and keep warm. If I lived there I would hibernate for the winter. Love the blue Jay colour.

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  43. it's too cold here too. we got 2 feet of snow yesterday and it's just freezing outside, especially with the wind chill!! nice captures of the sky and birds - it's been a feeding frenzy here at my feeders!!

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  44. Great post! Lovely photos!:)
    Happy weekend!:)

    xxBasia

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  45. Beautiful shots of the birds feasting :) I especially like seeing the woodpecker ; I don't see one very often around here.

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  46. Very beautiful photos Eileen. So sorry that it is too cold to get out for a walk though. By the time you are able to get outdoors you will be getting cabin fever ;-) I want to wish you a Happy New Year in 2018 and a fabulous week ahead.

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  47. Eileen, I've always loved sky pictures, and yours are always so outstanding. I've never photographed birds before, but it seems like fun. Of course, I never seem to photograph anything but food!

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  48. Lovely photos the Blue Jays are very pretty birds.
    Merle............

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  49. You certainly have gorgeous little birds coming to your bird feeders this time of year Eileen. Have a wonderful week, and wishing you a happy and healthy 2018. And happy travels!

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  50. beautiful photos! The red bird looks so exotic!

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