Birds Spotted in Passing

Last week was a bit of a blur, once again, without a lot of time for bird watching. Or rather I should say decent bird taking photo time. I shared the same mood as this cardinal much of the week:

Monday proved a rough start though I did spot two gold finches passing through the backyard. Since I needed to pick up bird seed anyway, I added a finch sock to my purchase. And another little feeder (husband just noticed it tonight and fussed about it a bit). Have I seen any goldfinches since adding in the feeders? Of course not!

Since I read Phil’s post last weekend, I properly noted the large flock of “gulls” flying over my head on Tuesday. Not seagulls. So many of them! I have a friend who insists they are a precursor to snow. Hope that old tale was wrong this time!

Did I mention the week went by in a bit of a blur? Much like these photo attempts of the blue jay visiting the bird feeder one morning. 

Adding to the confusion as I tried to creep along through the week. One day I thought I spotted a brown creeper in the far Sycamore tree of the neighbors. Only to realize it was Carolina Wren once I saw the photos on the computer. 

He decided to join the other birds at the feeder later.

I did spot a brown creeper on the oak tree. They’re fast little birds!

Not much else to report about the week. Mr. McNutty, Suet (Sue for short), and Al keep inviting friends to the backyard bird feeders. They’re well over the legal gathering number for squirrels around here. SIGH.

Mr. McNutty

Finally, this nuthatch stopped eating for a minute to wish everyone a…

Happy Thanksgiving!


Other birds spotted last week: robins, mourning doves, sparrows including the white-throated sparrow, dark-eyed juncos, a flicker woodpecker, the red-bellied woodpecker, and Canada geese.

What birds did you spot last week?

Joining in with The Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin.







Happy Homemaker…Wait It’s Wednesday?

Late last week and again this week. It’s been a week and we’re only halfway there. Monday started off rough, I worked yesterday, and today I’m taking a minute to do this post. And breathe. However, I do have to go in and work half a day this afternoon.

Still linking up with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. Lucky for me, she keeps the link open longer for us slow pokes.

Let’s get to the categories.

The Weather

Super nice although we need rain. Yesterday was in the low 60’s with light wind. Today is supposed to hit the 70’s with high winds (Red flag advisory around here). Not many leaves left on the trees.

On The Breakfast Plate

A bit of a bigger breakfast this morning. A peppermint flavored Chobani Flip yogurt (I know it sounds yucky but it’s actually pretty good) and a cranberry flavored English muffin. Plus coffee and vitamins.

As I Look Outside My Window

Back door view.  Added another bird feeder.

As I Look Around The House

It’s a mess but shouldn’t take too long to clean. Not that I’m going to do that today.

What I’m Wearing Today

Work t-shirt and another pair of elephant pants.

On My To Do List

  1. Clean the house
  2. Finish the laundry
  3. Plan for Thanksgiving
  4. Pay bills
  5. Grocery store/Target (maybe)

On My Reading Pile

Just finished reading The Little Christmas Teashop of Second Chances by Donna Ashcroft. Enjoyed it enough I was sad to finish it up this morning. And also sad that it appears to be the last of her books offered through my Kindle Unlimited. Maybe I’ll spend the money to read the last two of her works offered on the kindle app. (And yes, I already checked the library, no luck.)

On My TV

Watched just a few things last week/over the weekend.  The Masked Singer. Mad I didn’t correctly guess the last reveal. I should have known! Binge watched the last season of The Good Place. Happy with the series finale, they did a good job of it. Then, I watched a silly movie: The Man Who Killed Hitler, and then The Bigfoot. Sam Elliot. No words, it’s a weird one but engaging. And lastly, I started watching season 7 of The Holiday Baking Championship.

On The Menu This Week

Well, it’s already Wednesday so I suppose that makes planning the menu a bit easier. Maybe.

MONDAY: We had roast in the crock pot. *J had a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Leftovers. J ate leftover taco stuff from Sunday, everyone else had BBQ. *I worked 7:45-4:15*

WEDNESDAY: Kind of hoping my husband cooks. Hamburgers? Might be a frozen pizza night. *I work 1-5*

THURSDAY: Chicken strips?

FRIDAY: What ever we do tonight, we’ll do the other choice on Friday. *I work 8:30-5:30*

Something Fun To Share

I got nothing. Here’s a candle that I think I see a heart shape in the wax. Do you see it?

From The Camera

A few mums are hanging in there and continuing to bloom.

On My Prayer List

Friends, family, strangers. For a wave of kindness and consideration to sweep our nation and the entire world. An end to this horrible virus and return to normality. Special request for J as he’s dealing with so much anxiety regarding school lately. So hard to watch kids struggle. Even harder when they’re your own.

Quote For The Week

The best way out is always through. (Robert Frost)


How’s your week going so far?




Home Birds

Despite some great weather for walking, I stayed home most of this week (worked on Monday). Had to oversee some online schooling.

Thankfully, the birds did cooperate a bit in presenting themselves around the backyard feeders.

Regular Bird Feeder Customers

A tufted titmouse and a house finch posed for me.

Ever since, Eileen mentioned she thought one of my house finches might be a pine siskin I’ve been trying to get a decent photo of this little loner of a bird. Definitely, a finch of some sort, I think.

Speaking of finches, I did briefly see an actual goldfinch one day. I probably should have put the id features in the Merlin Bird App just so it could be right for a change. (Photos turned out too blurry to share).

The cardinals (more about them later) and chickadees still hang around the feeders.

And the squirrels as well. So many lately that I feel as if I’m in some sort of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory outtake. Is it bad that I’ve begun giving them names? This red-bellied woodpecker finally got a turn on the feeder when the one I call “Suet” left for a bit.

He looks a bit out of it. Photo reminds me of the unflattering photos family members tend tag us in after the holidays. Sorry, Mr. Red bellied woodpecker. I’ll try and get your good side next time!

More Woodpeckers

While I also saw a downy woodpecker out there, I was most excited to spot not one but two Flicker woodpeckers in the backyard. They passed on the suet feeder finding plenty of interesting things on the ground and in the trees at the far end of the yard.

Seeing one is exciting enough but spotting two called for grabbing a jacket and venturing around to the backyard for some photo attempts. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to capture both of them in the same frame. However, I assure you there were indeed two birds.

One on the utility pole.

And one in the trees a bit to the left of the pole.

One flew off but I stayed a few minutes watching the other play hide and seek in another tree. Can you spot it (just the wing) in the photo below?

Visible again in the photo below.

As excited as I am about sharing my two Flicker woodpeckers, I have something better to share next.

A Cardinal Chowing Down

These photos were all through the backdoor glass so not the best. However, I thought the sequence of the the cardinal with the leaf was worth sharing regardless of the photo quality.

Did you know cardinals collect leaves? Neither did I! So when I saw this fellow pick up the brown leaf off the deck, I found myself intrigued.  Just going to let the photos tell the rest of the story: 

Not sure what Cardinal delicacy came off of that leaf but I do hope he enjoyed it after all that hard work!

Two More Birds to Share

Um, that’s not a bird. No, that’s my photo assistant modeling her serious look she gives the neighbor’s dogs. However, she gets credit for alerting me to the next bird. Heard but not seen. One morning, she woke me up in the predawn hours because sometimes cats do that.

And just out the window, I heard the telltale call, “Who cooks for you?” of a barred owl in the backyard. Too dark for any photos (and I wasn’t really planning to be up at 4:30AM) but exciting to hear all the same.

Finally, the last bird spotted this week. A white-throated sparrow. Actually, saw two but only captured one with the camera.

Other Birds Spotted This Week

Before I share my tally of the other birds seen around the backyard, I wanted to show you the same tree from last week’s post. Just an example of how fast our seasons change around here.

Also seen around the backyard (and sometimes the front): dark-eyed juncos, too many house sparrows, a brown tree creeper, crows, blue jays (heard, not seen), starlings, mourning doves and the one lonely Eurasian collared dove beneath the feeder. My pair of nuthatches hang around still as does the Carolina wren and a group of robins.

What birds did you spot this week?

Joining in with The Bird Depot hosted by Anni of I’d Rather B Birdin’.


Happy Homemaker Monday, A Day Late

And probably a bit more than a dollar short. After planning to take this entire week off (to help J with school), I ended up working a full day yesterday in answer to a flurry of late night texts. A tiring but quick moving Monday that left me no time for blogging.

Let’s get right to the plan for the rest of the week. Joining in as always with Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom. 

The Weather

Weather last week looked like the photo above. Sunny, clear skies. Also, warm and windy. Most days, no need for a jacket by afternoon. Yesterday was still warm but mostly cloudy and windy. Today, a gentle rain is falling. It’s supposed to be rainy today and cooling with off with slight chances of rain again later in the week.

On The Breakfast Plate

I’m home working on this post at 6:45 in the morning (up early for no reason) so I’ve not yet eaten breakfast. Yesterday, I had the regular of a flip yogurt, coffee, and two vitamins.

As I Look Outside My Window

Sunrise from one day last week

Back and front doors really. It’s a dreary, rainy day. A good one for staying in, lighting a candle or two, and settling down with a good book.

As I Look Around The House

Husband plans to go hunting and so all  his gear is piled on the sofa. Of course, now they might delay their plans because of the rain. I’m a bit aggravated as I won’t light my candles with the stuff all over (don’t want to hear about my pumpkin chai candle making his stuff smell). Kitchen table also covered. Some clean up plans on today’s agenda.

What I’m Wearing Today

A light aqua t-shirt (another Duluth one!), jeggings, purple socks (no, they don’t match), and a pair of brown slip on shoes. I’ll need to change shoes to drag out the trash as my husband forgot it was Tuesday (He went to work for a bit this morning).

On My To Do List

  1. Clean off kitchen table
  2. Fold some laundry
  3. Put away shorts (think I can safely at least put away the shorts, pulled out some light sweaters but it’s been too hot to wear them lately)
  4. Get J organized with his online school week (a bit of a challenge)
  5. Write some letters/send some cards
  6. Make some phone calls
  7. On-line Christmas shopping?
  8. Need to go get cat food
  9. Make some cookie dough for the freezer?

On My Reading Pile

Last week, I read two novels by Catherine Lacey. Enjoyed both quite a bit except the ending of each left me just the tiniest bit frustrated as she doesn’t exactly tie up her novels with a pretty red bow. Of the two I read, Pew and The Answers, Pew reminded me a bit of all those random short stories literature class requires (a good thing from me). Meanwhile, The Answers had a bit of a Ray Bradbury vibe to it making it my favorite of the two though it was the older work from her.

I’m also just less than midway through one that’s been on my Kindle app for a while now: The Future of Feeling: Building Empathy in a Tech-Obsessed World by Kaitlin Ugolik Phillips. It’s non-fiction and a bit of a slower read. So far, though not intended as it predates the documentary, it seems a counterpoint to The Social Dilemma.

And finally, just for fun, last night I started reading Christmas at the Cornish Confetti Agency by Daisy James.  Something about the quirky characters and fun antics of them in this series really appeals to me.

On My TV

It was much too nice outside to do a lot of TV watching last week. We did watch some random Netflix movie called The Hostiles over the weekend. After a bit of a disturbingly violent start, not a bad little movie. About Indians and land settlers. Probably watch Next tonight. And my husband told me one of my favorites, The Bourne Identity, is on Hulu so I’ll definitely be watching that (again) soon.

On The Menu This Week

It’s a bit up in the air as I wait to see what my husband does regarding his hunting plans.

MONDAY: I don’t think I ate dinner. J had chips and cheese dip. My husband and G ate grilled turkey hot dogs. *I worked 8-4:30* *J had a baritone lesson at 6:30*

TUESDAY: Planned a roast in the crock pot but forgot to thaw it. Maybe breakfast for dinner?

WEDNESDAY: Chicken strips (from a bag), broccoli, ? *I have a hair appointment at 9:30* *Mom’s Night Out, might be weather dependent…*

THURSDAY: Roast in the Crock pot

FRIDAY: No idea.

Something Fun To Share

I’m sure you’re as sick of election talk as I am. However, I saw on the news here that a decent number of people in the KC area wrote in Patrick Mahomes for president.

A little upset I didn’t think of doing that one!

Frankly, I’d be okay with the KC Chiefs organization running the country. I can just picture “President Mahomes” with VP, Travis Kelce and Andy Reid as Chief of Staff. Cutting certain congress people and trading others across the country.

“Pelosi, pack your stuff” and “McConnel, we’re going to trade you to California” Ha! I do think, serious moment, maybe the senators and congress people should work out some kind of “exchange” and spend some time in other jurisdictions to gain better understanding of our country. I’m only sharing my silly thoughts for fun.

Let’s move on to the next category.

From The Camera 

Quote For The Week

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” (Abraham Lincoln) 


What are your plans for the week ahead?



Slow Week

Why would possibly the slowest week of the slowest year not also be a slow bird-watching week?  Wonderful sunny weather but hardly any birds spotted!

I did work Monday, Tuesday, and Friday so it limited my bird-watching time. And Wednesday, my plans changed as my youngest needed help with school. Thursday, I managed to go on a walk at my favorite park but no luck spotting many birds.

It’s been so slow, I ran outside with the camera just now to try and capture a few decent shots of our resident cardinals and sparrows to share. We do have a large family of cardinals hanging out with us this fall. Unfortunately, they are quite skittish making decent photos of them hard to obtain.

Backyard Cardinals and Sparrows

The above photos were all from today. Next, I’ll share my photos from the one walk to managed to take this week.

Spotted At The Park

Did I mention it was a slow bird-watching week despite fantastic weather?  The park seemed unusually quiet. Perhaps my timing? Only time available for me to go was basically the noon hour.

These winged creatures were happy to guide me along on the path taking breaks from the wild daisies (about the only flower blooms left).

Spotted a couple “whirly birds” though only grabbed a photo of one.

Only feathered birds spotted were cardinals. One posed but my backyard photos were better. Heard some wrens as I passed them. And of course, a few blue jays. Took both cameras allowing me to zoom in on this little bird. Want to try and id it from a fuzzy photo? Some sort of sparrow.

A peaceful walk in beautiful weather just not a productive one for bird-watching.

Other Birds Spotted This Week

Not a lot of time to watch for birds this week so maybe that explains my poor luck. Out the back door, I spotted our usual friends: the tufted titmice, the pair of nuthatches, house finches, a few robins, and two white-throated sparrows. Three crows sat in our front yard maple tree one morning as we left for school. And I’ve seen the occasional dark-eyed junco this week. If furry birds count, then the squirrels at the feeders are certainly abundant. Pretty sure one thinks it’s a house pet. Trying to refrain from giving him a name. One morning I briefly saw the flicker woodpecker in the oak tree. And the red-bellied and downy woodpeckers were around here and there.

Even without a lot of birds to enjoy (this week), I can’t help but enjoy the end of the fall colors around here. I often share views of the neighbor’s oak tree but here is the other neighbor’s sweet gum tree. Gorgeous color almost makes me forget about those spiky seed balls it throws to the ground.

At work, we saw more squirrels. Is it the year of the squirrel? And a chipmunk yesterday! I also spotted more sparrows and a few blue jays. One my break, a duck flew toward a pond at that park. What birds did you spot this week?

**Joining in with The Bird Depot hosted by Anni at I’d Rather B Birdin’.





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