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Monday, January 04, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all of you. We hope you have a wonderful year filled with beautiful experiences with birds. We had a nice vacation and we look forward to bringing you some great new things in 2010, including our new Stokes Field Guide To Birds Of North America. Here are a few photos and updates from the vacation to share with you.

Lillian in the Apple computer store with "Mac guys" Dave (left) and Josh (right) picking up my new computer, the Macbook Pro, 17" (which I love). The store experience rocked, very different from an ordinary store. Tons of helpful employees dressed in red, no lines or cash registers (employees have small wireless devices which take your crecit card)) and lots of computers, itouches, pods and phones on big, sleek tables to play with. My new "Mifi" internet connection got a "cool" from one of the guys at the "genius bar" (tech help area). I'm trying to stay as hi-tech as I can to bring you the latest in photography, video and social media. Speaking of video, here's a video of our Fox Sparrow (not many are in NH now) chowing down at our feeder.

Above is a still photo of the same bird.

We got lots of snow over the last several days and the Corgis loved it! Abby is in the lead, chased by Phoebe. Pembroke Welsh Corgis are herding dogs so ours play endless games of run, cut, herd, ambush and chase. People who don't know the breed say, "can they run on those short legs?".

They never hurt one another, even though heavier-boned Phoebe outweighs Abby by 9 lbs.

Happiness on Abby's face.

Then inside to warm up and watch the birds feeding on the deck. No barking allowed!

We have 48 acres all managed for birds and wildlife. The formal gardens around the house have their own beauty in the snow. Leave up birdhouses, birds use them as warm sleeping places at night.

The arborvitae provide structure, winter interest and sometimes the White-throated Sparrows hang out there.

We hang hummingbird feeders from the gazebo in summer. Hope they're enjoying their winter spots in Central and South America right now.

Photo of Don and Lillian © Peggy Howard


Kat said...

Glad to have found your site, and looking forward to a new year with you! Your photos are awesome.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Happy New Year to you.I enjoyed the video,that Fox Sparrow is sure loving the food.

Kelly said...

Happy New Years to you guys as well. My husband and I have been following your blog for quite some time now and have really been enjoying it. We are looking forward to your work in 2010.

LNMP298 said...

Your corgis are just adorable, and photogenic too!