The following pictures were taken through my window as I watched the local birds fighting to get to the bird feeder. And I do mean fight: I could hear the squawking and chirping as the birds fought to get into the four openings to the seed.
I decided to feed the birds in winter, spring and fall. They don’t need to be fed in summer, since food is plentiful. I’m actually using up the seed I bought last year.
Those birds really are pigs. Within two days, the feeder is empty. I don’t have to worry about checking on it, though. There’s always a chirp-chirp-chirp, a lone call, that comes right through the windows. Maybe the birds take turns. I don’t know, but the lone chirping is how I know that the feeder is empty.
Though March 20th marked the official start of Spring, the weather had other ideas.
We got a snowstorm that day; the snow didn’t start laying until after three. By evening, it looked like a winter wonderland–on the first day of Spring. Most of the snow melted yesterday in the 40 degree-plus weather. I wasn’t surprised. I knew that Winter would give us one last kick. However, we are moving too close to the sun for this type of weather to last much longer.
This pic is of Canadian geese. (Thanks for the identification, Mary!) This is the same flock that I wrote about a few weeks ago. The birds were looking for ground not covered in snow. The small park near the Tarrytown train station was perfect.
The past two days have felt more like early or mid-April rather than the end of May. It’s been COLD. Today, at least the sun is out. The photos of the daffodils were taken back when they were blooming at Philipsburg Manor. They were so nice that I leaned over the fence and snapped the pics.
It takes a lot of time and effort to blog, but I like it. I have been taking pictures, but sometimes I don’t know if I should put up the images or not. In most cases I get lazy and don’t get around to writing the entry. There’s a story with the following photos. One morning, I saw a family of swans headed to the mill pond at Philipsburg Manor. I was in a hurry so I didn’t have time to snap any pictures, but watching the cygnets (baby swans) run towards the water was really cute.
I usually get off at the Tarrytown station in the evening, but I decided to get off at Philipse Manor to get more exercise. I’m glad that I did. Imagine my surprise when I saw the same (?) family heading away from the pond, the cygnets running all around. This time I snapped some pics.
And lastly, I went to work a few weeks ago late and happened to be looking over at the eagle statue at the Philipse Manor station when I saw this nearby. Intrigued, I snapped some quick photos. I had no idea what it was, so I emailed my friend Mary in Maryland. Mary used to be a veterinary assistant, volunteer at the zoo, and just LOVES animals, so I figured she’d know. She did:
He/she (?) is a groundhog, a la Punxsutawney Phil, or in this case, Philipse Phil! Harmless and cute, and yes, like rats, in the rodent family 🙂
So there you have it. Wild animals are alive and well in Sleepy Hollow.
I wanted to post these pics when I took them, but got busy doing other things.
The thick line of black you see along the shore of the Pocantico River that runs through Philipsburg Manor is geese. The birds sailing on the river are mostly ducks.
The geese showed up a few weeks ago. A group of them were walking on the ice covering the pond created by the Philipsburg Manor dam; they were drinking out of a hole near the shore. And in among them? A duck. (The duck might have been lonely.) I thought it was funny, but unfortunately I didn’t stop to take a picture. The return of the geese and ducks are how I know that Spring is on its way.
We are now being told that another winter storm is approaching and may hit the area. This is the end of March. It’s too late. It can come, but the snow will disappear quickly. We are now moving closer and closer to the sun.
This really was a bad winter.