Our feeders are just outside all our windows. You can't move about the house without seeing the winged drama. Our weather has turned very cold so we are filling the feeders often.. The birds wait in the lilac bush until the feed is out. Small birds in the branches and quail beneath.
But this morning we had a bit of sun and I spied a large pheasant all fluffed up to retain heat sitting in a patch of sun. This time of year we mostly have mourning doves, quail, house finches, juncos, goldfinches, wood peckers, chickadees, nuthatches, ravens, owls and song sparrows...and wild turkeys.
Just as I turned from taking the photo of the pheasant I saw this bird in the lilac.... a varied thrush. We get them in the spring but never this time of year. So it was a special treat.
Later in the day we were snuggled on the couch with the dogs and watched this doe actually sucking the sunflower seeds from the feeder... Her fawn was getting some from under the feeders..
We are blessed to be surrounded by wildlife all the time but there was a sad side this week also. An old coyote went into the barn back into a storage area. It was thin and weak and was seeking shelter to die. It was out of the weather and there were plenty of mice. It lasted 4 days before it passed. I love the coyotes and know we would be overrun with gophers and mice without them..
The high today was about 15 degrees so I keep side rooms closed to conserve heat. Molly has three beds but her very favorite is in this bedroom with the closed door. I can take her bed out but she won't get into it.. She wants it in that bedroom in her special corner. So when I close the door she sits all day and stares at the door willing it to open.
And of course she doesn't want to be in there with the door closed.. it's cold in there.