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Winter Birds of the New Year

Here is it January of 2015 already. Where did the year go?
Actually I’m glad to see last year go. It started out okay but ended pretty lousy. I was hollering for a do over towards the end there, but now I’ll just opt for a fresh start.
Now here we are, a fresh snow and good ole bitter cold to go with it. For a little while there I thought Mother Nature was going to take it easy on us this winter. I was enjoying the temps in 40’s, especially over Christmas- but alas, we do live in Illinois!

Morning after last night’s storm- about 6 inches of powder snow


seeing double- pair of chickadees


a Cold Mourning Dove


Blue Jay


Black Capped Chickadees


Mourning Doves


House Finch


Downy Woodpecker


Downtime at the Garden Center, Robin’s nest update…

Rain is forecasted today and all the Garden Center customers have scattered leaving us with a little time to breath. The mad rush to get the vegetable plants and other garden supplies has come to all but a screeching halt.
Our new mascot, now known as the GC Robin, is also enjoying the extra peace and quiet. We’ve moved most of the flower baskets out of the greenhouse, leaving her’s with a note attached that the basket is occupied and is not for sale.

GC Robin, keeping a wary eye on me

It’s a little tricky keeping her Fuchsia alive though. I’m able to keep it watered by trickling the hose into the side of the basket without getting the nest wet. Of course this pisses her off and she yells at me, but soon gets over it.

Tomato aisle- customer free
Josh hamming it up for the camera

Snow of Saturn

When did the Weather people start naming the winter storms?  We had Q (literally) and now Saturn… what were the others? Did I miss the memo?
Anyway, here we are in March already and Northern Illinois woke up to more snow this morning! I know we need the moisture but I’d love to see some spring daffodils instead. I’ve got the itch to start my new garden!
And from the amount of birds I have at my feeders today, I’d say they are ready for spring too!

grumpy goldfinch ready for spring!


goldfinches, cardinal & song sparrow


male cardinal




female cardinal


assorted finches (yes, cardinals are a finch)


cold dove