A few shots:

And while I was having my lunch, … what a difference a few minutes make.

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  1. georgeaquinas says:

    Fr. Z,

    An avian note. I don’t know how rural of an area your farm is in, but if it is surrounded by open farm land, keep an eye out for Snowy Owls. It looks like this is an “invasion year.” The lemming population up north has crashed and this sends the snowy owl population further south than normal. There have already been several in northern Indiana. Sorry if this is too much of a birder-geek comment. But they are a beautiful bird! :)

  2. patrick finley says:

    I am so envious. You have snow already!! (sorry thats the kid in me that wont die. I love snow, only I hope its the office thats clsoed instead of school!)

  3. mao now says:

    Beautiful birds, but its the snow that catches my eye! we never have it here in New Orleans, mostly just sleet and A few flurries, and that usually after new years. Except for Christmas 2004!

  4. Fr. Steve says:

    Father, pleeeese don’t eat the little birds for lunch!

  5. Richard says:

    Nah. Father, they’re far too small to eat for lunch.

  6. John Enright says:

    I am so disappointed in this post, Padre. I looked at the title “Lunch” and thought I’d get another lesson on fine dining, but all I saw were birds! LOL!

  7. Jayna says:

    I hope we get snow this year. The past couple of years we’ve had to wait until February or March. I’d so love a Christmas dusting. That being said, I think I could do without living in your neck of the woods, Father. While I may like the cold, being from Georgia I have a distinctly different conception of what “cold” is.

  8. Doug says:

    I’m a southerner like jayna. My family and I live in Marietta Georgia (an Atlanta suburb) and I’m the rare native Atlantan. However, in my younger days I studied music in Manhattan and attended college in Colorado. Much colder climes! And your pictures make me miss them! I love snow!

  9. Kelly says:

    Fr. Z

    What happened to the post about the pasta? Can you put it back up, I want to buy some for my wife? Thanks.

  10. Vincenzo says:

    Kelly wrote:

    “What happened to the post about the pasta? Can you put it back up, I want to buy some for my wife? Thanks.”

    This one? Or this one?

  11. Michael says:

    I am interested in identifying the species:
    – the first four birds which share the meal;
    – that one with an insect(?) in a beak;
    – and the stylish one with a pink beak facing forward (to the left of the tit): I think it is a green finch and the colour of ist beak is an artefact.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  12. Ohio Annie says:


    The orange beaked bird with the crest is a female cardinal. Her plumage is drab year around but she always sports a jaunty orange beak. She appears in two photos. Photo 3 is a female goldfinch, I think, in winter plumage. Photo 4 is a nuthatch. The four birds in Photo 1 are some sort of sparrow. They may be female English sparrows. The bird in Photo 5 next to Mrs. Cardinal (they have married cardinals now??!!) is a black-capped chickadee.

  13. Lirioroja says:

    I love the bird pics. However, I must dissent on the snow pics. I hate winter,
    I hate snow, I hate the cold. I’m a spring and summer person all the way. I
    miss the daylight. It’s dark when I wake up in the morning and it’s dark when
    I leave work. Reports of snow send me into panic mode. It ruins my commute.
    I have a hard time keeping up my energy level at this time of year. I’m exhausted
    by 6PM. I’m glad everyone else is cheered by the snow pics. For me, spring
    can’t come soon enough.

  14. Michael says:

    Annie, you have completely confused me. Those four are not English sparrows, unless you in America use the term for some other species. That’s for sure.

    As for the rest – thanks; thanks for all, of course. Are your lions similar to African lions ?

    Your goldfinches are definitely crossbreeds with canaries. I kept a proper goldfinch in a cage for years and it was always beatuful. Only when one puts in a cage the male with the female canary at spring time, you can get your ugly kind of gold finch. I do not mean that the ladies are ugly, but a diffuse yellow paint makes a mess of a goldfinch.

    But you presumably get your barb wire for gardens by crossbreading hedgehogs with earthworms?

  15. Lynne says:

    The birds in the first photo are Pine Siskins.

  16. Michael says:

    Lynne, Fr. Z, thanks for the siskins. Isn’t it the same bird I suggested to be the siskin last time? Can’t find my way through the labyrinth of posts to reach the earlier one on birds, and compare.

  17. Ohio Annie says:

    Oh the pine siskins make more sense. They are really too stripey to be female sparrows. English sparrows show a lot of local variation. We don’t have pine siskins where I live so I didn’t think of them. Shoulda got out my bird book!

    And no, our male lions don’t have manes, the males and females look similar though differently sized. They are locally called cougars, mountain lions, or catamounts. They eat small animals and sometimes mountain bikers and hikers in pink outfits. I know you were joking about the lions, tee hee.

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