Starting the Year off Right

As I sat drinking my coffee in the early hours of a brand new year, I jotted down ten things that I wanted to do more of in 2018, and of course, taking more pictures made the list.

So, as soon as it was light enough, I bundled up, filled the feeders, and took my camera out to the deck.

This Mockingbird was the first to arrive…

…flitting from feeder to feeder, helping himself to the fresh supply of food.

 Butter-butts (aka Yellow-rumped Warblers) darted here and there, too busy patrolling to do much partaking.

A White-breasted Nuthatch and a male Cardinal dropped in for a peanut…

…while a Blue Jay eyed me from the tree branch.

My Blue Jays (as of late) have been uncharacteristically reluctant to come to the feeders while I am outside, but this fellow decided the reward outweighed the risk and was soon packing away the peanuts with gusto.

With the temperature below freezing, a sweet Chickadee was grateful for the heated water dish…

…while others braved the icy water in the backyard fountain.

Several Pine Warblers of differing personalities popped in…

…as well as a Red-bellied Woodpecker, who made trip after trip to the Bark Butter Branch.

So here’s to a new year filled with the blessing of much beauty; mine is certainly off to a great start!

About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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14 Responses to Starting the Year off Right

  1. Sheila Johnston says:

    Your pictures are certainly a wonderful way to start the New Year. Thank you.

  2. Jodi says:

    so beautiful! So glad photographing your backyard birds made the top ten. Now…. what are the other nine? 🙂

  3. DailyMusings says:

    Your captures are breathtaking! Thank you for sharing them!!

  4. 1nmbirder says:

    Wonderful photos! I perfect start for the new year!

  5. jmnowak says:

    A heated water bath…hey, I’d be joining them too! 🤗 That woodpecker looks very at-home there. Happy 2018 Kathy!

  6. Jill Kuhn says:

    An amazing line-up today! I hope we will see a photo of Tucker too, soon! ❤️

  7. Ann Fitzpatrick says:

    Happy New Year Kathy! Thanks for sharing!

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