The backyard playground of Nurse Rudee
Usually, I sit in one of two spots to knit. Either I sit in the living room next to a table and lamp, or in the family room with a big window behind me and an overhead light to make knitting easier. Of late, Duke has taken over the big sofa in the family room. I've since moved my family room perch to the opposite love seat. The lighting isn't great on this side of the room but, sitting here has led to a new outlook on things when the blinds are open.
There is some serious wildlife monkey business going on in my backyard and no, Mr. Snowblowing Farmer has not been seen. I'm talking real creatures. Squirrels, blue jays and birds of prey have all been investigating what is going on in one of the nests in a tree I face when looking out. The critters were especially active last Friday during a short snowstorm. One particularly large beast of a bird landed, looked around and snooped in the nest. The other birds and critters scattered when this huge bird showed up. Maybe this tree is the local bird dope den-the final death knell of the neighborhood. I grabbed my camera but as soon as beastie bird saw movement, it took off. It was like he had eyes in the back of his head.
Being a city girl, I'm not quite sure what it was that I saw. The bird was huge and mostly white. I've searched winter birds of Michigan and here is what I'm pretty certain I saw:
You know, at first I was annoyed a bit that Duke stole my perch. I'm not minding it so much these days and I'm keeping the camera a smidge closer. You know, snuggled in wool and looking out on the wintry weather doesn't seem so bad right now. Especially when I get to watch such seasonal eye candy.