A few days off during the Thanksgiving holiday afforded a couple of hours of bird watching in the side yard.
The dark-eyed juncos have been back for a couple of weeks.
The goldfinches have lost their summer yellow coloring. They flocked to the thistle feeder to fill up from the winter cold.
The hemlock tree was visited by many birds and others.
There were at least two red squirrels harvesting cones from the tree. Earlier in the week, I also saw evidence in the snow on the porch that one of the squirrels had inspected a package left on the porch by FedEx.
A male cardinal also perched in the hemlock tree. He cast a disapproving look when the photo session lasted longer than he thought it should.
A female cardinal also used the hemlock tree as a perch.
A downy woodpecker has been working over the suet.
Even before the snow fell, white breasted nuthatches were visiting the feeders.
While the feeders were busy, birds were still busy feeding on berries and other food in the woods.
Last week, a few cedar waxwings posed for photos.It was nice to see their yellow tails and the red of their waxwings.
Earlier in November, I had the chance to catch a raven playing catch in the air with some object. I was astonished at its aerial maneuvers.
Meanwhile, a clipper system delivered some snow and created some beautiful scenery.
"The Nature of Things" features the writings and photographs of Anna Applegate, who is a lifelong resident of Pinegrove Township, Venango County. She is a graduate of Cranberry High School and Clarion University. After a 15-year career in the local news industry, she made a change and now works at a steel finishing plant in Sandycreek Township. She is a avid lover of animals and nature, and a gifted photographer.