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Meet the neigbors, that's why they call it a wetland and blog candy

Hi Everyone.  Happy Thursday.

I don't have a card for you tonight, but I thought I would share some pictures of what's been visiting us and I don't just mean the 3" of rain we have had in 24 hours either!

Last night we had received nearly 2 inches of rain.  We slept with the windows open and I swear, it was almost impossible to get to sleep.  The frogs were REALLY loud and really happy.  Honestly, everynight since we have moved in, I have gone to sleep with a smile on my face.  I've slept really well because it is so quiet and there is no traffic noise.  It's all led to me being much more relaxed during the day, too.  Going to sleep, listening to the rain, the wind in the trees, watching the lightening and being seranaded by thousands of frogs.... priceless :-)

We lasted just a couple of days before we HAD to go and buy a feeding station.  We are so pleased we did.   I'm going to share some photos with you - and then offer up a little more blog candy!

Firstly.... let's get the blog candy question in.........   What is this bird?   I called this picture BOTTOMS UP. :-)   For those of you with the right answer, I will put your names into the random generator and pull out two winners.   What will you get?   Well, the Stampin' Up! scrunchy bins that I bought at convention last year.   I love mine.  It sits on my desk everytime I craft and its a perfect size.  I put my waste in there and then dump it straight into the recycling from there.   Then, it folds up, nice and neat, and sits on a shelf in my crafting space.    So.... two scrunchy bins up for offer.  All you have to do is correctly identify this little visitor and your name will be put in the draw.   I will be sending out all the blog candy goodies this weekend - and will add these to the posting.   So, you have until Saturday morning to add a comment to this post.

Who is this little visitor?


Now... our feeding station has attracted quite a few birds


Generally, the goldfinch take for ever to find a new feeder.... not these guys!   I'm thinking of putting up a sign that says "Goldfinch Station"!


We were so excited to see the grosbeak and his female hanging around.  He was really difficult to get a good shot of...but he sure is handsome.


The Hoary woodpecker and her mate have been hanging around as has the flicker and the redbellied woodpecker.  We haven't had the Pileated yet... but I'm determined to attract him :-)

Of course, every feeding station becomes a battlefield and the birds end up doing time share.  Occasionally, they get greedy and want to move in before their allotment time is up :-)


On Tuesday night - our view of the wetland looked like this

Stormy skies

However, tonight, after 3 inches of rain...... we knew why they called it a wetland view!


Yep.... it's wet :-)   You may be wondering why we still have the landscaping screens up and bare earth?  Well, that's because, on the edge of the property, we are putting in wild grasses and wildflowers, as well as a couple of trees that cater to the wildlife.   We knew we had to put in the ubiquitous green lawn.... but, on the sides and the back, we really wanted the landscape to blend into the wetland.  Over this summer and fall, we will also be rehabilitating some of the woodland area and removing the buckthorn and planting native bushes that are not invasive.  We will also be planting some wetland/woodland plants like ladyslippers and plants and grasses that filter water and provide food for the birds.  In the meantime, its a bit of a mess.  However, the birds are loving such easy access to worms :-)

As always, thank you so much for spending time in my little area of the stamping blogosphere.  I know I tell you this everytime, but I really do mean it... .your visits and your comments are the only thing that keeps this blog going.

Warm hugs and prayers to those of you who need a little lift tonight.  Have a wonderful Friday.





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Look at that feathery little bum all up in the air! And those sweet little legs and feet! What a wonderful photo! (I have NO clue about the bird, but I LOVE the photo!)

And, holy smokes look at the goldfinches! I have a pair that come once in a while, but nothing like that. One of my favorite bird memories is from when I was growing up. We had a flock (I suppose that's what you would call it) of goldfinches at the feeder when a flock (again, I suppose that's right) of indigo buntings came in. Can you imagine the color explosion at the feeder??

I'm sure the wildlife are all *beyond* chuffed you and Lou have taken up residence and are their new neighbors. :o) I can't *wait* to see your landscaping--it's going to be AMAZING! :o)


P.S. Hi Lou! :o)


It's a white breasted nuthatch. It could also be a rose breasted one but I can't see the front of it!! They are fun to watch & listen to. They go down the trees head first. I am so jealous to see your others....we do get finches and several kinds of woodpeckers, but I haven't had any grosbeaks, although I know they're in the area. I saw a pileated in my woods, but not ever at my feeder! Have fun with your nature!!!

Sally A. Davis

I look at a lot of blogs everyday but very seldom read them. The exception being yours. I read every word every day and love how you write and am always interested in what you say. Of course, I like your cards too but I find your narative of your life so fun. Your new home and back yard are wonderful. I love the pictues you post and your attention to nature is nothing short of amazing. I appreciate your sharing it with us, your readers. Keep up the good things that you do every day not only for us your readers but also every creature in your realm.

Kelly Wentling

Hi Jaydee! Your bird feeding station is amazing and I love it! We have lots of feeders about the patio and trees but have to share with the squirrels. I love the pic of the grosbeak. For some reason, I only see those once or twice a year and they are so beautiful. I got to watch my hummers last evening fighting over the feeder. I was about 6 feet away and they made my night! I think your pic is a titmouse but it is hard to say with his/her bum in the air to us. lol! Hope you have a great long weekend!!

Carol Parcell

It looks like a white-breasted nuthatch from that angle. Love to see those at my feeders. Love your feeding station, too.

Beth Rigden

Love the pictures-but I do not know what the bird is! What a wonderful feeding station! You must have the most popular feeding station in the area!

Carol Snow

Looks like a nuthatch to me too. We also feed the birds (and squirels)-haha. We have lots of yellow finchs and woodpeckers. I always love the pictures of the birds you have that we don't see at our house. How in the world are you going to keep the squirels away or do they not live in the wetlands???


I think maybe you and Lou might have to work a side job to buy all the seeds for the feeders!! I actually think the birds are the lucky ones that you built your house where you did!! LOL
In my neighborhood I would say the bird was a finch. Not sure if they are in your neighborhood!


Wow!!! What an awesome feeding station! It's beautiful. You sure get great pictures of the wildlife around you!! Love those! I think the bird is a white breasted nuthatch too.


I think that bird is a white breasted nuthatch. It does look a little smaller in the picture, & the red breasted nut hatch is smaller, & so cute. I love watching these little birds at my feeder. One has taken residence in one of the bird houses my hubby has in the woods. Beth


Thoroughly read every posting. Love your photos, cards and your new home. I rarely post anything, but thank you for sharing.


Maybe a regular old sparrow? Dunno, but am enjoying both the pix and seeing your cards again. My inspiration is completely gone, haven't made a card since September, but love yours! And what a view! I would find it impossible to get ANYTHING done!

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