Snow Fun

I Spy...

I Spy…

A snow fort!

A snow fort!

Peek a boo

Peek a boo

The Spy

The Spy

Snowballs!

Snowballs!

Teepee

Teepee

Coneflower Snow Hat

Coneflower with a Snow Hat

Running

Running

Looking up

Looking up

Winter Thyme

Winter Thyme

It’s winter time, how could I resist the pun?

Dexie loving the snow!

Dexie loving the snow!

A (brief) moment of calm

A (brief) moment of calm

Snowy Swing

Snowy Swing

Another swing

Another swing

Smoochie swings

Smoochie swings

Snowy Captain Ship

Snowy Captain Ship

Baby

Baby

It's cold outside!

It’s cold outside!

I took this picture of a big flock of European Starlings in our yard a few days ago:

European Starlings

European Starlings

They are sort of cool-looking birds but quite disruptive to native bird populations. I found the following interesting (from Missouri Department of Conservation website):

European starlings were released in New York’s Central Park in 1890 by a group that tried to bring to our continent every species of bird mentioned in the works of Shakespeare. By 1950, the starling’s invasion had extended to the Pacific Ocean. This species has successfully colonized much of the world. Ironically, it has been red-listed by conservationists in its native Great Britain, as starling numbers there have declined dramatically in recent decades…Americans love to hate starlings, for their seeming “greed” at birdfeeders, their untidy nests that are often made near human structures, and their large, squawking numbers. Yet humans brought them here, and witnessing their sad effects on native bird species should serve to humble us. (source)

3 thoughts on “Snow Fun

  1. narf77

    (Banging …head… against …the… desk…”winter thyme” GAH! ;) ). You do know that Dexie looks like something out of one of my worst nightmares in some of her action shots. I have an image of Bezial racing towards us, ostensibly for a cuddle but looking like he is going to rip us to shreds…the line between wild and tame is ethereally thin sometimes. Good to see The Spy and Baby employing creative and positive thought in order to utilise “snow” to its greatest advantage, as a prime ingredient for FUN!!! Almost makes me want to trade in our blue sky and sunshine…almost…

    Australia has been the recipient of every countries waste weeds and cast off animals. We have blackbirds, starlings, sparrows and Indian Minor birds along with rabbits and foxes. Some bright Scottish spark that was lonely for the highland mists decided to import gorse, we have just about EVERY single weed known to South Africa (cheers Mr 23Thorns) and spend most of our time in a vain attempt to stop these wondrously adaptive critters and green things from taking over the property. The only thing that we haven’t got is starlings. For some reason they are laying low (scoping out the joint we figure) at the moment but one day soon they will be wheeling their way in to take advantage of our birdbath generosity and Serendipity Farm will become the local home of the murmuration’s…sigh…

    (“Winter thyme”…GAH! you are killing me girl!) ;)

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  2. Eliza Waters

    Good sticky snow for making snow sculptures! Dexie is loving it, for sure. Cool pics – my favorites are looking up through the arbor, the bedecked coneflower and the starlings – that one looks like a modern abstract oil painting.
    We’re getting the storm now, predicted to be a good blow, followed by frigid temps. Your VT relatives are bracing for it I expect!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      Yes it was perfect for making snowmen! We’ve already been back out for rounds 2 and 3 ;). VT is always hunkered down for snow, isn’t it?! And CT too, I remember LOTS of snow there!!

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