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a middle tennessee garden blog

finding beauty in the natural things around us makes for one happy self and a lovely life. ~marmee

dash home farm, leiper's fork, tennessee

Saturday, January 10, 2009

blessed morn



the air is filled with song.
the birds are in their chorus.


all is right with the world this wet morning.

watching the birds this january morn has been most satisfying...
...they seem a little more active with the rain gently falling
and not quite as cool temps... it is 59 degrees as opposed to nearly freezing.

this is downey woodpecker just a tiny thing...not more than a few inches.


he is new to dash home farm...welcome sweet boy.


mr. cardinal seems content enough.




mr. bluebird is on watch as he often is over the mrs. and their nesting box.


sometimes they are able to enjoy a bath together.


a pair of yellow finches sit together quietly after eating many niger seeds.


i put out a feast of suet and black sunflower seeds yesterday...
to bid my bird friends to move in a little closer.
chickadee is spying out the prospects
but hasn't made the leap to the new buffet.
it is quite soaked now.

we shall see... we shall see...

20 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Marmee, On a rainy day in TN, isn't it fun to feed and watch the birds. I've got alot at my feeders today also.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

marmee said...

yes betsy, to see the little birds all a flutter and having a heyday with feeding and bathing, quite fun.

Cheryl said...

Sweet Marmee taking care of her feathered friends...
I am glad that your temperatures are much milder than ours....better for the wildlife, better for you......

The cardinals are so beautiful.....and I like the little downy woodpecker.......

joey said...

A most welcoming post, Marmee. Indeed a blessed morn with beautiful guests to share it with :)

Wendy said...

Lucky you! We've had squirrels chewing the wooden birdfeeder. They also tipped the seeds out on the ground and ate most of them.
They are so destructive!
Your little birdies cheered me up. I'm glad you have warm temps.

Darla said...

Just beautiful Marmee.

Meems said...

Dear Marmee, Bird friends are so delightful to watch during any kind of weather. They don't seem to mind a lightly falling rain at all. I think they rather like it actually as it gives them a bath they would otherwise have to look for. Very nice to see all your critter friends hanging around even in the cold months. The contrast of the red bird and the winter scene is striking. Your wooded areas provide perfect shelter and home for so many wonderful species.

marmee said...

well we have cooled off overnight to a brisk 31 degrees this morning. the birds are still very active today though. hope you are staying warm.

marmee said...

yes dearest joey, this morning is dryer and much cooler but all the birds are still very active. hope you are having a great weekend. i also love a good foggy morning as long as noone has to drive in it.

marmee said...

wendy, the warmer temps didn't last long, we are dry and cold this morning, 31 degrees. we can't seem to get the rain coming down on the freezing temps so we can have a nice blanket of snow. i am glad my friends cheered you.

marmee said...

darla,
thank you dear friend, as always you continue to be in my prayers.

marmee said...

dearest meems, the cardinal does pose a striking contrast with the greys and browns of this seasons colour. it is both cheery and bright. this morning has dried out with brisk temps of 31 degrees. the birds are still very active though and watching them from the sunroom this morning is delightful. with my dogs and little kitty, jade at my side and bronte' and mags at my feet, i feel quite content and warm.

Frances said...

Hi Marmee, how pretty your blog looks! The birds are like winter's flowers here too. We never tire of watching them. We have tried to draw them closer by sprinkling seed on the deck table and it took a couple of days then they all come to eat there now, very close to the window. So sweet they are! :-)
Frances

Rose said...

Your bird friends seem to enjoy the warmer temperatures, Marmee. A perfect way to spend a rainy morning!

Miss Sandy said...

Thank your for stopping by for a visit and for your sweet comment. I love your feathered friends! Have a sweet week!

Roses and Lilacs said...

Those cardinals brighten up even a rainy day;)
Marnie

Leedra said...

Lovely series of photos. Great collection of birds.

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Kanak Hagjer said...

Hi Marmee,

Blessed is also what I feel when I get a lot of feathered visitors. Great shots, and I love the bright cardinal. Stands out in all that grayscape.

Have a wonderful 2009!!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Love the birds!! What is that on the table? Looks like seed in a saucer maybe...

Rissalee said...

I like the bird bath pic...like it's a "his and hers bath," enough space for him to have his spot and her to have hers, no splashing allowed!