|Happy New Year: Doin' the Green Jay dance!|
Even before helping unload the car, I turned on hoses to fill up baths as soon as we got home yesterday evening. With no rain since about July, the birds seemed delighted this morning to find saucers filled and drippers dripping. Green Jays and Kiskadees sounded like they were celebrating the New Year, loud despite the wind. No birds celebrate quite as much as Green Jays. The photo above is a favorite one from summer 2010. Those jays looked as though they were dancing--that's not wind blowing their feathers, but sheer jiggling, twisting joy! Today was also a celebration.
I'm adding something to the blog today. Reviving my twitter account, I have linked tweets to this blog (right sidebar) and will try to add yard-bird updates daily. Of course in 140 characters I can't list all the birds for a day, but I can add the new ones for the year. This is mostly for my benefit since I want to keep records of first-of-season appearances and birds to remember. When I started my blog (exactly a year ago today), it was sort of on a whim when I couldn't find the journal I usually wrote nature sightings in. I wanted a misplace-proof place to record the goings-ons in the yard. I am really pleased with how it turned out, except for the fact that I ended up writing longer and more infrequent posts than I had envisioned. Adding tweets may solve the problem of not really recording enough details to help me compare the sightings from year to year.
Here are a couple of other mammals seen from the house. I don't know for sure what the red deer is--it's definitely not our native white-tailed deer, being much larger and redder. We saw it during the Big Sit in October (which may prove that there are all sorts of surprises to see if you are just sitting and looking. As I said a couple of days ago about the Pine Warbler, I think many birds are here that I never see. And I think anyone that spends as much time looking --and sitting--as I do would see lots more birds and other critters than they do).
The wind is still howling (as Winnie the Pooh would say, it's a "Blustery Day"), but the sun is shining and the temperature has climbed above 70. I'll go see what else I can see from the windows on this first day of 2011. I wish the best of days and all of nature's blessings to all of you in the New Year!