Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday Critters ~ 271 ~

I did not see any birds yesterday morning, still I opened the window and stood next to it.
I am a believer you know,
the kind of person who thinks they can "will" things to happen.
Do you remember that story??
Well it happened yesterday - the second I lifted the camera to my eye, a 

Dark Eyed Junco 
appeared right in front of my lens.
I have not seen one at my feeders in years and I have never seen one outside of a snow day.

I thought those small reddish brown spots on the back of it's head and back,
"may" indicate that this is a female.
My favorite bird book says:
"the female is similar to the male but in the slate colored gray elements of plumage,
are tinged rufous, especially on the crown and wings".
If you look closely, you can see that in the first picture as well.

The bill is a soft pale pink color.

I had forgotten how good this stand at the open window
 and snap 30 pictures of a bird I rarely have the opportunity to see or photograph.

The hubs had forgotten just how cold the office gets with the open window.
But he was thrilled with my delight!

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Long Branch Beach

We live in New Jersey, it is the only place you can have 3 inches of snow one day,
then sunshine and 60 degrees the next.
I adore these entrances to the beach, when you reach this spot, you can hear and feel the ocean,
and you know you are almost there.

When I first saw this from a distance, I thought it was made of sand but obviously it isn't.
I'm not sure how it got there?