I believe the weather forecasters’ predictions for an icy mix tomorrow morning. It was the grayest of days and very cold. This evening it became quiet and calm like it usually does before a storm. This afternoon I had a case of cabin fever at the office so I switched my shoes and headed out. Totally unprepared for the low-thirties, without gloves or even a lining in my trench coat, my walk was brisk. All the while I wondered what made me do this. Perhaps a little voice told me there was a Cooper’s hawk wanting to be photographed. By the time I caught sight of the bird, my feet were numb and I was unable to run, so I zoomed in the best my camera would allow.
The pine trees and evergreens are the tallest around and I noticed several very tiny birds scattering high in the treetops. My photos are at an angle where I’m always under them and far below. I like shorter trees! This is not a good photo and I can’t identify this bird but I am sure it can’t be more than three and a half inches long and it fluttered faster than any other bird I have tried to photograph. Maybe if it weren’t so cold, I would have waited for more opportunities.
A Carolina Chickadee hesitated for more than two seconds while I found it carrying out its antics and acrobatics. I can see that I need a different feeder to attract this bird to my backyard. Do these birds have an attention deficit disorder? It seems like it… When the time came that I couldn’t feel my hands or feet anymore and my nose ran like an open faucet, I quit and headed back to my office.
American Idol Addendum
Minneapolis showed the best of the worst last night. Here are my two favorite miserable auditions from last night:
This girl did an imitation/song of the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz .
FIE, WERE KING...NG...NG……, OF THE FORRE-E-E-E-EST? MMMGGGrrrrrrrrrMMMMPFFFFFFF!
This one was over-confident of her singing skills and image. Simon's eyes nearly exploded from their sockets. Let's hope for some real talent to walk across that stage in the next few weeks!