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Good Ole Mother Nature


You’ve seen pictures of my woodshed before, but take a closer look at the wood. It is dotted with birds, most of them Oregon juncos and pine siskins all trying to find shelter and food to keep enough warmth in their little bodies to survive until the fury of the storm has passed.

The rain lashed out in torrents and blew into all shelters sideways. The feeder is blurry, in constant motion, blown by the howling wind. The Captain and I made up a hanging cage for yet another suet block and moved two birdfeeders farther into the woodshed under cover. As we worked in that screaming wind we noticed more than one tiny bedraggled siskin huddling under pieces of firewood, feathers soaked, desperate to get out of the piercing wind that slapped icy water onto their wee little bodies. I could have cried. But we did what we could and had to let “good ole Mother Nature” do what she does best – kill off the weak. Survival of the fittest is hard to watch sometimes.

I took two quick videos of the storm from the deck of our house. In the onslaught of the wind and rain, I kept pressing the wrong button to stop the video and as I lowered the camera I caught an ugly picture of my slippers and an empty flowerpot. Not Academy Award film quality, but you’ll get an idea of the force of the storm. What you won’t see are some of the gusts that were way more violent than what I captured here.

If you turn on the sound, you’ll hear only the music of nature.

Today the birdfeeders are empty again. I’m refilling them a lot but if it will help some birds survive, I will keep on filling them as often as needed.

These little birds make me happy all year, so I want to do what I can to help them out when they need it.

No poem today. I’m too unhappy about watching them suffering yesterday.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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44 thoughts on “Good Ole Mother Nature

  1. Wow Anneli, that’s some wild weather indeed. It’s beautiful in its own way too. I clicked the woodshed photo, there are so many little cuties on the wood! It’s so wonderful that you guys keep the feeder topped off for them. Stay warm. ❤️🇨🇦

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  2. Poor little fellas. I’m happy you’re taking care of them, Anneli. I’m dealing with another force…raccoons. I need to rig the suet feeders for the night. Last night, one of the feeders was removed from the tree, where I thought it was secure, and drug clear across the property! They are so crafty!

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  3. That is a photograph of kindness! Thank YOU Anneli and Gary for your woodshed’s safe housing and feed, for the birds we enjoy, always.

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  4. I love your woodshed photo. How nice for them to find a safe haven. If your bird feeder is swinging around so much that seed is falling out of it, try straightening out a coat hanger and attaching it to keep the feeder still. I’ve done that with the hummingbird feeders in my yard. That wind and rain was horrific yesterday, and today we still have a little breeze but sunshine peeking through. It must be close to the same at your place. 🙂

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    • I counted at least 42 birds in that picture, but you’d have to click on it to enlarge it if you wanted to count birds. I was surprised that there were so many. That piece of cedar siding that is falling down from the top of the wood pile eventually fell to the ground with a gust of wind and a whole bunch of birds flew up in fright. It was a terrifying day for them. I’m not sure how you mean the coat hanger trip to work, but meanwhile I’m going to hope it doesn’t get this windy again until next year.


  5. It is so good for the birds to have some good shelter in your woodshed. I hope your weather gets better so the birds and you too get a break. The video was telling it all.

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  6. What gray stormy weather. Thank you for taking care of the little creatures around you, Anneli. ❤

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  7. I was glad you alerted us to the birds in the wood shed, or I wouldn’t have noticed them, Anneli. I heard myself whimper, “Aww” when I recognized juncos dotted all over the wood pile. Then the videos showed the rage of the windy storm, and your words capped it off. So nice that you have multiple feeders and keep filling them. Yikes, what a blustery storm.

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    • They are so tiny in the woodwork. I hadn’t seen them myself when I first loaded the pics onto my laptop. I was surprised how many there were. I wish I could have brought them all into the house with me. It was one wicked storm.

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  8. Whoa. Nasty weather. Poor little birdies. We don’t have anyplace under cover for our feeder. Glad some of them can get shelter and food by you.

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  9. There has been a problem of Pine Siskins dying here due to Salmonella outbreak. People are being advised to clean their feeders. Hope you don’t have that up there.

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  10. Aww, I agree with you. Nature can be very painful to watch sometimes. It’s so great that you have been giving them a helping hand. I’m sure many of these little ones will survive as a result.

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  11. What a wonderful picture of them huddling in your woodpile. I am heartened to see that.

    And thanks for the cameo mention of my book, Survival of the Fittest!

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  12. What a wild storm, so tough on wildlife. At least the wood shed provides some shelter and the feeders are well stocked.

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  13. What a storm! I’m like you – I worry about our front and backyard birds every day of winter. We fill the birdfeeder every day – the birds are so thankful. Really, I can tell! We have at least three cardinal families that visit every day – the red against the snow is incredible. And the woodpeckers and blue jays love the suet hanging over our back deck. The woodpeckers know us well enough now that even with my nose pressed against the deck door, only a few feet away, they nod slightly and keep on pecking. xo

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    • That is so wonderful, Pam. You have such exotic birds in your area. No wonder you have to fill your feeders every day with such big birds. They can sure chow down a lot of food! Great to hear that you are taking care of them in these harsh times.

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  14. Wow! That was quite a fierce storm. Poor baby bird…

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  15. Those little birdies instinctively knew where to shelter, they knew that a kind lady would reach out to them. They are so lucky to have you, Anneli. You have shown a great lesson on taking care of our neighbors. ❤

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  16. Oh, poor things. Rough weather is so hard on them. We had the opposite here last year when a severe spring drought drove the earthworms underground and everything that depends on them was struggling to survive. I’ve never seen badgers get that thin before.

    Keep safe and dry! I hope you haven’t had any power cuts.

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    • Only one power outage so far, but the bad weather continues. Interesting point about the earthworms. We were jut talking about that the other day how the birds (seagulls, ducks, and others) get extra earthworms for food in this wet weather, but the small birds suffer from the strong winds and wet temperatures. Still, snow is even worse for many. Let’s just agree that a normal spring and summer is easier to take. Extreme weather of any kind is so hard on animals.

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  17. Nature can sometimes resemble a wild beast! I can tolerate winter as long as the wind plays nicely.

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