The picture above shows all three of the PURPLE FINCHES. Be sure to click on the photos to see enlargements.
He wrote me back and told me that I had a RED CROSSBILL at my feeder.... Wow---was I even more excited??? Another LIFE bird for me!!!!!! I apologize for the photo since there was a shadow on part of the bird/feeder. I lightened it some ---but the bird was much prettier than the picture shows.
What I do want you to see is the way the bill does 'cross' each other.... (Click to enlarge.) SO---Crossbill is a perfect name for this bird. I did not have this bird pictured in any of my 'local' bird books --except for the Birds of the Smokies. They do have Crossbills there ---so I guess he just came my direction just to visit!!!! How nice!!! That little guy just made this old woman VERY happy!!!!!
|male Eastern Bluebird|
|female Eastern Bluebird|
|male Red-bellied Woodpecker|
|Flying Finches at the Plate Feeder|
|Deer in the Snow in our Front Yard|
|Deer in the snow|
Hope you have a wonderful day. I feel the need (call it burn-out) to take a blog break. I love blogging --and have been doing it since 2006. BUT--for the past year or so, I have been struggling to keep it up--including all of the commenting on your blogs.. Both George and I have said that it has become work instead of pleasure, which is not good... I know that many of you take breaks --so I'm going to try it. Not sure when I'll be back ---but hopefully April 15 or so. I want to work on Family History and work in the yard IF Spring ever gets here, along with other things.
I will still be emailing and will be on Facebook some (which is simple)---so feel free to write, especially if something happens which I would want to know about... Many of you know that I'm an email person ---so don't hesitate writing me. So many of you are very very special blog friends --and I don't want to lose touch... Not sure what my future holds when it comes to blogging... But--I'm thinking about making some changes (like I have done off and on in the past). In the meantime, thanks for loving and caring about me. Love you ALL.