This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

blue jays fluffed up in the cold

blue jay with berry
blue jay in the bush blue jay in the garden

It is COLD today. BBRrrrr. The birds are huddling in the bushes next to the house all puffed up and fluffy.

I just remembered to put the heater in the little fish pond out back. Just in time as the surface has almost frozen over. Last year I lost my koi because I waited too long. Its 18*F and windy this afternoon.



Blogger Dan said...

Great photos! I took a similar one of a Jay with a peanut last winter. I looked for it on flickr but they are holding it hostage, would appear they want membership money....

December 17, 2009 3:32 PM

Blogger Kalena Michele said...

Beautiful bird pics! I used to see Jays all the time down here, but not so much lately. Maybe it's because my life sped up and I missed them.

December 17, 2009 6:19 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes, that busy life will do it. Its been happening to me too.

December 18, 2009 12:20 AM

Blogger hip chick said...

Great pictures of the blue jays. They always look so bright and pretty in the winter.
It's pretty darn cold down here on the seacoast too. We woke up to about 8 degrees yesterday morning and that was before the wind!
I wish I could be the nice techy person for you...but

December 18, 2009 6:09 AM

Blogger Jain said...

Great Jay pictures, what beautiful shades of blue!

Did you happen to see Marzipan Bo?

December 18, 2009 9:28 PM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

My neighbor has some sort of thing that moves in his koi pond to keep the water open. I don't think it has a heater in it, although I may be wrong. Is maybe your koi pond shallow?

December 20, 2009 3:30 PM

Blogger kathy said...

The pond is deep - 5 feet, but small, about 8 feet diameter. We have a good pump in it to keep the water circulating. But we find that the surface will freeze over anyway at less than 20*F, especially if we get a deep snow and cold weather.

December 20, 2009 4:10 PM

Blogger Janet Glaser said...

We head south for the winter. This was the first year we enjoyed a beautiful pond this summer, but we knew the fish would freeze if we left them. We casually mentioned to our soft-hearted daughter we might have to flush them if noone could care for them. She, of course, volunteered to watch them for us and they are all doing fine...the fish and my their house. I hope they will thrive in the pond this spring...they may be spoiled by our grandsons.

December 29, 2009 2:18 PM


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