It was a beautiful, partly sunny day and not too cold. Since we didn't have to leave till later in the morning, I had some time to spend out in the backyard playing with the dogs and filling birdfeeders. I remembered one of the robins had built a nest in one of my evergreen trees and I checked to see if it was still there. Sure enough.....it was there and now serving as a hiding place for a bluejay's peanut.
My neighbor with the junk-filled backyard has an old blue tarp that is blowing to shreds up against my fence. I have seen several nests in my backyard trees where the birds incorporated shreds of this blue tarp into their nest construction.
Since I wasn't able to participate in Rochester's "official" Christmas bird count on Dec. 15th, I held my own "Backyard Christmas bird count" on Christmas Day. Here are the birds I saw & counted in my backyard yesterday morning:
Ring-Necked Pheasant - 1
American Goldfinch - 9
Red-Breasted Nuthatch - 1
Crow - 3
Blue Jay - 6
Black-Capped Chickadee - 2
American Tree Sparrow - 3
Mourning Dove - 4
House Sparrow - >100
Junco - 19
Downy Woodpecker - 2
Cardinal - 5
European Starling - 7
House Finch - 12
Down at Mom and Dad's, we had a visit from the Christmas possum. Actually this was one of three we saw at their place yesterday. I think this may have been a younger one....it had the most luxurious and darkest fur of the three I saw.
Don't you just love their cute little feet?
My niece Kathy loved the hat I knitted for her! She "hinted" that a matching pair of gloves would be a good gift when her birthday rolls around in February. (I'll have to check my "stash" to see if I have any more of this yarn left!)
Ethan's apple hat was way too small! I actually started the 6-month size but it seemed so huge that I reduced the pattern. Too bad....I had to take this one back home and will get a larger one knitted for him.