6 April 2014 – Foxy Sparrow


We had a great day yesterday…rain or not, it was wonderful to get to spend time with my family. Me, Tim, Cameron and Ashley went to spend the day with Mom and Fred to celebrate Cameron’s upcoming 18th and Ashley’s upcoming 17th birthday!

As usual, Mom stuffed us well before sending us on our way…lasagna, salad, garlic bread and for the dessert, pound cake with mixed berries and whipped cream…I was in a food coma the whole way home! I think my stomach shrank during my time away.

My bestie read my note I wrote to her. I didn’t mean to make her cry. Sorry bestie. 😦

I also found out that my cousin’s father, a veteran, is engaged in the fight of his life…literally. I am hoping to get to see him today, regardless of whether or not he is coherent or recognizes me. It’s good to lend moral support to those who are watching the battle and are not able to help. Hopefully time will be on my side and I will be able to get there before I have to leave.

A dreary day all day yesterday…some freezing rain to start didn’t bode well, but it turned to just rain and of course, as soon as it started to get dark, the sun looked like it wanted to make an appearance and the rain stopped.

It was a crazy active morning in my yard as far as birds go…I don’t remember ever seeing so many juncos in one spot…we had a great variety and then….all of a sudden, I see this bird on the ground and from a distance, I was thinking….could this be? Is my wish from the day before going to come true? I ran and got my camera and sure enough, there he was! A fox sparrow!

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So what’s the big deal? Well, the day previous, there had been a lot of people in the NSBS posting pics of these guys, most of them saying that they had never seen them before. I had jokingly made a comment about sending one my way, that I would love to see one…and dear heavens, there he was! It was really cool! I think he’s a very pretty little sparrow. Today, my goal is to see if he comes back and then try to get pics of him without the glass between the bird and the lens.

We also had a starling in one of the birdhouses checking it out. As I watched, she threw some nesting material we had put in there from last season, out on the ground. I wonder if this is the one that we rescued from the fireplace and now she likes us and is moving in?

Not long after, I also saw a chickadee checking the same house out…I hope the starling wasn’t trying to ruin the chickadees efforts at building a home there…there ARE two other houses that can be chosen from. So, it looks good for nesting birds in the yard this year…can’t wait!

All in all, a great day and time well spent with loved ones. Counting down now until I leave yet again…everyone says it will go by fast…I really hope so, but at the same time, I don’t want to wish my life away either.

That’s it for today

soldiermomma signing off

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