My Redhead Valentine – Day 45

Now WHAT could be a more perfect “new life bird” on Valentine’s Day than…

A Redhead Duck!?


Over the moon on this one from today’s visit to Orleans, Happy Hearts everyone!  ❤

 

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New Life Bird – Northern Pintail – Post 37

And to think I had almost turned the key and headed for home.

Nothing much was happening at the harbor; I’d arrived late, long after most of the ducks had moved on up the channel at the harbor.

When all of a sudden, in flew three ducks who landed skerPLASH on the water in front of me.

A pair of Mallards… and  a third duck I’d never seen before.

He had a beautiful chocolate head, white and brown mottled feathers, white chest with a sliver of white going up the neck – and a bluish bill that glowed in the glare of morning light.


He was swimming quickly by, but I was fortunate to get a snap or two as he passed.

I found out later, it was a Northern Pintail drake, another “new life bird”!  Woo HOO!  😉  ❤

 

Found Among the Mallards – Hooded Merganzers – Day 29

The other day I mentioned the Hooded Merganzers I’d recently met.

Among the Mallards they were, paddling about so quietly that I almost missed them.


A sweet pair…


And you could tell, he was the one guarding the area, as she dove continually for fish.

Even with the water glare, when I did catch a glimpse of her I thought she was one of the prettiest little ducks I’d ever seen.


I sure hope I see them again for a visit… if they’ll let me.

I must remember to ask her, who does her DOO?!  😉

Robin Therapy Helps Cape Cod Escape the Dismal Doldrums of Winter – Day 28

I’ll be the first one to admit it…

Cape Cod can get downright bleak in winter, like some kind of dreary moor landscape straight out of a Bronte novel.

And yet.

We have robins!!


And they have been managing, sometimes single-featheredly, to keep us all smiling these dismal days.


Especially with the Big Berry Bonanza going on for our hungry winter friends to help keep them warm and healthy!


Don’t you just love ’em??  😉

Touched by a Feather – Day 23

I so remember one fine fall day, when a very special feather fell into my life.

It had been a tough day, a day of real struggles.

Just as I was heading out the door to get some time with the birds, I spied it.

Nestled into this planter on my deck, a glorious Red-tailed Hawk feather!


And it’s been there ever since; a bit faded and weathered now since the day it came.

Yet it always seems that I notice it again, just when I really need it.

Like yesterday.


And just like the day I first discovered it, I found myself whispering…

Thank you, Red-tailed Hawk, for this feather, your feather.

All is well, all is well, all is truly well.