2013 Project 365

Project 365/364 – A Sigh of Relief

All things are right with the world. As you know, I’ve been troubled with the absence of the resident Carolina Wrens, and a beautiful white goose. The bitter arctic temperatures were life threatening to these beautiful creatures and I was sad with the prospect that they didn’t survive.

But I was awakened with the honking of the white goose. He’s back ! And back looking fat and sassy. Returning with his Canadian Goose flock, it was thrilling to see him. I have a silly “goosey-goosey” call that they are familiar with, and he honked back as soon as he heard me.

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Rain had been called for today, and with the cold earth and warm rain, fog had rolled in. The temperatures had risen to the mid-40’s and the birds all returned to have their fill. Hearing a Carolina Wren, I ran out and put out more bird feed along with whole peanuts. The Blue Jays immediately began their alert call, letting everyone know breakfast had been served.

One kept getting a really large peanut in his mouth and hopped around trying to figure out a way to get a second one added for a major haul.

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And then she appeared ! A glorious sight. The Carolina Wren made it ! Not only did I get to see her, I heard another in the distance. My heart immediately lifted with the joy of her survival.

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The feeders were quite busy with other visitors, and it was wonderful to watch them fill their bellies.

Yes, everything is right in the world once again. Ebbs and waves, life breathes in and out.


All things share the same breath

– the beast, the tree, the man…

the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

Chief Seattle

33 replies »

  1. Awesome I am the same here with my birds! πŸ™‚ Now we have huge buck who had joined us camera charged and ready πŸ™‚

    I love the Chief’s words you added just the plain truth in his words.
    Heavy rain is falling just in time for kickoff have a great night and Sunday!

  2. I’m glad that your feathered friends all made it through the cold snap, I figured that they would. Birds are pretty tough, as long as they have food they typically make it. Anyway, they had to, so that you could share these precious photos with the rest of us!

  3. Wow you have regular visitors now huh! the blue jay made me nervous with that huge peanut, looks like a good haul for the remainder of winter huh? your photos are as ever beautiful! πŸ™‚

  4. Oh yeah!!! That is a relief, for you and the animals alike! What a change in weather after what I’ve heard called around here an “Arctic Vortex”! The white goose is a stunning individual strutting its stuff just in time for a photo. Very cool that you have such an active feeder.


      • I know! My boyfriend told me they were calling it that before I heard about it. We’re in the 30s today and then begin the drop to the teens come Tuesday.

        Good luck finding ducks! Seeing your photos has risen interest in me to head down to a local park where you can usually find geese and ducks. Perhaps I’ll get to catch some ducks on ice myself and send a nod your way!

  5. The birds in our back yard were looking for water and I did not realize the bird bath was empty – it rained on Saturday – bone dry Sunday morning. I do not cut all the bushes to the ground either, so they have places to hide out when the weather is not so nice or like on Saturday with 55 to 75 mph gusts of wind. It also gives them a place to hide from the birds of prey too.

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