Sunday, March 1, 2009

Pussy Willow Shouts Spring

There are willow pussies
Clad in furry goods,
And a robin singing
In the maple woods.
There's a springing crocus,
And a budding larch,
Who'd ever think the Springtime
Came along in March.
Author Unknown


My best friend Barb, several years ago, bought both of us
a 'Pussy Willow'. Mine grew to be quite a large tall
tree while hers remained small growing only a few feet. Every
year in February I get excited to see the tiny little pussies
become furry and sprout out of the tan-grey wood.


I hang little buckets in the tree and fill them with sunflower seeds
The Cardinals are the first to come..
Mrs. C is perched above a bucket which you can't see, but
she is giving it the 'eye'. click for a closer look

Pretty Pretty Pretty perched among the pads of the
furry pussy willows


I dont know why but the pads of my willow look pink.. do all
look pink or just mine?


The pretty blue feathers of Mr. Blue adds color

More signs of Spring.

On one of my travels last week I caught a glimpse of
a Red Winged Blackbird... It was a dark rainy day but
he was singing loud and strong announcing that
Spring Cometh!

He was perched on a nesting box at a local bog



Around the yard Mrs. Downy looked so cute watching
me through the window
The Mocking-grape snatcher was getting some lift
by standing on an orange


And this little cutie Titmouse surprised me by giving the grapes
a once over and then.....


snagging one on the end of his cute little beak!


The Mockingbird looks so different when perched in a bush
and he says "Spring is Coming!" soon.

To God be the Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

19 comments:

CountryDreaming said...

That pussy willow is beautiful, growing from the twigs like soft velveteen jewels. I also enjoy the shots of the Red-winged Blackbird whose presence announces spring, the Downy Woodpecker watching you, the Tufted Titmouse with the grape-sized mouthful, and the Mockingbird on the orange stepstool.

Bird Girl said...

It's snowing pussywillows!!! That looks so cool to see the birds in among the soft fur! I LOVE them and am really quite jealous that my pussy willow turned out to be a DUD!!! Haha...but I'm glad yours is gigantic!
Those crazy fruit eating, spoiled birds of yours are having a ball! Makes for lots of fun pictures!

My Budgies of the fictional town of Budgewoi said...

lovely willow and the bird pix are fabulos!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Fantastic post.The signs of spring are encouraging.
Blessings,Ruth

Tina said...

I've always wanted to plant a pussy-willow tree but never did..I love their bursts of fur in the early spring..and you got some lovely shots of all those birds perched in your tree.
I absolutely love the pic. of the titmouse and that grape..lol..was it stuck on his bill?
I know Spring is out there but today as we sit here and watch it dump a foot of snow on us..my smile is :(!!

HANNIBAL said...

I'm with ya, Spring is almost here--The signs are everywhere!
Great pics! Great post!

Eve said...

I so enjoyed this post Jalynn. My pussywillows are still in bed!!
Love all the bird photos!

Connie said...

Fun reading the stories your photos tell.

Gail said...

What amazing photos you have. I do hope spring in here.

jalynn01 said...

Tina: I think that titmouse was eating the grapes cause he came back for more. go figure.

Shellmo said...

I'd love to make a bouquet w/ those pussy willows! Nice to see all those birdys that enjoy them! And I love seeing your birds eat the fruit - I wondered how that titmouse was able to get that grape down! LOL!

Marsha said...

I've always wanted a pussy willow. Yours looks wonderful and what a cheerful little bucket you used for the seeds. As usual I am jealous of the cardinals :-) You could show them everyday and I would never get bored.

Sandy said...

OOHHHHH love the grape snatcher photos. Beautiful job!

Abe said...

Wow. You have a large variety of birds in this post. I will post a collection tomorrow (Tuesday) on my birds blog.

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