Breakfast Served!

Yesterday “gifted” me with an unexpected day at home. Due to weather (snowy, windy, arctic cold) and it also being the day before Thanksgiving, clients cancelled appointments en masse! To be honest, I did not mind. Having met all my internship requirements per hours of required direct contact with clients, I welcomed an extra day off. So, what did I do with my free time? — I watched the birds! I still have papers to write, discussions to post, “assignments” to complete for my site supervisor, end-of-quarter forms to fill out, etc., but I chose to watch the birds in my backyard instead of keeping my nose to the grindstone. Smart move. 🙂

Now that the Cornel University Lab of Ornithology’s FeederWatch program is fully underway, I’m back to watching and counting the birds that feast at our backyard feederstation. Yesterday was not a “count day” for me, but I watched and was mesmerized by my aviary friends anyway. They flock in by the dozens for breakfast each morning–Mourning Doves, Sparrows of all kinds, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Cardinals, Blue Jays, European Starlings, Downy and Red-Breasted Woodpeckers, Finches, an occasional Chickadee or Nuthatch, and others that I have yet to identify. While the birds were feeding yesterday, I was able to get a few photos that I thought you might enjoy. 🙂








Last night we lit the first candle marking the beginning of Chanukah, and today is Thanksgiving Day for those of us in the US. Enjoy the holidays, and take time to feed the birds, a simple pleasure for which I am thankful. (That, and I’ll be DONE with grad school in two weeks! 😀 ) 



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16 thoughts on “Breakfast Served!

  1. Cecelia, my best wishes for a happy Chanukah and Thanksgiving.I recently saw on LinkedIn that, in addition to all of your other life experiences, you have been a United Methodist minister.

    Your bird photos are incredible, all the more so because of the beautiful snow.

    Stay warm, and congratulations on just two weeks to go until you have completed your degree requirements.

    1. Thank you, Annie. The birds are enjoyable to watch, and since I’ve joined the FeederWatch program, I’ve learned so much about them. This is my second year participating in the program, and yes, I leave lots of treats for my feathered friends. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Nancy. With the sudden end to a gruelling schedule, I find myself at a loss for what to do. So I decided to just “be” (thanks to your post this morning!) It feels good to be able to relax, and to rekindle acquaintances. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  2. We haven’t been seeing many birds, however, the weather has been unseasonably warm. That is about to change, so the feeder visits should pick up again. I hope your arm isn’t giving you too much trouble.

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