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I suppose it's that time of year again. To look both backward and forward; to make resolutions and promises and open your eyes wide to the wonder of what will come next. This morning, the white world was whiter: covered in thick hoarfrost, fat and full and frozen. Chickadees flock to the frozen feeder, grabbing seed and flinging themselves to the top of the bird cherry. From the bedroom window I could see a bird with a very red body and strained to make out what it was; there are no cardinals here and the red-breasted robins aren't that red. Martin saw it too, but neither of us could get a clear glimpse to be sure. It didn't have the body or movements of a woodpecker, and I can't think of anything else with that much, that bright red, so stumped we'll stay, I guess.

Happy New Year!

I have no real resolutions; I know this game is too tenuous to bother putting into words. My promise to myself stands; that's what matters. For the rest, I shall look both behind and before me, ready for wonder whenever it comes.























EDITED TO ADD: I finally got the last post from our Italy trip up if anyone is still interested :) Perfect Pisa
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(Anonymous)

That is truly a winter wonderland! Happy 2011 (since you'll celebrate it several hours before me)!

-Heather

Happy New Year, Heather!

(Anonymous)

Beautiful photos- I love seeing hoarfrost! As for the bird- Sarah says "Scarlet Tanager blown off-course or escaped parrot or Macaw". I agree about the off-course idea, many animals, birds and insects are lately confused during migration or storms. Check out the birds of Britain too. Love, Lizardmom

I suppose it COULD have been a Scarlet Tanager as Wikipedia says they are a VERY rare vagrant to Western Europe, but they are primarily found in the Americas. Damned if I know what else it could have been though. I found a website that identifies European birds based on various criteria but none of the birds that had "red" in their description looked like what we saw. And it wasn't a woodpecker or parroty type bird: wrong body shape & size.

From Megsie

Gorgeous photos! I love hoarfrost. Today it RAINED all day. Can you believe that? It was 42 just now in the car. By Saturday it is supposed to be a high of 2 below zero. That is just crazy! Seriously, you have some wonderful photos in this post! I love the birds and the close ups of hte branches with the frost clinging to them. Happy New Year!

Re: From Megsie

Believe it not, it's raining here, too (freezing rain, though) and all the hoarfrost is totally gone this morning, though we still have all the snow. Crazy weather!

Could it have been a Bullfinch, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eurasian_Bullfinch ?

They are very much a mythical winter bird in these parts (sw. domherre) and are always pictured in winter landscapes, but I'll be damnedif I've seen one since I was a child.

Yes! That must be what it was!! How cool! I wish he had come to the feeder!

Oh, you got the great tit and the blue tit at the same time, how wonderful. I miss those little guys just outside my window. And most likely that was a domherre you saw, we used to get them all the time.

Edited at 2010-12-31 08:50 am (UTC)

I keep calling them all chickadees because of the black caps, even though I know better :)

So pretty! I've only seen frost like that once here.

We get it quite often, and just up the hill toward Lund they have it pretty much all winter long. I always plan on taking a camera up there, every year, but never manage to do it! Doh!

Those photos are unreal! Especially that brambly bush... and the colorful splashes of birds... gorgeous.

The day after it was gone, and the day after that, back again: hoarfrost is COOL!

We have had a ton of finches and tits at the feeder and we saw the red bullfinch up close yesterday!

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