Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Safari

Another Black Swallowtail emerged this morning.
I watched her dry her wings.
I was so pleased our older Black was able to feed
in the nectar pot. Raising Butterflies is new for me.

Temperatures warmed this afternoon.
We walked at the park.

I took my afternoon coffee to the deck.
Spending time with the birds is always a delight.

The female Red Bellied Woodpecker
is so pretty with her gray cap.
Lots of Cardinals come and go.

The wind was a strong breeze out of the south.
It ruffled feathers and blew stray leaves about.

I have left lots of morning glory seeds.
I hope they will self sow.

Daffodils are emerging.
Way too early for this sign of spring.

The coral berries are ripe.

We are keeping water in the bird baths.
I hope we get snow soon.

It has been a week of thawing and freezing.

Happy Chinese New Year.
Happy Year of the Dragon.

I am home caring for butterflies.
I am home tending the birds.
I am home dreaming of Dragons.


ME said...

Oh, sooo beautiful! Please tell us about how you get and raise the buterflies.

Wendy said...

Such gorgeous creatures are those swallowtails! I am happy you are successfully raising butterflies.

Daffodils? Wow - it is early days yet for flowers to emerge.

Nice to have the warm temps, though.
Happy Sunday Safari

Cathy said...

Your butterfly are beautiful!! Are they confine to one room or do they have run of teh place?

There's a new poem at my blog too

Deb said...

The Black Swallowtail is stunning! My husband was handfeeding the black capped chickadees on our walk today :-) We were happy to see bunnies and cardinals, doves, but no butterflies :-)Hoping for more snow here too ♥

Cheryl said...

Dear Sherry,

I do so admire you for raising the Swallowtails. I could not do this as I would worry too much about them. I would love to know will you eventually be able to release them??

Temperatures are much too warm. My daffs have buds !!
Snowdrops, dwarf iris, and crocus have all woken much too early.
We expect heavy rain tomorrow, we do need it, the reservoirs are much too low. They are talking about extracting water from the rivers during the summer. I do worry when this happens as it oftens affect flora and fauna.

Your birds as always are extremely beautiful.......

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Happy Chinese New Year to you too Sherry. What fun having butterflies during winter. Isn't this winter weather odd?? Much too warm but I am not complaining. Try not to blow away.

Barb said...

Yes, our weather here in CO has also been unusual for Jan. Low and high temps back to back. Finally, this weekend, some much-needed snow. Your home-raised butterflies are so lovely, Sherry - how happy it must make you to watch them in the middle of winter! I love the Cardinals, too.

ShySongbird said...

Dear Sherry, it is lovely to be visiting you again, thank you for the kind comment you left on my blog. I hope you have returned to full health now.

Swallowtails are such lovely creatures, will they be released to the garden eventually? I am so looking forward to the return of the butterflies here.

Your photos are as lovely as always and the birds are just stunning!

We have had a most unusually mild Winter so far and there are even some Daffodils flowering locally! It is all very confusing for the birds and animals, I do hope they won't suffer with everything being so out of kilter especially if we have a sudden, prolonged cold snap.

BTW, I was just browsing your movie blog and have been tempted to order Julie and Julia. Meryl Streep is my very favourite modern day actress (Bette Davis being my older times favourite) and as I believe it also features blogging (and food!!) it sounds very enticing :-)

I wish you a very happy and health 2012 Sherry!

Tammie Lee said...

lovely to see and read your entire post. i love that photo of the cardinal sitting there with the one flying behind it, that is awesome!! Lovely week to you~

Juliet said...

Beautiful butterflies - how lovely to be able to raise them in your home. I am also wondering whether you'll be able to release them in the spring?

Rose said...

How wonderful to see the butterflies emerging this time of year! Do they stay in your house all winter or can they eventually be released outside? I love the photo of the cardinal with another one flying behind, and it's nice to see your red-bellied woodpecker as well. A downy-headed woodpecker visited us yesterday--the first one I've seen all winter. I wouldn't mind some snow again so that maybe more of my usual winter visitors will finally come.

Judy said...

Sherry, you are blessed to have the butterflies in the winter!!!
My favourite photo this time around is the female cardinals, with the sitting one superimposed on the flying one!! I think that is just so beautiful!!!