Monday, December 19, 2011

Connecticut Backyard Wildlife OWT

1. Cardinal-kab Cardinal, Song Sparrow and Junco 12-12-11

Since I have been spending so much time in Ct recently, I have also been watching and counting birds in my Mom’s backyard. Last week I was able to photograph some of her backyard wildlife. Here is some of what I have been seeing.

2. squirrel-kab Gray Squirrel 12-12-11


3. nuthatch-kab White-breasted Nuthatch 12-12-11


4. cooper's-kab Cooper’s Hawk 12-13-11 in tree above barn and feeders.


5. COHA-kab Flying away


6. in flight-kab Cooper’s Hawk flies through amber light.

It would rather be the watcher than the watched!

7. TUTI-kab Tufted Titmouse in bush by barn 12-13-11


8. December groundhog-kab December Groundhog in Colchester, CT 12-16-11

I could not believe it when I saw this groundhog scurry across Mom’s backyard in the middle of December! Our temperatures have mostly been in the 50’s with only a day or two dipping into the 30’s. However, it has been cold at night and this weekend it finally dropped to the teen’s. More warm weather is expected later on this week.

Our World Tuesday!


Note: Life is still busy for me with taking care of my Mom and helping her with my niece and 2 nephews but soon that will end. Their Grandpa (my brother) will be back to care for them later this week, then they will transfer to living with their other grandmother after Christmas. As for Mom, she had her second chemo last week and so far is doing well all things considered. Thank you all for your well wishes, kind comments and prayers. I hope to be back to blogging on a regular basis soon and then I will come and visit all of you!


  1. Hi Katie...for a minute there I thought you had a Halloween post when I saw the
    Ya Woodchuck in December?? Kind of unusual..hmmm did he see his shadow? lol
    That Hawk is looking for a snack..
    but then he saw the amber light huh!

  2. Just beautiful photos of the birds! All the best to you and your family for the holidays!

  3. Nice colour coordination on the first image Kathie.{:)
    Hope everything goes well for you and your family of Christmas.

  4. Beautiful captures, but i guess that 'flying away' one took you unaware, that's okay its wings are so lovely. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

  5. You must be feeling better. So glad you've gotten in some birding.

  6. Such wonderful shots of all these creatures!

  7. Kathie, I will keep your Mom in my thoughts and prayers. Nice series of birds and wildlife in your mothers yard. I guess the groundhogs are getting fat. Great photos. I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  8. Hi Kathie

    All the best to your mom and take care of yourself as well. What a lovely shot of the groundhog it certainly does not look like December from your photos.

    Best wishes to you and your family for the holidays.


  9. Lovely as always Kathie! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  10. love all these new critters you've spotted...especially the hawk and the ...GROUNDHOG??! maybe he got kicked out of the family den...for snoring or something??

    sending good wishes to you...your mom...and the rest of your family, for a merry christmas and a peaceful & happy 2012!

  11. We have some Oregon Junco that visit our bird feeder daily. The Chickadees eat from the feeder and knock seeds on the ground. The Juncos come in to clean up the leavings. - Margy

  12. Hey everyone, hope you don't mind a group response. I am in Colchester still but heading home later today. My cold is gone so I am feeling pretty good. Mom is tired and her hair has started to fall out. Still, she has such a "can do" attitude. I will be back for another visit next week but by then the kids will have gone to live with their other grandmother.

    Thanks for all the prayers and good wishes and Merry Christmas greetings. It is always fun to hear from all of you. Hopefully I will be able to get a Christmas Greeting posted once I get home. but just in case...


  13. OMG! I only saw the pumpkin and the cardinal in that first photo! Guess that's why birds like camouflage!


Welcome to my nest! I hope you will enjoy spending time here with me and the birds. Thank you for your comments. I will try to get back to you as soon as I get back from counting more birds.