We now have 2 pairs of adult Northern Cardinals here and it's a rare treat for me to view them for any length of time. They're so very shy and timid, spooking at the slightest noise or movement. Despite the appearance of a very persistant Northern Shrike, the feeders were hopping with activity all day. I grabbed a few images through the windows, since I'm still quite weak and our temps were a balmy 15 degrees at most. My housekeeper/helper pitched in and dug many of my holiday decorations out of packing this afternoon, which I greatly appreciated. I now have greenery, lights and the usual fare placed both outdoors and in- but I had a difficult time pulling myself away from the views out my windows, and turned 'The Nutcracker Suite' down in hopes of hearing the sweet calls of our own seedcrackers. We're already hearing the mating calls of our resident Great Horned Owls, but I can count on one hand the times I've viewed them during the daylight hours here. (Another good reason to stay close to the windows- I'm way overdue for an owl sighting)
I also received a very welcomed update on the wayward Whooping Crane yesterday evening: ' Whooping Crane 44-07 transmitter was detected Nov. 18 near Antwerp, Paulding Co., OH and again on the 19th. Since then there has been no reading so the transmitter may have malfunctioned.' I truly hope that is the case and hope to hear more on that most special bird in the future.
This has been one of the most restful days I've had in a great while. I have a very comfortable hospital bed at home now, and can finally lay down without re-cracking my broken ribs. Phoebe's new dog bed arrived today and she seems to like it- she's actually sleeping on it , whereas in the past she treated her bedding like a big chew toy and destroyed at least 3 of them. Progress!
My hubby has a warm fire crackling in the fireplace and the smell of fresh pine throughout the house is just heavenly. In a season where so many tie themselves in virtual knots because of the commercial aspect of the holidays, I find great comfort in the simple pleasures that all bring so much good cheer. I prefer red feathers over red bows.
" Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball and so are the stars. The Wind, in it's greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours."