Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Flying Friends Return!

Another fabulous night of flying squirrel sightings!
Tonight I walked out with my hubby and my Golden sweetheart Murphy. And there, in the maple tree skittered my little friend. Hubby went in, got the seed...the special seed has no shells and put a couple piles of it in the crooks of the lower limbs.
A few minutes later, in flew a beautiful flying, square, white bellied squirrel!
She headed right for the seed! I was thrilled! I hoped to teach them that I could be trusted to be the be the bringer of treats.

I stood there for a long time while she grabbed a seed and hid behind the limb; grabbed the seed and hid behind the limb. I stood very still. I stood very still for a long long time. I was quiet, quiet, quiet.
I eventually looked up and saw another white bellied friend! She was suspicious...never came down for a nibble and quickly ran up and flew away toward my neighbor's yard.
Little friend number one scurried back to the seeds. And from the other yard I began to hear a high pitched cheeeeeeep, cheeeeeeep, cheeeeeeeep, cheeeeeeeeep, cheeeeeeeeep, cheeeeeeeeep.
I would swear it was the call of a nervous Mommy calling her baby back.

What would you think if you saw an enormous dark shape was moving back and forth around the place you were gathering your groceries? And that enormous shape was breathing loudly and expelling smoke! Even if it was showering you with gifts, it would still be scarey.

I haven't gotten any new pictures. I am planning to get some peanuts and set up the squirrel entertainment facility. That is how I got some good shots and made friends with the flyers my first year with them.
Flying Squirrels make Daylight "savings" time almost worth it.
I hate the fact that it is dark at 5pm.
I hate that I get home and it is dark. I hate coming home and walking the dog in the dark.
I LOVE walking in the starlight, and we get alot of starlight here on the shores of Lake Ontario.
So not everything is bad when it turns dark.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Things have gone crazy in the garden. Birds are mating everywhere, the maple tree is budding these extreme undersea creature buds, and the world is warming up...85 degrees in April? That is insane! We had to turn on the A/C at one point! IN APRIL???
Well, last year we had some hot days in March then a snow storm April 14. No wonder people are obsessed with the weather up here!
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Furry Friend on the Bungee

Furry Friend on the Bungee
Originally uploaded by Gertibird
Sometimes they fly with the greatest of ease and sometimes they need a bungee cord.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Two Evil Ones

Two Evil Ones
Originally uploaded by Gertibird
Murphy's arch-enemies, the fluffy little bunnies, were out and about enjoying a Spring breakfast. Flaunting their fluffy tails in front of poor Murphy. One even had the nerve to come over to Flying Squirrel World and enjoy some of the buffet.
This drove Murphy insane!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Busy Day

Finally! A bird watching day worth writing about!!!!
We were very busy at the feeders today. It was a lovely cold, sunny day and everyone was hungry.My friend the tufted titmouse came back to the feeder and Mrs. Cardinal made a very brief appearance. I reached for my binocs and she flew away....shy of the paparazzi???

AND YES....the illusive redpoll came to my finch sock today...
Only one and only for a batteries in my camera, darn it.
He was a beauty and hung out long enough for me to get my fill with my binoculars.Flocks and flocks of red robins are down the road in the open fields. Snow geese and Canadian geese are flying noisily over head at all hours of the day and night!
And all my usual suspects are pecking away at the seed and suet in the garden.

Chipmunk sighting!! Spring is officially open in Northern New York when the chippies come back to play. She was a cutie too...filling her cheeks all day long...driving my golden retriever mad when she came up to the snow pile under the window to look for any left over peanuts.

All you darlings in the southern climates are months ahead of me, but I am learning to love this kind of Spring. The sap is running, the days are long and cool and when the snow comes down, you know it won't last for long. It is time for me to go out and rake the dead stuff out of the garden. I saw green noses poking out where the daffodils live!

Two other cool sightings of note - just because I have been so bird deprived....a cedar (bohemian?) wax-wing (my first ever) and a rough legged hawk (pretty sure). I saw them on the road to town this afternoon when I was going 55 mph.
My critter spotting skills, when driving, are legendary.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hummingbird Nest

Hummingbird Nest
Originally uploaded by Gertibird
A good while ago, a dear lady brought this in to the office for me to see. I am just now getting to posting it. This is a hummingbird nest from 1969 that she has kept and used for teaching science and nature classes. She knows I love birds and critters.
In the bottom left you can see a Robin's egg for comparison. A

Hummingbird egg must be the size of a grain of rice. The nest is only about an inch tall.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Red Head

Originally uploaded by Gertibird
Love my friends on the feeders!
Think Spring!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Winter Feeding

Took this picture last year at this time.

Winter Feeding
Originally uploaded by Gertibird
Still Seriously Winter around here, feeding the furry and feathered friends so they will be plump for Spring!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Mr. Big Stuff

Pileated Woodpecker

16 February 2008

Pretty profile!

Look at the mess he made!

Are you lookin' at me?

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Big Blue Thief

click and see the bigger picture - he is gorgeous!

Saturday, February 9, 2008



Main Street Angel

Mr. Red Bellied Woodpecker

Flying Squirrel World After The Fall

Summer Rosemary Sculpture

Thursday, February 7, 2008

7 Feb

6 February

Big snow, had to drive to Syracuse. Slid off the road into a ditch at 7:00am. "Stole" a shovel from a neighbor. Made a mess in his front yard. Back on the road at 7:22am. 35mph till we got south of Pulaski.
So here I am posting a picture from an earlier snow storm this February.

I love doves because they have such tiny little brains, nothing much frightens them. The juncos and sparrows will all scatter and the doves will sit on the ground below the feeder wondering "where did everyone go?"

5 February

Downy Woodpecker

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Flying Squirrel World at Night

Flying Squirrels like the dark.

Flying Squirrel Peanut Swing

Engineered by Hubby.
Manufactured by Elves.

Intro to Flying Squirrel World

Under Construction
Boo Boo and guys toys.
View from my seat.
A fine feathered friend.