April 6th, 2007 | Uncategorized

feeding birds

It’s still the dead of winter here in Vermont. But man, I’m so grateful to be at home with my birds instead of flying around the country in a virus-ridden airplane. Here’s a little movie I made this afternoon. First, juncos. Then chickadees. Then a hairy woodpecker having a vigorous bath.

18 Responses to “birds”

  1. Virginia Burton says:

    What a delightful little movie! It’s made my evening.

  2. Pam I says:

    It seems weird that you’re still in the thick of winter and I’ve just spent the day in 20 degrees of spring, despite being further north. I wish I could put up bird tables but there are too many cats here. So we make do with the blackbird doing his boy thing safe at the top of the neighbour’s apple tree.

  3. *tania says:

    when i saw the thumbnail image, i imagined for a moment that you’d taken up maple sugaring in all your spare time. my perceptions of vermont become more and more distorted the longer i am away…

  4. susank says:

    so nice, so quiet, quiet, quiet….
    thanks for sharing those snowy bird scenes.

  5. Anonymous says:

    me, I’ve got dozens and dozens of crocuses coming up through the snow and buds on some daffodils.

    and cardinals and a couple of woodpeckers and all the usual suspects crowding round the feeder. 🙂

  6. shadocat says:

    thank you for the birds…you have an embarrassment of riches, Alison

  7. Josiah says:

    Tuppence a bag.

  8. Deb says:

    Good one Josiah! Ahhhhhhhh the snow! We rarely see it in Oregon.

  9. sunicarus says:

    So peaceful. Almost hypnotic. Thank you, Alison!

  10. Deena in OR says:

    Deb…maybe not in Eugene! My hometown gets its share-in fact, we had a few flakes a couple of weeks ago. But then, yesterday when Alison posted her video, it was 80 degrees here.

  11. C.C. says:

    What lovely birds, I love birds in the snow.

  12. Jain says:

    What happened to the clustermap? Us 7th grade world geography teachers used to trance out on it, dreamily identifying global centers of DTWOF blog hits and imagining the lives of our fellow fans far away. Now it’s just NY, LA, and Paris? Huh?

  13. Niki says:

    Thanks for the bird show! I’m in China now and miss my juncos and chickadees. Not to mention snow or a real winter!! Spring is in full swing here, no crocuses, but cherry blossoms and magnolias.

  14. Samia says:

    Jain, THANK YOU for bring up the state of the clustermap. It’s has been bare for weeks and I’ve been wondering what’s going on with it.

    I too love looking at the clustermap and musing at the multiple regions and varied spaces that the DTWOF blog lives in. As a person whose only connection to the queer community is this blog and the memories from my time in the US, being able to imagine DTWOF members in other tangential spaces sustains me. Those red dots representing Bangladesh makes me feel as though my fragmented life is being acknowledged and validated.

  15. Aunt Soozie says:

    lil gator,
    thanks for sharing the cake ideas…
    what a creative family you have!
    the filled rats, how utterly fun and totally disgusting!

    I’m sorry that I can’t remember your screen name but to the person who said how much they loved this blog and it’s format and added that he or she almost,
    “shot organic cranberry juice out of my nose”…

    I mean, c’mon, where else could you read that?
    Really. I adore this blog too with all of it’s discussions, rants, silliness, grammar/spelling checks, language lust and it’s deep, serious, thorough, and mindful debates about the lives of Alison’s drawings and such fabulous little tidbits and Maoist Cake Recipes and confessions of organic juice shootings. Of course, it’s Alison who created and sets the tone I believe. My sister art school alumna, Meg, says that Alison is very smart and truly kind. Those are two attributes that I really like in a friend, insist on in a luhvah and enjoy in the author that my chubby self idolizes.

  16. little gator says:

    I hate to sound pedantic but I think that was a hairy woodpecker. Hairies and downies almost identical, but hairies are a tiny big larger-not always enough to tell though. A hairy has a a bill almost twice as a downy’s, and downies are much more numerous.

    Form the bill alone checking against my Roger Tory Peterson,
    it sure looks like a downy.

    And thanks to all who said nice things about our cakes.

    I’ve never put a child into my cake, but my cake has been put into children. A 13 year old once volunteered to be my human sacrifice for Halloween, but we won’t do unless I get a fog machine. I though ketchup and screaming should be enough.

  17. little gator says:

    ps: the woodpecker is female(males have red on the backs og their heads) and has a puffy belly that looks like she might be eggnant. It’s about the right time for it.

    I heart chickadees.

    Just found crocii, squill, and grape hyacinth blooming or budding in my yard. Daffodils soon, lots of shoots but no flower buds. And of course the skunk cabbage is up in thr swamp behind the house.

  18. Josiah says:

    Speaking of the Maoist Orange Cake, we had Trotskyist Key Lime Pie for dessert this Easter. Ask Meghan for the recipie.