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Tuna Melt For My Lunch and Thistle Seed for the Goldfinch

 

Picked up Laura for lunch at the Brown Bag Deli in German Village, Columbus OH.

We had a glass bottle of 1/2 Tea 1/2 Lemonade, some Cape Cod Kettle Chips and a dill pickle on the side.

 

Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt reminds me of my friend Joanne and also my childhood.  As I remember they were on an English Muffin half then.

 

Mark has to keep filling the Goldfinch feeder as they flock in and love to eat the nyjer/ thistle seed.  It hangs in a birch tree in their backyard.

My mother’s parents, Charlotte and Judd Van Sickle,  were real bird watchers and kept a life list of all the birds they saw. Cousin John still has the list and maybe I can get him to guest blog it sometime.

I thought of my grandparents  as I watched the finches gather in to dine.  Only one brave finch stayed to eat as I crept around with my 70-200 lens and camera.  They were attuned to an intruder but this one stayed to eat anyway.

American Gold FinchSo my lunch and bird lunch on the blog today

Goldfinch 3My first shot as I approached the backyard feeder. The question is, how do the other finches know to come to this particular place to find the thistle seed?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

A hint, allusion, to something about to happen.  Foreshadow.  Sounds ominous.  Doesn’t have to be.

I remember studying foreshadowing in high school English class. A tough challenge to “nail” this week.

Hummingbird about to drink

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hummingbird Nectar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is he looking right at me?

Is he looking right at me?

Anna waiting to surprise Aunt Lala for her birthday

Anna waiting to surprise Aunt Lala for her birthday

 

 

 

 

Michael looking at the feast- getting ready to eat

Michael looking at the feast- getting ready to eat

 

 

 

SURPRISE Birthday Party

SURPRISE Birthday Party 8-3-2-13  About to blow out the candles

 

Where's the fork, Jack?

Where’s the fork, Jack?

 

About to jump

About to jump

 

Another birthday party- about to land on the inflatable

Another birthday party- about to land on the inflatable

 

 


Barred Owl – Niceville Florida- Guest Post

from my friend Shuey in Niceville,  Florida.  He emailed this photo to me and I asked if I he’d allow me to post it and he said yes!  I thought it was exceptionally cool to see an owl closeup.  The site he sent said  ” sometimes the Barred Owl sounds crazed”

Nice shot and thanks for guest blogging!

“This was my 3rd try at getting some pics of one of our neighbors – a  Barred Owl.  It’s half of a nesting pair who live in the woods behind our house and this one likes to rest in some trees next to our house in mid to late afternoon on nice days.  They can be heard in the mornings, about an hour before dawn hooting behind the house.  The first time I heard them I thought they were dogs and another time I heard a commotion and think it may have gotten a small cat . . . hopefully not someone’s pet.

It was very tolerant today and let me move around below him for quite a while before moving off to another nearby tree.  This is their nesting season and hopefully I’ll be able to see some young owls in early April.

If you want to hear one, go to this site, and scroll down to the Barred Owl, then click  on the arrow in the center of the video picture.
http://doloresmonet.hubpages.com/hub/OwlsoftheUS-AWhosWhoofOwlsOwlCallsIdentificationandCulturalSigificance


A Cooper’s Hawk and the Five Lasagnas

Usually you see a Cardinal or Blue Jay or Sparrow but not with him around!!!

Oh why didn’t I bring the 70-200 lens this weekend?  And even if I had, who could have switched it if it were in the camera bag and not on the camera body? Looked out the window to see how the weather was and what a surprise!  This hawk was sitting out on top of the swingset and as I slid the glass door open, trying to be so quiet, I was sure he would fly away.  I got two shots off and his head moved and he flapped twice and was gone in a flash.  Looked up Ohio hawks online and this one seems to be an immature Cooper’s Hawk.  He was definitely looking for breakfast.  He heard the shutter on the camera, turned his head and was gone.

And that was the planned post for Monday, already set up to go.

Then I get a comment from Joanne in Nebraska (Sunday’s Hot Air Balloons) and a special request for the five lasagnas pic so here they are and a link to the Butternut Squash Lasagna recipe by Giada Di Laurentis, 3rd from the left. We omitted the nutmeg from the Butternut Squash recipe- why?  we didn’t have any.   Aunt Mary cooked all five with some assembly assistance by Anna and Michael.  The lasagnas were accompanied by Garlic Bread and salad and fresh fruit.  Here is the ground sausage and meat recipe- omitted the sugar and the fennel seeds from this recipe.  The four veg lasagnas were the most popular! Anna wrote labels for each one.  Many guests tried a sampler of a few of them.  Butternut Squash was a favorite.

Spinach, Four Cheese, Butternut Squash, Ground Sausage and Beef, and Roast Eggplant & Zucchini Lasagna


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