Thursday, March 08, 2012

Birds of Different Feathers



Signs of spring are popping up all over. Colours are still muted, the browns, tans and greys of winter in much evidence. Birds rustle and twitter in the dry grasses and skeleton branches of trees and the increasing light brings hope of spring and summer colour.





Frost during the night means a thin layer of ice on the pond in the morning. As the ducks waddled I could plainly hear the ice cracking beneath their feet. Reaching the edge where the ice no longer bore their weight was no problem, they switched to from waddling to paddling with no hesitation.



The Little Miss looks a bit robotic here, but she is enchanted with the ducks, running after them, calling out in high, excited gibberish, although I'm pretty sure she said "duck" a couple of times. 



All that running meant some falling, too. And it's muddy out there. She fussed about the muddy mittens so I took them off. I thought she might see better without the sunglasses, too. She's very good about wearing them, protecting her beautiful blue eyes.


A friend of the Little Miss is just a few months old and her mother likes owls. So I stitched up this owl softie for her.


Waddling and paddling birds, twittering birds, stitched birds - I think it's almost spring!

13 comments:

Pondside said...

I walked that very walk this morning and noted the many ducks, including a couple that looked like tourists in their black and white feathers! Your Little Miss is getting big!

Cheryl said...

Our grandbabies are so close in age. I watch what your little one does and know Wiley won't be far behind. Love that softie. I've not tried to make one - is it hard to do?

podso said...

What a sweet owl you have stitched up! That little granddaughter of yours is darling --look at her rosy cheeks!

Sheila said...

Lorrie, I love the photo of the mallards striding across the ice, and of your dear Little Miss without her sunglasses. The owl is just as cute as can be. i'm always impressed by your creativity!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I have a salt marsh like this close to my home, too, Lorrie! It is a wonderful place to walk and watch the ducks. Your little grand daughter is getting big!

Andrea Dawn said...

Love the ducks and the little miss. Picked up my tulips today . . . pretty pink with white edges.

Filip Demuinck said...

Good post, love the ducks on the water and the robotic girl :-)

Greetings,
Filip

Bettyann said...

oh my Lorrie your lil miss is getting so big...love the sunglasses..my bulbs are pushing their way though the cold earth...sigh..wonder if we will get a proper spring.....have a great weekend..

Carole said...

Ducks, babies, and softies.....you hit all my soft spots Lorrie. Your little Miss doing the Robot made me laugh out loud. She's adorable!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Great photos and I love that sweet owl! Enjoy your weekend! Hope it warms up! ♥

Linda said...

She IS adorable! What fun you must be having... and the owl you made is precious.

Kit said...

Love the ducks! I could watch them all the day long. I was driving the other day and here is Mr. and Mrs. Duck trying to cross one of our busiest streets and we all stopped until they passed by. :) Kit

Vee said...

What a little cutie pie out walking with you! She is doing a good job and her parents are as well for having sunglasses. So true that the blue-eyed ones need extra care.

Everything about your post whispers "March" to me, especially the mud.