What's outside of your picture window today?

Posted by John, Volunteer Mentor @johnbishop, Nov 25, 2020

As we get ready for the real winter to show up and COVID-19 still playing a major part in our lives I like to spend moments of my day de-stressing about what’s going on in the world today. All I have to do is look out the window and observe some of natures beautiful creatures, how they interact and ponder how small it makes my troubles seem. Sometimes I may even get the opportunity to take a photo or two. How about you? Anything going on outside of your window(s) that you want to share?

For those members that have the ability to size your photos before you upload them to the discussion, may I suggest using the following sizes:
– 500 x 335 pixels (landscape)
– 210 x 210 pixels (square)

@johnbishop

Southern Minnesota near Rochester. We like to think snow is not normal this time of year but Mother Nature loves to remind us she is still around 🙂

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@johnbishop Yep, John and lioness. you both are tough characters, and Ginger and Sue and all the other dear souls who love this weather and can enjoy it so well. Great for you….it's 80 today, 67 tonight, my feet are freezing! What would I do in MN or PA or Rochester? Find toe warmers like John got? Right? Bless you all! elizabeth

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@lioness

@ess77 I lived in Western Pa. outside of Pittsburgh

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@johnbishop Hi, John. Thanks from my bird families. I just ordered, from Chewy, some peanut suet and a couple of new feeders. I also found several kinds of wild bird seed w/chili peppers! Squirrels don't like the hot pepper…..is this true? I've never known this and got some for a couple of my feeders I want to fill for special birds. I also have a new hummingbird feeder from last year I've never hung. It's going out tomorrow, and with my flowers hanging around I may see some tiny hummers. Hope so….I don't mind feeding the squirrels as they are important in our area and are lots of fun to watch chase and 'play'. Important part of my outside my picture life, that's extremely important to my health. Thanks for your input. Blessings and enjoy life. elizabeth

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@ess77

@johnbishop Hi, John. Thanks from my bird families. I just ordered, from Chewy, some peanut suet and a couple of new feeders. I also found several kinds of wild bird seed w/chili peppers! Squirrels don't like the hot pepper…..is this true? I've never known this and got some for a couple of my feeders I want to fill for special birds. I also have a new hummingbird feeder from last year I've never hung. It's going out tomorrow, and with my flowers hanging around I may see some tiny hummers. Hope so….I don't mind feeding the squirrels as they are important in our area and are lots of fun to watch chase and 'play'. Important part of my outside my picture life, that's extremely important to my health. Thanks for your input. Blessings and enjoy life. elizabeth

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@ess77 Talk about squirrel 🐿️ my husband made a house bird feeder ,next day we looked out and something was inside the house yep a squirrel 🐿️ so he had to take the roof of boy that 🐿️ was happy to get out of there right to our woods he went.The hummers love to fight over the nectar fun to watch I had a swing for them it was fun seeing them on it

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@lioness, quite a squirrel story there, Lioness. Love it. They are fascinating to watch, hanging upside down by their toes, not feet, toes, as they allow their bodies to hang down to a feeding hole. Their growth rate determines if they can get the food or how long they can hang there to munch. What a picture. You must have a bunch with the woods nearby. Enjoy. I'll keep you posted and learn how to send a pic soon. blessings, elizabeth

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@ess77

@lioness, quite a squirrel story there, Lioness. Love it. They are fascinating to watch, hanging upside down by their toes, not feet, toes, as they allow their bodies to hang down to a feeding hole. Their growth rate determines if they can get the food or how long they can hang there to munch. What a picture. You must have a bunch with the woods nearby. Enjoy. I'll keep you posted and learn how to send a pic soon. blessings, elizabeth

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@ess77 Yes I have lots of stories we had 1/2 acre in woods behind our house

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@becsbuddy

Well, the picture out my window isn’t beautiful birds signaling coming spring. We’re back to winter, for today at least. This is the county park behind my house just after sunrise. We had about 18-20” of heavy snow. ☹️

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Becky- I am so jealous.

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@ess77

@johnbishop Hi, John. Thanks from my bird families. I just ordered, from Chewy, some peanut suet and a couple of new feeders. I also found several kinds of wild bird seed w/chili peppers! Squirrels don't like the hot pepper…..is this true? I've never known this and got some for a couple of my feeders I want to fill for special birds. I also have a new hummingbird feeder from last year I've never hung. It's going out tomorrow, and with my flowers hanging around I may see some tiny hummers. Hope so….I don't mind feeding the squirrels as they are important in our area and are lots of fun to watch chase and 'play'. Important part of my outside my picture life, that's extremely important to my health. Thanks for your input. Blessings and enjoy life. elizabeth

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@ess77 It will really be interesting to get your report on wild bird seed with chili peppers! We have squirrels around here, but I decided not to hang any bird feeders. There are lots of places for all the birds to feed. Feeders would draw the hawks and kestrels in for quick snackies of unaware small birds! We are inundated with robins, scrubjays, chickadees, thrush, mockingbirds, and woodpeckers right now.
Ginger

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Hey John this is outside my window Pacific Ocean beyond horizon You can barely see the bridge but that's the port of Long Beach where cargo ships come in

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@lioness

Hey John this is outside my window Pacific Ocean beyond horizon You can barely see the bridge but that's the port of Long Beach where cargo ships come in

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Nice view!! and definitely better than here.

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@johnbishop

Nice view!! and definitely better than here.

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@lioness I forgot to mention that I lived in Long Beach when I was in the Navy. We had an apartment above a garage that was a few blocks from downtown closest to the Navy base.

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@johnbishop That's cool in Los Alamitos there is a big base Navy,Air force also I think when the triathlon was there I volunteered base is hugh

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@gingerw

@ess77 It will really be interesting to get your report on wild bird seed with chili peppers! We have squirrels around here, but I decided not to hang any bird feeders. There are lots of places for all the birds to feed. Feeders would draw the hawks and kestrels in for quick snackies of unaware small birds! We are inundated with robins, scrubjays, chickadees, thrush, mockingbirds, and woodpeckers right now.
Ginger

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@gingerw Ginger, i'll let you know how the squirrels respond. I dont't want to harm or even make them unhappy, but I think a bit or control is in order……also, help keep it cleaner….Thankfully, the hunters above are more frequently a bit away and these birds can escape very well. I've had a couple of nests in a large live oak outside my front door that were raieded with quite a war, hoards of birds of all kinds running to the rescue.
Last year, Mr. Owl, a huge old owl living on our property since I have, posted on one of the limbs i this treel He was frozen. It was amazing to watch as this large, dark shadow sat motionless while multitudes of wild birds were flying around the tree, in and out of the limbs, for over an hour as I watched, I didn't see him leave, nor what if any damage was done and no evidence on the ground, so perhaps my birds won that battle.
It was quite a battle. I now have a little nest in my mailbox, on the wall beside my front door that's pretty active. Wonder why there? She may have abandoned the nest since the mailman did put some mail in when she was working…..we'll see…blessings, Ginger and enjoy your world! Feel well…elizabeth

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