Monday, January 11, 2021

A Sliver Moon

Cold and calm before daybreak. The moon is an orange sliver visible just above the treeline. Four pairs of eyes shine back at us from the Mitchell's lower field, a small herd of deer that survived 2020.

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Three Bluebirds in a Row

The mixed flock of birds at our feeders includes three bluebirds sitting in a row. Their brilliant blue feathers brighten an otherwise dull, gray day. A gray squirrel drinks from the heated dog bowl bird bath.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Snow and Slush

Two inches of wet snow slide off our solar panels early this morning, waking us with thuds. Drizzle and near freezing temperature at daybreak. A good day to read the Fedco seed catalog.

Friday, January 1, 2021

New Year's Day 2021

6:30 AM 

First walk of the new year. Clear, calm, 24F. A bright waning gibbous moon hangs in the western sky. Venus shines in the southeast before dawn. The ground is bare of snow; frost crystals sparkle on the brown leaves.

Bluebirds are the first to visit the bird feeders before sunrise.

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