Monday, February 11, 2008

From the east

The wind shifted to the east.
The temperatures stayed at 15 degrees.
The flurries were cold.

I stayed outside.
I was cold but the birds were hungry.
I kept the squirrels out of the feeders.

I think they were grateful.

They were unafraid of me.

This is why I go outside when it is cold.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

It was colder today than it has been in some time. Maybe my old bones have decided that this is enough of winter.

Anonymous said...

Love all those colors and wow, was cold here the past few nights! Brr

Mary said...

Yes, this is why we have dry hands and brave the frigid winds. You do good, Sherry!

Q said...

Dear Lisa,
We have had the craziest winter. I think I weary of the cold rather quickly. Not that I am wishing for spring just not cold, windy and grey. As long as we have some sun and I can be outside some I am okay. The weather events do create lots of extra work! I find I just stay home when it is snowing.
I actually do rather well in the 50-80's! I do not like cold or hot!

Q said...

Dear Monarch,
As the winter wears on I think it wears us out! I seem to be rather tied to the weather. Too cold, too windy, too hot, too something and I am ready for moderation.
Stay warm.
You live in a beautiful area of the country. Much wild life surrounds you. I love the woods.

Q said...

Dear Mary,
Up close and personal! Having a relationship with the birds is my idea of "wildlife in the city".
They do not always trust me so much. I just love seeing their feathers and their eyes.
I talk with them too. I am encouraging the little birds to be strong and to not let the House Sparrows take over! To the Cardinals, I have been giving a pep talk on going after the Starlings. Not to let them get the food.
Mockingbird seems to be oblivious to the Starlings! I have seen him let the Starlings get raisins and Mockingbird justs sits there! Than Mockingbird wants more raisins!
I might put in a grape arbor. It has been on my list of things to do for a long time. It would be for the birds of course!
Yes, dry hands and happy hearts.

Marvin said...

Cold fingers but a warm heart.

meggie said...

Those little birds look so cold!
But obviously they are warmed by your offerings.

Q said...

Dear Marvin,
Cold fingers and toes!
I bought a pair of silk glove liners that are working out nicely.
Also a pair of silk sock liners.
When I am outside with the birds, day after day, they get used to me.
As long as I am on my perch they seem to know I am not a threat. The Starlings are also getting the idea that one at a time is acceptable. The squirrels know they are not suppose to be in the feeders. I put food out for them on one of the side patios.
If anyone asks me what I do for a living I tell them I manage the birds in my backyard!

Q said...

Dear Meggie,
The birds do not seem to mind the cold or the snow. They come and go rather easily. They seem to be way more interested in what the other birds are up to and if there is a cat about!
They do like the ease of the seed. Having plenty of food I think makes their lives better. I think the loss of habitat is the worst part for the birds. I can offer seed but I cannot offer enough nesting sites. I hope the cemetery across the street and the woods a few blocks away is enough. I am planting more shrubs this spring. Maybe someday they will offer protection and nesting.