Late April Reflections – 2022

a cold gray day

not quite spring

feeding birds and

hearing them sing


bird april 27 2022

A Common Redpoll Resting


grateful for the gifts

life brings

chi miigwetch


birds april 29 2022 

The Bird Bush – a White Lilac that hopefully survived the winter

24 thoughts on “Late April Reflections – 2022

    1. They are amazing little birds and not easy to photograph. They’re so active and fast! This one seemed to be posing outside the window making me I wish I had cleaned it before winter because it’s been too cold to do it yet this not-yet-spring season.

      I’m not very good at identifying birds – I had to look this one up. There are many various types of finches including redpolls and a few goldfinches, juncos, and some chickadees. I wish I knew more and could identify them by songs. I heard some absolutely lovely songs this morning. There are also redwing blackbirds and grackles that cover the ground under the feeders because they’re too big to fit on the perches, and of course a gray and red squirrel hang out underneath as well.

      There are so many of them this year, it worries me. Some days I have to refill the feeders several times. I hope spring comes soon here so they’ll be able to find other food sources.

      Thank you for your delightful comments, UM, and for your blessings for the white lilac. Perhaps the loving caress of little feet will help her awaken when warmth finally arrives. 💜

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    1. Ah, Ros, such lovely observations! Thank you so much for sharing your insights and wise words. The leaves have had a chance to appear during the time it’s taken me to send a reply. (Semesters’ ends are always too busy.) Sending my best wishes, dear friend. 💜


  1. We’ve had Robins nesting in the Lilac in front of living room window a few years back. This year, it appears that a pair of Cardinals may be nest building in a nearby old-fashioned Rose Bush. Oh, the wonders of nature abound and we are blessed again and again. ❤ Have a blessed and beautiful week, Carol!

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    1. It’s so delightful to hear from you, Georgina, and take time to visit your lovely blog! This is the first year I have noticed the red polls. They were so numerous and brave. They didn’t seem to mind my presence. A few fed only inches away from my boots. Most have gone now, headed to the north for the summer. Sending my best wishes to you on the other side of the pond. 💜

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  2. Ooh, you’ve got all those redpolls! Are they migrating through? I’ve only ever seen one on my feeder during winter – totally out of place, nobody knew why it was here in Virginia when it is supposed to be way up North…

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    1. Hearing from you is always a gift, Annette. Thank you for sharing your sighting of a red poll. The are such amazing birds – fast and sometimes fearless. Most of them have headed north, leaving the feeders to the few finches who are brave enough to come despite the redwing blackbirds and grackles that now police the territory they’ve claimed.


    1. Pam, it’s always lovely to hear from you. I agree – songbirds are the best, but now there are the grackles and redwing blackbirds, and a few brave finches that brave the bully birds. But that’s life, isn’t it? Ever changing in ways we can’t control. Wishing you a wonderful spring. 💜

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