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February 18, 2014

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Elaine, the jay is perched on a Decorative Branch that is an accessory to the WBU Advanced Pole System. It can be bought on WBU's online store at http://shop.wbu.com/?os=354
Barbara, Ellen, and Joyce, thanks for your nice comments!

Barbara

What a beautiful reminder that Spring is indeed around the corner and that we have passed the long nights and can expect more fun with our backyard birds... thanks Nancy!

Ellen

Nicely written post, Nancy. The birds are on their own internal clocks.

Elaine Snow

What is it that the Jay is perched on?

Elaine Snow

The Red-winged Blackbirds are with us now in Alabama - or they were during our snow last week. We had fun looking up why some of them had only part of the red and yellow on their wings. Our Hummingbirds will come in during early April; I continue a chart on them that my parents began 20 years ago. We keep records of their cominghs and goings here in Birmingham and in our mountain home two hours to the north (almost Tennessee and Georgia). The big indicator of Spring to me is when the Robins are out in force picking around in the yards and gardens. They use to sit on the fences literally two feet from us as we turned the garden soil in early Spring. Thank you for your blog; I soooo enjoy it.

Joyce Conley

Thanks, Nancy, I needed to read something like that on this dreary, snowy day! It picked up my spirits - :)

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