New Year’s Eve party?

New Year’s Eve day…. lets get ready to party:

Want to sit on the patio and have a drink?

Me neither.

Want to throw some shrimp on the barbie?

Me neither.

This is the kind of day it is outside.  I vote for another jammie day.  I am staying inside, looking outside, and maybe we can have some appetizers and hot chocolate by the fire later.  Instead of sewing or quilting today, I spent the ENTIRE day going back and forth from window to window, from one end of the compound to the other…. getting my exercise by watching the birds at the feeders.  Oh happy day!  I love this kind of day.

I am happy to share with you ….  and remember, you can click on any photo to enlarge it.

The birds found the bird balls within an hour of Steve hanging it up for me.  This is a nighthawk and a chickadee.

Here is a woodpecker and a nuthatch I think.  Maybe it is a titmouse?  I dont know.

Another woodpecker.  We have lots of them, all different kinds and sizes.

Here is my showoff.  A male cardinal.  He poses for me often.

And this is his beautiful girlfriend.

This bluejay doesn’t sit still for long.  Pretty hard to ever capture him in a photo.

This next one….. I was sure I was seeing things….

I thought I saw a hawk in a lower bush.  That’s weird, they normally perch fairly high up in a tree.  I watch hawks every day of the year, so this was amazing to me.  I grabbed the camera, zoomed in and took the shot.  I only got one, because he was taking off as I shot this.

And what a surprise!  It is some kind of owl.  Not sure what kind.

Tonight we are staying home, off the roads and having our own little party with just the 2 of us.  We like quiet and uneventful.

Wherever you are, and however you choose to celebrate (or not), have a safe and happy New Year.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. freda1951
    Dec 31, 2009 @ 17:35:07

    Hey Gayle, thanks for all the bird pix. Is the bird ball homemade or did you buy it? I would love to have some. I have to work tonight until 11 then I will try to dodge any drinkers on the road and make it safely home. That is the extent of our New Years Eve.


    • Gayle
      Dec 31, 2009 @ 18:36:08

      I am lazy, so I buy them at the local grocery store. The butcher makes them. If you Google “bird seed balls” you will find a variety of recipes.


  2. myolivebranch
    Dec 31, 2009 @ 17:48:20

    i love it when we go for a walk even in the winter! beautiful cardinal.

    we are celebrating with a couple little fellas. imagine we’ll all be “out” by 9pm!! 🙂

    ps……love that you’re blogging again. :):)


  3. Tracy
    Dec 31, 2009 @ 18:37:29

    I love your pics Gayle. The birds are amazing. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Hugs, smiles & warm thoughts from New Mexico…..


  4. Vicki W
    Dec 31, 2009 @ 19:11:02

    Great photos! I could spend hours every day watching the birds. As you suspected, your nuthatch is a titmouse. Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year!


  5. AllenQuilts
    Dec 31, 2009 @ 22:43:03

    Love the bird show! Happy New Year to you & Steve & Josh.


  6. Linda Card
    Jan 01, 2010 @ 19:02:40

    I would not get a lick of work done if I had those birds outside my window. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year.


  7. sammi
    Jan 02, 2010 @ 00:30:31

    I am so excited to see your avian portraits again!!

    We had an American eagle here today. Very difficult to tell if it’s an American or a hawk from a distance. But judging by his size (twice as big as our red tail hawks) and our telescope, he was definitely an eagle. The predators are all perching real high during this awful weather.

    We did have a hawk come in about 3 inches off the driveway and about 50 mph the other day to grab the last quail in the “parade”. I was both happy and sad …….


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