Ever since the bears destroyed my favorite squirrel-resistant feeders back in the Spring, I have been in the market for uber-sturdy bird feeders. And lo and behold, Santa brought me 3 all-metal birdfeeders-2 tube feeders and a tray. I knew he was following me on Twitter for a reason. :0) I know, I know, they are not bear-proof, but perhaps they will be the teensiest bit bear-resistant. At least they will not break completely when in contact with bear teeth. Santa also brought me a Water Wiggler. It deters mosquitoes but entices birds. Super thoughtful of him.
I also got an oak tree camo T-shirt and sweatshirt. I have been pondering the question of wearing camo while birding for a while. The interesting thing about procuring camo in the flatland is that every store has many habitat patterns and styles. Now, I can blend in when I bird. I wonder if it will make a difference….
And you know I bought myself a digital Rebel with 2 lenses before the holiday, right? I hope to have time to play with it over the next week.
I just love the name. Skylands. It rings of long vistas and a sort of mythology; like it is a place where eagles live. And if you were to drive up to Skylands and the NJ State Botanical Gardens you would indeed find eagles. 5000 pound eagles. And they are festooned with holiday finery at this time of year. There is an annual gala fundraiser and volunteers dress up Skylands, the manor house at the gardens for the holidays. This year’s theme was “A Traditional Holiday”. Apparently that also means wreathing the eagles (think lions at NY Public Library). These eagles, for there are two of them, one on either side of the entrance to the gardens, graced the facade of Pennsylvania Station in New York City for 53 years. The building was demolished in 1965 and the pink granite eagles were scattered around the country. They are intended, I believe to look fierce, but this one only looks worried or maybe chagrined to me. Perhaps he is afraid he looks like a dork wearing a wreath.
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While browsing the book table at the local bird festival way back in the summer, I came across the large-print version of the Peterson’s guide. I picked it up to flip through thinking of my mother but more my sister. She is always searching for her reading glasses. The descriptive paragraph has much less information but the picture of the bird, the map and text is large enough to read without glasses. This is perfect for the kitchen when a flicker of movement out the window pulls your eyes away from the tedious chopping of sticky dates for all of those Christmas cookies. (You do keep binoculars on the kitchen counter, right?)
I immediately called sis on the cell phone to ask if she thought this might be a good gift for mom for Christmas. She loved the idea. But you and I both know who will be using it most…not my 77 year-old mother. Good thing we also bought her a new … oops best not say. Ya never know.
It is nice to be from a family of bird lovers.