Showing posts with label WINTER 2012-13. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WINTER 2012-13. Show all posts

Friday, February 8, 2013

Weekend Birds--during our Snow

This past weekend (Feb. 1-3) we finally had quite a bit of snow here on the Cumberland Plateau. It was very interesting in that 3 clipper systems came south on three different mornings... The total amount was about 6 inches;  however, since the snows came at 3 different times,  there was melting going on between each snow.  SO--we only had about 3 inches total on the ground at one time,  and that was on Saturday morning.  I posted a blog with photos this past Monday.  If you missed it,  click HERE.

All during the weekend,  my little backyard birds flocked to the feeders over and over.  I got some great pictures of them.  The temperatures were very cold on Friday (11 degrees early that morning--with highs in the low 20's) -- but warmed up some on Saturday and even more so on Sunday. 

Hope you enjoy seeing more of my precious Backyard Birds... The pictures were taken off and on throughout that weekend. The picture above was a typical one showing our deck from my 'throne' (recliner sofa)...  At times, there were more than 50 little birds on the deck at the same time.  MANY of them were Goldfinches.  We have more Goldfinches this year than ever before --but do have a few Pine Siskins and House Finches.

Be sure to click on the pictures for enlargements.  You get many more details that way.

Here is a picture showing our heated birdbath.  Birds need water --and in the winter it is hard for them to find some.  The heated birdbath does not make the water hot or warm --but does keep it from freezing.

I tried all weekend to get a picture of the red Cardinal in the Rhododendron... Finally got one --but when I looked at the picture on the computer,  the Rhododendron was beautiful but the Cardinal was blurry.... Grrrrrrr!!!!  This was one of the few I got of Mr. Cardinal.  I had swept (did that a million times all weekend I think... ha) ---and he was looking for some seed on the deck.  That is a couple of finches in the snow nearby.

The Goldfinches will eat suet, black sunflower seed and thistle.... I have 7 different feeders on the deck --and they'll munch out at any or all of them!!!!!

Here is a pretty little male House Finch. See how much larger some of the House Finches are than the Goldfinches?

I love this picture when it was snowing hard. I  usually don't leave the plate out when it's raining or snowing since there is no cover... BUT--the birds LOVE that plate and the snow didn't keep them from eating there.  SO--I just left it out for them.  Those are finches on the left and the male Bluebird on the right.

My sweet little Dark-eyed Junco only visits me when there is snow on the ground.  I don't know if he's the same one each year --but there's always ONLY ONE at a time that visits us.

Downy Woodpeckers are year-round visitors.   They love SUET ---and always head toward one of my 3 suet feeders.

Another winter visitor is the Robin... In fact, we had several of those big birds around the plate feeder that weekend.  Robins generally don't come to feeders --but in the winter,  I'm sure they get desperate... Isn't he pretty???  That is a Mourning Dove behind him --also on the plate feeder.  The two of them take up most of the feeder --and all of the little birds fly to other feeders and let the big boys have it!!!

Love this picture of these two Mourning Doves.  The male (with a pinkish breast) is on the right and the female is on the left... Mourning Doves mate for life... Aren't they pretty?

Pete,  our resident Red-bellied Woodpecker,  comes to the feeders all year long.  He loves to squawk when he is in the trees...  His favorite food is SUET.

Finally,  here are three Bluebird photos which I put in a collage for you. Bluebirds are year-round residents --and I enjoy them so much.  In these pictures,  you can see the female and the male enjoying the suet.  I can't wait 'til spring when we hopefully will have some baby Blues to share!!!!!

Hope you enjoyed seeing some winter birds on a cold, snowy weekend in Tennessee.  We are taking Valentine's Week off to enjoy each other and have some fun... Hope you have a fabulous week --and a Happy Valentines Day to ALL of you...  Be sure to share the LOVE with those around you.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Six Inches of SNOW (in spurts)---Finally!!!

WELL---I've waited longer than usual this winter for some SNOW ---but as soon as I took my snow blog down and put up my February Love Blog (do you like it????),  we had some weekend snow...  Guess all of that snow on my blog in January scared our REAL snow away.  Do you think???????? ha

We  got 1-2 inches on Friday (some of which melted that afternoon)--and then on Saturday, we had about 3 inches.  Then on Sunday --we had one more inch.  It was a 'blowing' snow which didn't stick to as many things as I like... And we never had more than 3 inches on the ground at one time.  But Hey----it was at least some snow ----so I'm not complaining!!!!!  You will probably laugh at the pictures I am showing today --especially if you live in areas that get LOTS of snow... BUT--this is Tennessee, and we just don't get much here!!!!  AND---you'll just have to indulge me --and just enjoy this one anyhow!!!!  Just remember how much this ole woman LOVES snow!!!!! ha

Above is another picture of our big Rhododendron (taken Friday)... That poor bush has really been through alot lately.... It was just a few days ago that I posted a picture of it with ICE all over it... Remember that one????

Be sure to click on the photos for enlargements.

From the deck on Friday,  I took a picture of our woodpile and the surrounding area.  We lost our electricity Thursday night due to heavy winds,  but luckily it was only for an hour.  We gave up and went to bed when everything went dark!!!!  It's nice to have the fireplace ---at times when we lose our power.  The wood on the right is this year's wood and the newer wood for next winter is on the left.

I took this photo  looking out into the back yard --from my deck.  This one was taken Saturday morning.

Here is a picture of one of our holly bushes out front (taken on Friday).

This shows the houses across the street...  I was standing on our front porch looking toward the street... The photo was taken on Saturday morning.  No cars were going up and down our steep hill!!!!

Here's a picture of our big Jasmine Bush in the front yard. Snow is pretty on this bush,  don't you think???  (taken Friday)

And here's the other side of  our house ---showing the side flowerbed... NOTE all of the spring growth!!!!!!   (They don't mind the snow... It is frost that they don't like.) This picture was taken on Saturday morning.

Here's another picture (also taken on Saturday morning) of the side yard ---but this one is looking toward our neighbor's yard and the golf course in back.   Note more spring growth in the flowerbed next to the deck railing.

As I've mentioned many times,  we don't get a good view of the sunrise from our house... However,  when I was outside taking pictures on Friday morning ---I noticed a pretty sky to the east of us.  So I'll close with a couple of neat sky pictures (taken about 6:30 a.m. on 2/1).

I love this one showing the snow clinging to some of the trees...  I had to shoot through the empty lot next door in order to get these two sky photos... (taken on Friday morning)

Hope you enjoyed my little snow pictures....  Friday was a very cold day (10 degrees in the early morning, and a high of about 22 degrees F that day)...... Saturday was a little warmer--but still quite cold.  And Sunday was even warmer.  Brrrrr

Hope you have a great day today!!!  I'll share a bird blog post with you on Friday.  LOTS and LOTS of birds flocked to the feeders during the snowy weekend.  I got some good pictures to share.


Friday, January 18, 2013

STRANGE WEEK here on the Cumberland Plateau

Most of you know that I am fascinated by the WEATHER.... (I seem to talk about it alot!!! ha)....  Anyhow we have just had a week of almost every kind of weather possible... Beginning last weekend,  it was like SPRING... Our temperatures got up to almost 70 degrees.  George and I were working in the yard ---and got almost too warm!!! Can you believe it ---in JANUARY????

Above and below are two pictures showing how our SPRING FLOWERS think it's March --and are trying to grow/bud/bloom... GADS--it's too early!!!!   The Jonquils (Daffodils) above are growing TOO fast.  You can even see a couple of buds on some of them...

Be sure to click on the photos to see enlargements.

AND--even though our Crocuses haven't popped up yet,  the HYACINTHS are BLOOMING.  Unbelievable!!!!

After the Spring temps/weather,  we next experienced FOG..... Here are a couple of photos I took from the deck looking out onto the golf course fairway.  Fog makes for some great pictures..

AND---as the day continued,  the fog just got worse and worse....   I don't think the fog lifted that entire day.

Next came more RAIN..... AND --it kept on for hours and hours and days and days... There was flooding all over East Tennessee.   We had nothing severe here on the mountain --but we did get alot of rain.   It seemed to go on FOREVER....

Above shows the water between our backyard and the golf course fairway...

Here is what I call the Betsy and George WATERFALL in our back yard.  This area is usually just a rocky area (no water)--but when it rains hard like it did,  we have our own waterfall here.  How 'bout that?????

Finally,  here is a picture of the water out front ---going down the hill next to the front flowerbed George built a few years ago... Some of you may remember how this wall fell when he was first building it---due to high water.  He has built a really nice ditch for the water now,  and it seems to flow well...

If  Spring temps,  fog, and flooding weren't enough ----guess what we had NEXT???  We had FREEZING RAIN...  Again,  it can be dangerous --but we didn't have enough to break any limbs or cause any damage.  Freezing rain is like fog since it makes for some really nice pictures...  Here are two which I liked. (Please enlarge them.)

I called them,  GLISTENING TREES.....  Neat picture,  isn't it????  George took this one.

After the Spring weather (with temps in the upper 60's--almost 70) ---the temperature dropped rapidly and stayed in the lower 30's most of the rest of the week... It was miserable being outside (putting out bird seed for my backyard birdies).....

One evening ---just before dark,  while I was on the deck putting away the bird feeders,  this is what I saw on the golf course fairway... I'm surprised that this picture came out as well as it did since it was almost dark...  I had to use a flash and my long lens.  There were EIGHT deer paying no attention to me --but busy eating...

The weather forecasters (who never seem to get our weather correct) predicted that we would get 3-5 inches of snow yesterday... Everyone believed them --and even the schools here were cancelled for the entire day...  Guess what????  We got NO SNOW---not a drop!!!!!   I was so disappointed --but truly not surprised...

Instead we just got more Freezing Rain --and some SLEET (pictured above).... Fun Fun!!!!

FINALLY ---to close out an interesting week,  here is what the sky looked like after the system finally left us yesterday afternoon.... 

Here's one more picture of that PINK SKY....  Isn't it pretty????   Guess what that means??? It means SUNSHINE for us TODAY ---and hopefully,  for several more days!!!!   Most of us in this area are ready now for some SUNSHINE....

Can you believe our week?  Here's what we had:  Spring temperatures in January--which turned cold quickly;  Fog;  Rain-Rain-Rain--which led to flooding;  Freezing Rain;  and finally, Sleet.....  Very interesting!!!!

BUT--the one thing I wanted (SNOW) never happened...  I told someone on Facebook that I need to just get over it --and start wishing for SPRING... ha ha

Have you ever had a week like this????  Unbelievable...

Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday!!!