Even before we went to the tree farm back in mid-December, and before the ground froze, H.H. drove a metal stake into the lawn. He located it where it could be seen from the French windows in the garden room. He would plant the used Christmas tree on this stake when the holidays were over. This season we chose a fine Douglas Fir that perfectly fit our small den.
|Old Homstead Tree Farm has lots of trees to choose from.|
|Our Douglas Fir was shaken in a machine and bound with string,|
|H.H. carried it to the truck.|
|The Perfect Christmas Tree|
|Ready to be decorated with treats for the birds|
|Bluebirds visit the heated water dish every day.|
|Male Eastern Cardinal.|
|Female Downy Woodpecker|
|Bird-seed and peanut-butter cones.|
|Peanuts for the birds. But will the squirrels get them first?|
Then I went indoors, camera at the ready, waiting for the birds. I was not a bit surprised when the squirrels found the treats first. They pulled some of the goodies down to the ground. Several birds preferred to eat from ground level rather than land on the branches of the tree.
|Can you see Pesky Squirrel peering through the branches?|
|He soon pulls some cones off the tree!|
|The Junco enjoys eating seeds from a fallen cone.|
|Look closely and you can see a titmouse on the peanut garland.|
|I missed a great shot of this cardinal on the branch of the tree. (You'll have to take my word for it.)|
|The bluebird was not so sure and stayed in the catalpa tree.|
I will use this post for Saturday's Camera Critters hosted by Misty Dawn. Click on the banner in the sidebar for more information - I urge you to join in the fun! For me there is only one answer to the Camera Critter's question, If you could do anything for a living, what would it be? - I just want to continue enjoying being retired!!
(I am posting late for last week's meme rather than waiting until the 22nd, because on Friday I am going back into the cardiac unit of the hospital for heart ablation. I request, dear friends, you keep me in your prayers.)
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