To say today’s weather has been miserable would be an understatement. Pouring rain for 24+ hours, strong gusting wind, and a high temperature barely above 60 degrees. Is this summer?? I’m actually wearing polar fleece today!
It has been a good day to stay cuddled up inside with the two granddoggers (the doxies are staying with us while their parents – our daughter & son-in-law – take a little trip to the Upper Peninsula) and watch the poor, waterlogged birds.
Considering my photography is not that good even on the best of days, it was probably pretty foolish of me to try and capture my feathered friends in the driving rain, but hey, it was better than scrubbing the bathrooms! 🙂
To start off with, here is our beagle, Daisy, who we have decided has OCD – Obsessive Critter Disorder. If she thinks there is a squirrel, mole, or rabbit anywhere around, she will not come in the house no matter the weather. She literally sat outside in the pouring rain for HOURS today staring up at the crabapple tree.
The beagles often tree squirrels in that crabapple right outside my kitchen window, (one day I was entertained for more than an hour as a squirrel tried to figure out how to get down from there while being watched by Daisy and Ruby) but I know there was no squirrel up there today. I know this because the squirrel was in the front yard on the bird feeder stump!
I ran that guy off at least a dozen times, but he never went far. All he did was scramble up the sassafras tree right next to the house and then he would come right back down the moment my back was turned.
Even when the weather is miserable, the birds still need to eat.
Don’t they look pathetic? But, misery must love company, because despite the rain, there were plenty of birds at the feeders!
With this shot I was attempting to copy H.J. at Avian 101, he always captures birds in these awesome perch poses. Of course, he’s a real pro at bird photography and I’m…well, I am not.
Don’t you just feel terrible for this pitiful mourning dove?
And here’s a white-breasted nuthatch for Mr. Tootlepedal. It started off on the cherry tree…
Then moved to the bark butter feeder.
The bark butter was very popular today.
But the other feeders saw plenty of action, too.
Eventually the hanging basket of red flowers you see in the finch/swing photo had to be taken down and brought onto the porch because it was getting so waterlogged. The red hummingbird feeder pole, where the grackle and cowbird had perched, also had to come down as it was practically being blown over in the wind.
As the dreariness of the day increased (really, could it get any worse?), I noticed a downy on the bark butter. He then flew onto the sassafras to feed a youngster. I watched for quite some time, trying to capture them together without success. The juvenile went too far up in the sassafras tree.
Later, as I took a break from cleaning bathrooms – yes I did eventually clean them but it took me forever because I kept stopping to look out the window and take pictures! – I saw the father and baby together. Unfortunately, these shots are pretty terrible because of the light and the glare off the tree. But, you get the idea. I tried to fix them up with a little editing, but there wasn’t much I could do to help them.
Even drenched, the cardinals were hard to get a shot of. I managed to sneak and get one decent photo over the back of the sofa. Shhhh, don’t tell! 🙂
To make up for these fairly bad, rainy-day photos, I am going to leave you with one from yesterday, when it wasn’t raining! (No rain is a rare occurrence around here these days!) Two baby bunnies have a nest under our burn pile. When Mark was out mowing yesterday, they got scared and crawled farther up into the pile. Mark was worried they wouldn’t be able to get back out, so we propped the wood up a bit and I took a couple of pictures before leaving them to come out in their own good time.
On a side note, these bunnies have been driving the beagles CRAZY because their nest is a mere two feet outside the fence! Thankfully, they will probably be hopping off soon. Of course, their nest is also a mere four feet from Mark’s vegetable garden, sooooooo, they might not go anywhere.
Lastly, here a couple photos taken last weekend when we were still up north. I did not write any more Northwoods Journal posts because we really didn’t do anything worth talking about and the photos I did take were sorely disappointing to me. I was close to giving up on this whole trying-to-learn-photography thing. These aren’t very good, either, but I caught a couple deer on “film” (okay, a memory card) and with a bit of editing they aren’t gosh-awful. I liked the buck showing off his newly sprouted antlers.
I hope you are all having a blessed weekend. Stay dry, my friends!!