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Hello! I created this blog to keep track of our life on Forest Hill, our lovely new estate – home – dream come true here in Fairmont, WV. I plan to write about the wildlife outside, the wild life inside (ha), gardening & nature when weather permits, some nerdy stuff and other things that we find amusing, & our home renovation and redecoration. This site is going to be mostly a diary for myself, but I want to share with family, friends, & others who might find these posts interesting. I will try to post a little about my boys, Michael & Zach, & my s.o. Les, so it won’t be all birds & blooms. We are all getting used to living here & living together, so “interesting” might be the best word for it!

To start with, I’d like to make note of the birds I saw outside yesterday & today. I’m just a beginner birder, so bear with me if it seems I’m not sure what I’m talking about when it comes to bird species. There are so many, it boggles my mind!

Yesterday, Monday, December 28th, I spent a lot of time watching the feeders. I saw the usual (for Forest Hill) chickadees (probably Black-Capped, I’m almost sure they’re not Carolina), & Tufted Titmice (birds have the strangest names). I was also very excited to see 2 White Breasted Nuthatches, one of whom I am sure was my mystery “guard bird” from Sunday: I saw him sit unmoving by one of the bell feeders for at least an hour. Yesterday I also saw several Mourning Doves, Robins (it isn’t springtime!), male & female Cardinals, & some unidentifiable sparrow-like brown birds. They did not look like the House Sparrows I’m used to seeing at my old place in town. I also saw a Hairy Woodpecker, a Red-bellied Woodpecker, & a Pileated Woodpecker! I saw a doe & her twin fawns on Sunday; this group is a frequent sight in our yard. The fawns came right up to the door! I didn’t have birdseed outside for them, but they were cleaning up seeds the birds had dropped from the bells. I had also put out apples; I think mama deer got the last of those. So much wildlife, & so close! It’s very exciting.

I haven’t been watching the feeders much today, I’ve mostly been doing laundry & snuggling with my microwaveable hot pad (it’s one of those days), but I did see the frequent visitors, chickadees and titmice, plus a very large male cardinal, right outside the kitchen window. I need to practice taking pictures of the birds outside; I haven’t gotten any really good ones yet.

Thanks for visiting & reading, & thanks to WordPress for providing me with an easy way to keep track of my days.