Sunday, March 1, 2015

Our Barn in the Snow, March 1, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA
















The snow began Wednesday afternoon, a welcome change to our usual winter weather of sleet, freezing rain, and "wintery mix."  The snow began to melt on Friday, and today's rain washed away the last of it.

Have a great day!


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow! February 26-27, 2015

February 26, 2015, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA
 


We've been watching for snow all winter.  Wednesday afternoon we got 4 inches (10cm).  It has been four years since we had snow (except for just a light dusting).  The snow plows were out early clearing the roads.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

G is for..., February 25, 2015

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Outdoor Wednesday

ABC Wednesday
G is for Gnaw - to bite at or nibble something persistently.
A squirrel gnawing on a piece of bread











People bring bread to the park to feed the ducks, a favorite activity for small children.  This squirrel was quick to steal a piece for himself!

Wild Bird Wednesday
The Brown Thrasher
Brown Thrasher eating Black Oil Sunflower seeds








We occasionally see Brown Thrashers feeding on the ground.  This is first time I've seen one on our hanging feeder.  Brown Thrashers eat insects, worms, berries, seeds, acorns, frogs, small snakes, and lizards. 

The smaller birds didn't seem to mind








Brown Thrashers can be found in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada.  During the breeding season, they are aggressive in defending their territory.  Both parents incubate the eggs. 

Outdoor Wednesday
Ballard Park, Tupelo, Mississippi, February 14, 2015
Have a wonderful day!

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Great Blue Herons, February 21, 2015

January 2015, Tennessee River
Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron, Hardin county, Tennessee, USA


Great Blue Herons like to swallow their food whole, but that can be a problem!  I don't know if this one was successful or not. I was quite a distance away, using my zoom lens at its limit, and lost sight of it. They really blend in with the grey rocks.


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Sky Watch Friday, February 20, 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015, Ballard Park, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

Last Saturday was a beautiful day with an afternoon temperature of 65F (18C).



A great day to take the kids to the playground.


Two days later (Monday) we were blasted by freezing rain!  Though the sun is shining again, yesterday's early morning temperature was 13F (-10C). 


Whatever your weather, I hope you have a wonderful week-end!


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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Water Fowl, February 17-18, 2015

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, Outdoor Wednesday, and Water World Wednesday

ABC Wednesday
F is for feathers.
There are two basic types of feathers. Down Feathers are underneath the outer Vaned Feathers.  Feathers insulate birds from water and cold temperatures.  Wing and tail feathers control flight.  Down feathers may be plucked by female birds to line their nests.
Last Saturday was so sunny and mild, this Muscovy Duck (semi-tame) decided it was a good day for a bath.
I watched it for about five minutes as it splashed and preened.

Afterwards it came on shore to dry its feathers.  You will notice there are a lot of down feathers on the ground.
Wild Bird Wednesday
Mallard, the most common duck in the world.
Hen and Drake

Mallard ducks can be found in ponds, lakes, and marshes across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.  One source I consulted informed me that Mallards are considered to be an invasive species in New Zealand because they breed with the native New Zealand ducks.

The male is more colorful than the female, but she is very pretty with each brown feather tipped in light tan.

Mallard ducks eat a variety of water plants, worms, snails, and insects.  The female lays 8-10 pale green eggs in a nest made of grass and downy feathers hidden in marsh grass or a brush pile near the shore.  When three or four months old, the young ducks' wings are developed enough for them to begin flying.

Outdoor Wednesday and Water World Wednesday
February 14, 2015, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

The white bark of the Sycamore tree makes a nice contrast to the evergreen Pine trees behind it.  Hopefully, by mid-March the Sycamore and other deciduous trees will begin to leaf out again.

Have a beautiful day!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day February 2015

Northeast Mississippi, US zone 7
Daffodils, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA



Hellebores, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA



Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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