Janet's thread

A weblog, mostly about knitting but other topics appear

A Sad Day In The Garden October 29, 2017

Filed under: Birds,Cats,Katerina — Janet @ 10:56 pm

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IMG_4619    This little bird (sparrow) is so beautiful.  I just love the markings.  I’m sorry that the cat has succeeded again.  Mice o.k. – little birds no.

 

Two Northern Flickers October 10, 2017

Northern Flicker feeding young ones  photo credit: internet

I spotted 2 Northern Flickers in our garden this morning.  Exciting to have them reappear after an absence of a few months.

 

Arriving Home After School October 7, 2017

Filed under: Birds,Cats,Family Photos,Fizz — Janet @ 3:35 pm

IMG_4503  What do my grandsons do when they get home from school?  Greet Fizz the cat and find a nourishing drink.

IMG_4504   And Fizz is a handsome cat

IMG_4505  meanwhile I went back to look more closely at this nest which I had seen on my way to meet the school bus.  Somehow it was just lying on top of a bush – I wondered how it got there – was it knocked out of a nearby tree?  Anyhow I was fascinated by the beauty of its construction.

See also the drinks mat I bought some time ago  IMG_4506

 

 

This One Got Away October 6, 2017

Filed under: Birds,Cats,Katerina — Janet @ 10:07 pm

IMG_4497  The cat appeared with this bird in its jaws.  She dropped the bird and then toyed with it.  The bird played possum and eventually outwitted the cat and escaped minus a few feathers.  So glad, she was beautiful.

 

Dearth Of Sparrows June 15, 2017

Filed under: Birds,Sparrows — Janet @ 6:32 pm

The flocks of sparrows – little brown birds – have been missing from my garden this year.   But today I felt renewed hope as there was a sustained burst of small birds flying back and forth as I looked out the window bright and early.  Had they just fledged?  In any event, I won’t tell the cat.

5cd2 red fox sparrow

 

A Big Black Bird On My Deck May 4, 2017

Filed under: Apple Blossoms,Bird Identification,Birds,Crows,Ravens — Janet @ 3:21 pm

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It’s misty this morning but the crow or raven is clearly visible!  Kind of scary.

IMG_3098  view from another window – the apple blossoms are just lovely

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Colorful Birds February 23, 2017

Filed under: Bird Identification,Birds — Janet @ 10:41 pm

red-headed-finch  A bird like this has been perched on a branch next door for about 5 minutes. I wonder if it’s a house finch.   A relatively plain finch has stayed steadfastly nearby.  I wonder if they are “friends”.   Sometimes I wish I had a telephoto lens.

 

Beautiful Bird

Filed under: Birds,Photography,Photos,Salem Massachusetts — Janet @ 4:27 pm

red-tailiedhawkRed-tailed hawk in Ipswich Massachusetts – photo credit Christopher Ciccone

 

Carnage At The Front Door February 20, 2017

Filed under: Birds,Cats,Katerina — Janet @ 10:43 pm

img_2405  I opened the front door and found lots of feathers but no carcass – I think (hope) the unfortunate bird got away unscathed.

The villain in the piece is of course Katerina.

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p.s.  oops I wrote too soon.  I just looked out the back door.        img_2413  a beautiful bird – alas.   A Finch?

 

A Raccoon Ran……. February 19, 2017

Filed under: Animals,Birds,Cats,Colours,Raccoons — Janet @ 5:41 pm

raccoon Photo credit National Geographic

This morning I caught a glimpse of a raccoon running across my neighbor’s back yard and disappearing into some “things” piled up near his garage.  The raccoon was bigger than a fat cat.

That’s the excitement so far this morning in the view from my seat at my computer.  It topped the sight of 2 flickers and several finches on my deck railing.