Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Eve

Took some friends out Snowy Owl huntin' today, and just as we were ready to give up.... Waaaaay out in the cornfield there he was- sitting on the pivot on some irrigation equipment. Everyone was able to see him easily with the binoculars, and some other folks viewing let us take a look in their scope. Pretty neat way to end 2011!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Green Machine

I had the kennels out of the Green Machine while I was hauling some furniture around, and I just haven't gotten around to putting them back in yet. The boys thought it was very fun to sit and look out after one of our big hikes!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Got The Shot

Finally got a respectable shot of the Snowy owl (from my car!) I posted his whereabouts on the Nebraska Bird list, and a lady thanked me for the directions. She had been waiting 30 years to see this bird. It's a rare sight this far south! Here is more about this awesome bird: Cornell's Page About Snowy Owls

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Snowy Owl at Night

Not the best photo op, but a Snowy Owl nonetheless! Hoping he is still hanging out in the same area in the daylight, THAT will make for a better photo!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

I had a real treat when I was able to see a Snowy Owl for the first time ever! It was so far away and we had to use spotting scopes to really get a good view, but I was able to see him pretty well, and he practically flew in front of my car. I hope to see more this winter. I will be spending Christmas with family and friends, and the weather is awesome, so I am sure I will be getting outside as well! Health and Happiness!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cows in the Corn

No white Christmas for us, but that is not really a bad thing!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


This is Cooper... he was one of our foster dogs, and now he lives the life of luxury in Kansas! I was able to see him this past weekend when I was in Missouri visiting Squaw Creek National Wildlife refuge. He has lots of land to run and explore, and he is pretty much spoiled. We wouldn't want it any other way.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011


This little Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (juvenile) has been hanging around. Now, these guys migrate and get the heck outta cold Nebraska for the winter. Not sure if he is lost, a little slow, or just enjoying the bird buffet that I provide. So, I've nicknamed him "Chilly" and I am keeping high energy/fat foods for him so he can stay warm. He will be a very handsome bird when he gets his adult plumage, I'd love to have him stay around my place!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Times Square

One of my favorite places in NYC. I could sit there for hours and watch the screens and the people. Open 24 hours!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Spirit

Nothing will get you into the holiday mood better than heading to NYC during the holiday season! Had a nice, long weekend in NYC and took in the holiday sights.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011

Catching Snow

Caught this little girl on the playground having a snowy good time!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Momma Cardinal

Cardinals are one of the only brightly colored birds that hang around for the winter and stand out in the bleak landscape. I love both the males and females.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Frosty Frisbee

The cold and snow are not keeping us down...... too much. Today we'll be able to get in a hike since the high is a balmy 32F degrees! The dogs are sure loving the snow!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Staying Warm

It's COLD here now. Like, un-fun cold. The birds have been chowing like crazy, and this poor dove has been huddling under bushes trying to stay warm. I did provide a heated birdbath for non-freezing drinks!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Snowy Morning Waxwing

It's sleeting and snowing this morning, and the birds are running around with berries and nuts like old people at a Saturday morning garage sale! They know a snow is coming and they are stocking up at the buffet. Here is a Cedar Waxwing enjoying the berries from my Bradford Pear. (which is super messy, so please hurry up and strip it clean!)