gotta love all these berries.... ..just a little to my right and I think I can reach it. If you click on the photo, you can see his eyes are slightly closed as if he is thinking, oh my goodness this is good!
ooh...just a little further back and ah, I think I might have it...oh my neck... ...oh yea, definitely worth all that twisting and turning... What?...oh stop staring... I do these kinds of calisthenics every day!!
Today's forecast called for rain, heavy at times with gusts of winds. Tuesday, 11a.m. I glanced out the window and noticed the rain had turned to wet snow...never in my mind did I think that by.... 1p.m. we would have 3 inches of snow! Notice the picture above and the one below were taken from the same spot in my yard! and it continued..... heavier flakes now! Tree limbs started snapping like toothpicks under the weight of all that heavy snow...loud snapping cracks filled the still air as I took these pictures. Many of our neighbors lost large limbs from their beautiful evergreens, maples and pear trees. We were luckier than most and only lost a few small branches off of our swamp maple. In a few hours it was all over and I think we probably received about 4 inches of snow. ...and of course, through it all, our resident squirrel NEVER missed a crunch on all those sunflower seeds I had put out earlier in the morning...for ALL to enjoy. ...and by Friday we are suppose to be back in the mid 60's with plenty of sunshine......as least that's what our weather forecasters are calling for???
Saturday brought clouds and lots rain. Anyone that ventured outside had trouble keeping dry.....even this little grey squirrel who did his best to stay down wind looked chilled. With the dawn of Sunday came cool breezes and lots of sunshine. We are now seeing much colder temperatures at night and you can definitely feel that nip in the air.
This morning I noticed these little guys foraging through the leaves that had blown underneath our yews! Several white-throated sparrows found their way to our backyard and were looking for their breakfast as we ate ours. It was nice to see them again as many had wintered with us last year. I know their breeding range is in Canada, and from what I've read, many choose to winter in the north eastern states.I remember how nice it was, last winter, to look out and see these peppy little birds whose colorful eye patch of yellow would jump out like a snippet of sunshine! I guess as much as I would like to hold on to these beautiful Fall days, for just a little longer, the arrival of these little sparrows helps me to accept that those winter winds that bring snowy days are not too far away!