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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

snow buntings and an amaryllis

A fuzzy closeup of a snow bunting taken January 2013.

There has been a large flock of snow buntings around the back field this past week.

An even fuzzier close up.  :-)

And a blurry photo of the flock taken Tuesday January 21, 2014.

We often see these huge flocks of snow buntings as they swoop and land on the snowy fields in January and February.  They are very difficult to capture as they are so fast.  The first photo of the single bird was taken from my car last January just before it took off to join the flock.  The group photos were taken from our kitchen window.

Can you see them?  I'm sure there are a hundred of them.  They like to sit in this grassy area.  I took these photos today.

If you are in the country and see a large flock of birds like this you will know they are most likely Snow Buntings.
They come south from the Arctic for the winter months as far as the middle of the US.  To see more facts about these birds you can check them out right here.

I just had to share this gorgeous Amaryllis with you today too.
This is the second stalk from the bulb and it has 6 blooms!  The first stalk had 4 and it lasted over a week after I cut it off and put it in a mason jar of water.  I did this so the second stalk would get nourishment.

Count them.  6 blooms!

Well, the forecasted snowstorm has not arrived here and I'm just as well pleased.  We may get some light flurries but so far it's just calm and cloudy and cold.  

My new glasses are in so I plan to pick them up tomorrow.  :-)  

The daffodils popped through last week when it was above freezing for several days and the snow cover melted.  There is a 2 foot snowbank right next to this garden (it was 5 feet high!).   I got some boughs and covered the daffodils to try to protect them from this cold snap we're in.  This is the earliest we've had daffodils up like this.  I've seen this in February but not mid-January.  They'll survive.

Little green daffodil shoots.

Thank you all for your kind words on my post yesterday.  I really appreciate each one of you!




  1. Wow...that's a lot of birds! And the amaryllis is gorgeous! I finally got a little taste of snow last night..."little" is the key words here :)

  2. Never seen a snow bunting but really would love to. Hopefully the snow stayed south of you Pamela. The Amaryllis is beautiful especially in dead of winter. Saw a blog yesterday where some daffys had come up about 3 inches out of the ground. That was in the south. You are so far north. Can't believe they came up up there. That is weird, mid January. Carol

  3. Beautiful! I have never seen a flock of buntings...so many! Your Amaryllis is gorgeous! What a delight the second stalk full blooming! I love Amaryllis...Stay warm!

  4. The Snow Buntings are such pretty birds. We see them here as well. Your Amaryllis gorgeous!

  5. Wow, the birds are beautiful! So is your amaryllis, 6 blooms is amazing, so cutting the other flower obviously did a good trick hey! I expect that your daffs will be ok, they are very hardy things really and covering them to give some protection will help as well. I have not grown daffs in temperatures as cold as yours, but I have had them come up a lot further, get covered in snow, and they were fine! Hope that you are having a good day. xx

  6. I know nothing of snow buntings...hmmm... Yay for another storm missing us, Pam! Life is good. The amaryllis is gorgeous. Think I should go check on the daffodils and pray that they are not yet up.

  7. That's a big flock! I haven't seen any here. A lovely Amaryllis! I have never grown one, I have brown thumbs!

  8. beautiful blooms. wow, 6 ... wonder what is normal? i can't wait to see more. please keep us posted.

    how can birds fly in this cold weather. i can only imagine. brrr!! ( :

  9. When I was a kid, my dad always called those flocks of flashing white birds, 'snow birds'. I guess he wasn't too far off, after all. We often see them flying and landing on the road and in the fields, they do look like a snowstorm when they're on the wing.

    Oh, look at that amaryllis, what a beauty! Your daffodils are up already? Wow, that's early. But they are definitely tough. Can't wait to see them in bloom.

  10. What beautiful birds! I don't think I've ever seen one. We have a lot of goldfinches in our feeders right now. They are fun to watch. And your amaryllis is gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen one have that many blooms at one time! Enjoy your afternoon my friend! Hugs!

  11. Wow that is a lot of snow birds. I don't think I've ever seen them. The amaryllis is beautiful! Love the color
    We are in the midst of a ground blizzard today with temps -40 windchill. brrrr

  12. Those first green shoots are always precious, aren't they. I have a few too, but haven't been out to photograph them yet. Maybe this afternoon.

  13. Gorgeous amaryllis . . . and BTW I am not talking about the weather anymore . . . BUT . . . we were just dumped a ton of snow . . . which is so unbelievable because it is ten times more than they promised. Oh Dear . . .

  14. Oh my goodness - I didn't even think to check to see if daffodils were popping through in that mild weather we had! Well . . . they're covered with snow now. Hope you're staying cosy in the storm! Gorgeous amaryllis!

  15. Don't give those daffodils another thought...they will be just fine!
    Your snow buntings are so cute....I have NEVER seen one! Except here! ha!
    Gorgeous Amaryllis....great color to have in the house...especially this time of year....
    Our furnace fan decided to die a few hours ago....down to 17* in here...YIKES!
    Can't come 'til tomorrow!!! Good thing I brought home an electric blanket from the cottage...
    And...the fireplace will be getting a workout tonight!
    Enjoy your evening....glad the storm missed you :o)
    Linda :o)

  16. Oh you have Daffy's already ? WOW ! Lovely photos . I have seen those birds around here in our fields but yes they are fast and I haven't been able to get photos of them . It has been cold but sunny here and I and Miggs have been able to having nice walks despite the temps . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

  17. Thankfully you did not get your storm as you have already had plenty. The amaryllis is such a beautiful shade.

  18. Those little daffodils had better tuck their heads back down before they get frostbite!

  19. I love watching the birds which is why our birdfeeder hangs right outside our front window. They give me a lot of pleasure especially this time of year.
    We got the blizzard yesterday and it was still blowing hard at midnight. I'll be so happy when this winter is over.
    I also read your previous post. I have one son in Vancouver and my youngest is in Illinois. Thank goodness for Skype! I don't know what we would do without it. Like you, I wonder how they ever did it years ago when their children left the nest and moved so far away. We are blessed today to be able to not only talk to them but also see their dear faces. Have a lovely day, my friend.


  20. We have a bit of snow and it is very cold, 9 degrees. We do not get the snow buntings here. You wonder how they survive.

  21. An interesting piece with some nice pictures. It hasn't snowed here yet in England, although it's been cold enough to!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  22. Love the pink blooms! And hooray for the daffodils, making their way up through the earth! The tips of ours have been visible for a week or so, and the early bloomers ought to be greeting up in late February.

  23. Wow! I would say you have a few birds!!!! But it is fun to watch them. I am so glad you can see that beautiful field now. Your amaryllis is so gorgeous!!! As you know....mine were duds.......never happened before. I should have taken them back. I am happy yours had so many blooms. I never had one with 6 blooms. Oh...stunning! Great to have around for the dark days of winter and so fun to watch.

  24. I'm not sure if we have snow buntings around here, there are some darling little chirpers that hang out in the trees, but I can't see whatt they are.


  25. Your amaryllis is fantastic! So cheery. I love seeing huge flocks of birds. I don't think I have ever seen snow buntings. We have huge flocks of Canadian geese and sand hill cranes that winter over here in the nearby fields. They are elegant and enormous. I always feel lucky when a dozen come flying right overhead.

  26. Hi Pamela,

    Not sure if you got my comment as it is extremely windy here in the mountains of Crete right now and my internet access keeps coming and going. If you happened to have received the first, please disregard this one.

    I find it funny that the snow buntings have migrated to Canada, but of course it is warmer than the Arctic! Glad you didn’t get that predicted snow storm. My sister in Toronto tells me that they are officially in an Arctic/Polar Vortex now, and with the exception of tomorrow, they will stay in one for the next three weeks! I, myself, am relieved that I postponed my trip to Toronto for March, when I will experience my first Canadian spring in 25 years!

    Your pink amaryllis is very pretty and it is the splash of sunshine and colour is the perfect remedy for the monochromatic January blahs!

    Have a lovely weekend!


  27. Now that is a lot of birds, Pamela!
    I don't see any here but those big old Ravens-yuck.
    Your Amaryllis is so pretty and full of blooms and I
    just can't imagine daffodils peeking their heads out already.
    It must mean an early Spring for you. I'm very jealous!

  28. I had to check to seeing what a bunting was!

    The amaryllis is incredible. I'm still waiting on mine to bloom

  29. By-the-way, how long will you have winter? We begin having warmer days the last of February and flowers by March. I forget others have snow a lot longer. Loved the photos, as always.
    Dru (again)


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