Sunday, April 20, 2008

Whole Lotta Meltin' Going On



Finally, it is beginning to melt. I won't say more than that for fear of jinxing it all. As you can see yesterday there was mud, lots of mud. Everyone tromped mud into the house. Even the fish tank managed to get mud on it.



We were able to sit outside comfortably in the sun.



Vivi played all over the place. She relished the chance to be outside without a coat and hat and mittens. She even occasionally walked on the snow with no boots on to track down Henry. This resulted in many fine faces.







Our afternoon gave us seven species in the yard. We really enjoyed watching the Redpolls jockey and squabble. The Black-Capped Chickadees chased each other around. The Magpies came in for an occasional visit. There were Ravens way up talking and playing in thermals. The Boreal Chickadees and the Grey Jays competed for suet. It was a raucous and noisy yard. However, at one point it went absolutely still as two Bald Eagles silently glided over head, about twenty feet above. Even Mad Squirrel quit yapping.









10 comments:

Mel said...

Suuuuuuuuuun!!! Yippieeeee!!! :D

mon@rch said...

About time the weather starts melting up in your side of the world! But it is even better you are able to enjoy the outdoors with your heat wave!

egretsnest said...

The mud is a hard price to pay for the thaw but worth it, don't you think? Is that last pic a Gray Jay? So cute!

Trixie said...

That is a Grey Jay. They are fun and smart. There are fewer of them than the Magpies.

And mud will be everywhere for a while. Oh well, the snow will be gone. YIPPY!

RuthieJ said...

I think mud is the worst thing about spring too (because I never trained my dogs to wipe their own feet!)
I'm glad you're finally getting spring (and I see by your weather box that your sun doesn't set till after 9:30! that would be great)

Trixie said...

Ruthie -- you are so observant. That is the BEST thing about spring. We get so much daylight. It makes it hard to come inside.

Meggie said...

So happy to know that you are finally getting a break from the snow. Doesn't sunshine do lots for one's disposition? I agree with Ruthie...if we could only train our critters to wipe their paws....

Mary said...

Trixie, that one photo of Vivi sitting in the snow near her boots explains why you live in Alaska. The background in that photo is gorgeous! I'm so glad you feel springy now. Dealing with muddy feet and paws ain't no fun, I know. What a welcome relief!

Dave said...

No pix's of Mad Squirrel? Enjoy the melting season.

nina said...

Yay for the melt--