Monday, January 4, 2016

January's Blog Header and January Birds

Garden Grumbles and Cross Stitch Fumbles - January 2016 Blog Header

Row #1: Lizzie Kate, "Snowbelles" - freebie border - "Snowy Trees"; Lizzie Kate, "Six Fat Men" - "Snow Fun".

Row #2: The Prairie Schooler, "Let It Snow" freebie; Lizzie Kate, "Snowbelles" - "Ready for Snow".

Row #3: Bent Creek, "A Gift for You"; Ewe and Eye and Friends, "Snowman Scissor Companion"; Lizzie Kate, "Six Fat Men" - freebie border - "Snowy Birdhouse".

Row #4: Lizzie Kate, "Six Fat Men" - "Snow Friends"; Heart in Hand, "Snow Joe".

We've had some 'interesting' weather to start off the new year.  Several very cold nights  /early mornings (for us) with a low of 18°F Saturday morning.  On Sunday we greeted the day with a skiff of snow followed by sleet and freezing rain.  A pretty miserable day. Nonetheless, the inclement weather made for busy feeders as everyone took advantage of 'easy' food sources to battle the cold temperatures.

The Steller's Jays swarm to the feeders in bad weather.

I have a soft heart and set out 'extra' peanuts and other protein rich food.  

I'm sure they's say thank you if they had better manners. 

It's important not to neglect the ground feeders like the Mourning Doves.

...and the California Quail.

When the weather gets cold...

...the birds get puffy!

It was lovely to hear a Song Sparrow singing away on a cold winter's morning.
Further proof that every day truly is a gift.

The poor little Pine Siskin did not look nearly as pleased with the weather.

After several week's hiatus, I now have a flock of 6-8 House Finches.
There are several males.  Most are red or orange hued. 

But this fellow is yellow!

Speaking of yellow - what a great surprise to have a male Lesser Goldfinch stop by.

He visited for just a day, but that was a pleasant winter gift.

And another nice surprise - a skein of Canada Geese flew overhead.


cucki said...

Beautiful birds xx

Brigitte said...

A nice display of snowman in your January header. Now it just needs the snow to build them, lol.

Justine said...

Gorgeous colours in your new header - and in your bird photos too! Those goldfinch are so vivid.

Melissa said...

Love your January header! It suits today's weather here - snow! Lovely to catch up with your birds too! Happy New Year to you, Beth!

Le trame della Galaverna said...

New layout is so pretty
Birds are always lovely creatures

Barb said...

Wonderful bird photos. What a great header for January!

Christine said...

Great header! Lovely bird pictures too.

MaryO said...


Maggee said...

Tomorrow I take down my Christmas decorations, and put up snowmen and snowy things, like your header! And I put out a small Valentines display at the end of the month through Valentines or the nearest weekend. Next holiday and /or season will be St. Patrick's day and Spring!! I look forward to that time! Today I saw Red-bellied woodpecker, Downys, House Finches, Carolina Chickadees, American Goldfinches, Mourning Doves and dang Cowbirds! Love that yellow House Finch.. pretty neat! Hugs!