Wednesday, February 10, 2010



I had 12 bluebirds on my porch yesterday, chattering and squabbling. It was heaven.



Showing off.

Quiet beauty.

Red, white and blue.


Where's the grass?!



I apologize for such clipped little captions. I have had a hard time putting the camera down, and I have so many more photos to share, but wanted to get this out in case we all just die in here! It has been beautiful, but enough is enough!

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Going out - Emily was curious, and thought she would just go play..

She sank and had to bounce out - she didn't want to play any more!

In Washington, everything gets named, and this is my favorite so far of the names sent in for the storm. The official snowfall in my area so far is 14 - 20", but everywhere I have measured, it's more like 24" and still snowing hard. They have "upgraded" to blizzard warning from winter storm warning. I don't do cold very well, so most of my photos have been from very close to the house. But the birds have been's a challenge to keep their food unucovered, the snow blows into even the covered feeders. I really needed to have the store open today, but can't change it, so I might as well enjoy it.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Storm Watch.

The Big Storm is here. Less than an hour ago I looked and nothing was happening - now there's at least 1/2". It doesn't sound like there's any chance I'll get out of here tomorrow to open the store. I'll use the day to read your blogs and post some photos of the snow. I have plenty of bird food (Thankfully live mealworms came in today, so Ollie can have special treats.) and dogfood, so let it snow!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hello again..

The dog noticed this guy in our neighbor's yard on her walk one day last week. We grabbed cameras and clicked away....I was inching closer flat on my belly till it was apparent that the little sharp-shinned wasn't going anywhere. He was unmarked, but acting dazed - we guessed he must have flown into something. He kept closing his right eye, and didn't react to us very much at all.

Looks like he's about had it with us in his face, doesn't he?

We captured him fairly easily and called our friend at the VA Raptor Conservancy. We were able to take the bird to a volunteer, who transported him to the conservancy. I had word later in the week that he did recover and will be released soon. Hooray!

I just hope he doesn't ever see Ollie!

This is Olivia. I have always called my resident female Camille, but then I never had one for 7 years before the last Camille. This one is a little different -I thought she should have her own name.
Eeee, eee, eeeeeee!


And on a different note.....

Lane 2, Nick David, First Place !

Lane One, Nick David, First Place.

This one was close! Lots of Phelps record times on the board to the left.

All Star!

Just for a smile...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Before going to work....

I spied a titmouse in the bird tree....

A hummingbird posing for me......

Another - as cute as can be...

A lady for Ollie...whoopee!

And Ollie - my favorite to see!

This is what I've been waiting for - and Ollie let the female drink before he did - I think he's found one who suits him!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

News from our gallery

We have 10 artists exhibiting in The Gallery at Backyard Boutique...every third Thursday we have gallery night from 6 - 8 with nibbles and the artists meet and greet. It's very enjoyable, and we're actually selling. The gallery itself occupies the front 1200 sf of my store space. Bird shop and online still crippling along.