Another sign of spring
As you read this, I am teaching in Connecticut, so hope to have some fun class pics soon… in the meantime, there has been another sure sign that it is spring! The other night as I took ‘Widgeon out for his pre-bed walkies, we must have disturbed someone large up in the tree. Several LARGE someones.
Here’s the view the next morning down the driveway…follow the blue arrows to two of the large someones… yes, the BUZZARDS are back to roost! Last spring, at their peak, we had 36 (THIRTY SIX!) just across from us.
I have developed this absurd fondness for the ugly birds, and was sad when they didn’t set up a rookery filled with nests and not-so-little-peeping baby vultures. I am told that you know it is spring when they are here because they need the warm thermals rising from the ground to lift the scent of carrion. Lovely, eh? Ahem. Think of them as your friendly neighborhood cleaning crew…
Paul spotted about 14 during ‘Widgeon’s morning walkies, so I trotted out and took these pictures.
These four were soon joined by another from the pine tree next door (they are quite difficult to spot in the shaggy pines).
This one guy cooperated tho…
and yet one more:
By the time the sun has risen the birds are out and on the thermals. Next, back to quilting….
March 19th, 2009 at 7:53 am
Sarah, thanks for the link from the Janome Group, giving a peep into your world. I was nudged into it by the buzzards! although we have them in the higher hills they are not common round here 10 miles from edinbugh ( the origonal one in Scotland). However the Falconry centry nearby now has two/three and they fly free for exercise each day.They are huge and I love the look on visitors faces whe they circle over the garden. i can watch them for hours!
also wandered round the blog really liked the student Birch pond piece and agree the red flowers link it al in as does the shapes made by th tree and the whole design of course.
You are a clever lady and I learn so mcu from your input to the group. Have just been in our own garden where we have now moved on to tete a tete mini daffs. Certainly spring here too. Now I have to get back to sewing! .
Thanks for sharing!
March 19th, 2009 at 5:27 pm
I truly think that is so cool.