We have had snow, fog, freezing rain, mist, drizzle, mizzle and assorted other precipitation over the past 48 hours. Our neighbors decided to have a bonfire to burn off tree trimmings and yard debris, it had a surreal kind of effect.It definitely caught your attention looming out of the fog.
As the snow has melted, things unseen have started to appear. I am certain this tuft of shed white-tailed deer hair will be part of some small bird's nest a little later in the spring. I hope to see who gathers it to cushion eggs and offspring.
The last batch of fluffy light snow caught in the treetops. The local mob of starlings appeared to be "snowbathing" in the top of the elm across the street. They were tossing the snow on their feathers and fluffing and preening just like they had gotten out of a water-filled birdbath. I've never seen them do it before, although my chickadees like to "leafbathe" after a summer shower.
The best part about it is that when I looked at the picture closely, the tree buds are beginning to swell as spring creeps closer.
My kindly Florida cousin, Bob, gifted us with tree ripened tangerines, lemons and oranges at Christmas time.
The "stand over the sink to eat" variety, dripping with juice. I took some to school for my kids to try, they devoured them in record time. The question came up, would the seeds grow into trees? We decided to find out, the baby tangerine trees are now about a month old, much to our delight!
A very earnest young salesperson told me once that the feeder that I was about to purchase would attract chickadees, woodpeckers and "nut-thatchers". This one was very friendly, they are my absolute favorite winter neighbors.