Sunday, December 25, 2005


Originally uploaded by PhoebeJ.
What is it about cats and boxes? I took the last of the bottles of seltzer out of this cardboard container and put it on the floor. It wasn't a whole minute before Nicholas sat himself in it and claimed it as his own. Perhaps it's the texture or just a chance to have some insulation between himself and the kitchen tiles. Or perhaps it is all about feng shui.

Go here to learn all about the art of box placement for cats. An excellent explanation of feng shui for cats.

Nicholas had a good Christmas/Chanukah. Although he himself is an animist, he approves of all celebrations that involve the receipt of gifts. He made out pretty well with four shopping bags of home-grown catnip, some treats, a couple of nifty toys and a lot of scratches behind the ear and under the chin.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005


Wren and Downy II
Originally uploaded by PhoebeJ.
I hadn't been to Kent in two weeks and was glad to go there and refill the feeders. There was a threat of a nor'easter (which turned out to be a flop, at least in the Litchfield Hills) and the birds were stoking up.

I was excited to see the Carolina wren, back again from my last visit. We don't often get Carolina wrens in this part of the world, at least not in winter. The insect suet seemed to be the popular item for this little bird.

The photo was taken through the back door so there is glass between the camera and the birds. And, because it was overcast, the flash went off but didn't glare on the glass much. As a bonus the downy woodpecker is in the shot too on the Woodpecker log suet feeder, one of my two favorite feeders. (The Mobi Mesh Thistle Feeder is the other.)

Other birds seen:

American Crow
American Goldfinch
American Tree Sparrow
White-Throated Sparrow
Dark-Eyed Junco
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-Bellied Woodpecker (not much seen lately)
Mourning Dove
Tufted Titmouse
White-Breasted Nuthatch
Black-Capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal
Northern Towhee (not a common visitor)
Common Grackle
Blue Jay
House Finch

Saw some Pine Siskins a few weeks ago, but they have been absent since. Looking for those irruptive finches--siskin, common redpoll, etc.