One day last week I was watching my very quiet feeder mourning the fact that hardly any birds have been by lately. Then, I looked up and saw this gorgeous patch of turquoise in the tree. It was a stunning sight with the sun streaming through the leaves on a distant tree. I didn't move, I grabbed my phone and snapped away. He didn't move. Then I ran upstairs and got my good camera and he was eye to eye with me and still clinging to the branch.
Upon much consultation with books and a birder, we determined that this was someones parakeet that was on the loose. I enlarged a couple of the other shots and could see the beak and sure enough, it's a parakeet.
Poor little guy I hope he'll make it. As for the family who lost him, I'm sorry for your loss. He then flew away and I haven't seen him since.
Living in ORANGE, Connecticut really provides a lot of OPPORTUNITY for O entries for ABC Wednesday. This ONE though really jumped out at me. This tree (an OAK???) was just singing with color yesterday. And the way in which the telephone company has manicured the tree to allow for the telephone wires made the perfect O entry. Yeah autumn!!!
Back to the Youth Group's trip to Heifer Farm in Rutland, MA. At the farm they have recreated a global village that endeavors to show you how families all over the globe engage in sustainable living with what they have available to them.
Thank goodness for Heifer International that provides education and animals for families to make a living and have food in their tummies. Over the next few days I'll post more photos from the Global Village.
Back to Heifer Farm in Rutland MA with the youth group and confirmation class from Orange Congregational. On the way in to the Global Village there was a table where we were encouraged to think about ways in which we, individually, could help to alleviate hunger. We wrote them on felt strips and tied them to the bamboo patch.
The year that I lived in Jerusalem I was able to go to Christian services at different churches throughout the year. It was really special and is dear to my heart. On Epiphany I went to the Church of the Ascension, or Augusta Victoria on the Mount of Olives. I wrote a reflection about the experience HERE. This nativity scene was sitting on a table on our way out with little stars for us to take with Bible verses written on them. I love this photo.
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Continuing the weekend of Orange Congregational Youth Group at Heifer Farm...here's another part of the group stationed at face painting.
It was slow at first, very slow.
Then it began to pick up.
Who doesn't love a heart on your cheek?
I had my children's names 'tattooed' on my forearm. I sent it to them via text and Dan wanted to know why he was last. (he's my middle child) Little did he know that his heart was painted first. Tina said LOL, (youngest) and from John (oldest) there was no response. Of course, they are 32, 30, and 28. Some things never change.
Last couple of photos from the Raptor Tent at the Orange Country Fair. Now, of course, I can't remember what kind of owl this is but I've always thought that there were very strange looking. The heads especially are odd. But, as the old song goes, "All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir"!
I know I've shown Milo before and even this same pose but doctored up in Pixlr. But, it's late, I'm tired and he is the best M ever. Here he is sporting his Swiss collar from the Zurich Airport. I know, cheesy, an airport gift for Milo, he deserves so much more. He turned 11 years old on Oct 1.
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