Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Can anyone identify?

I know the pics are lousy. Taken through the window, even with the zoom, the pics are not clear.

But I didn't have anything to blog about.

This little bird is sooty black all along his back and creamy white along it's front. No other colours.

I "googled" black and white birds Canada and (as you can imagine) got a lot of stuff, but not the right stuff.

On another note - there are gremlins in bloggerville. I have tried leaving comments on some of your blogs, but it didn't work. Mainly the blogs with "letter verification". I also left a comment or two on my own blog, answering some of your kind comments.
Where to?
No idea.
So I'll apologise to those of you who didn't receive my comments. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

Update: No baby yet. Still waiting.

Grace is doing remarkably well. She's out of ICU, all the tubes and catheters removed and she's back to breast feeding. Truly a miracle!

If all continues on this way - she'll be discharged home in another day of two. Can you imagine being discharged from hospital after heart surgery in 4 or 5 days? Blows my mind. I guess little bodies heal fast.


Ruth said...

The bird is a dark-eyed junco. They are here in the winter only and return to the far north in early spring.

Wendy said...

Hi Ruth, I was hoping you'd be able to identify this bird for me. Thank you so much. I hadn't seen any in previous years. Will check out the link you sent.

maureen said...

Hi Wendy, Thank you for the comment on my blog. I was sorry to read about Little Grace, I hope she has a speedy recovery, what a worry for everyone. So you have another grand-child on the way ? I read your profile and it says you already have 6, wow, that's fantastic.
I just googled COPD, as I have to confess to not knowing what it was. I now know and feel sad for you and your husband, each day must be difficult fo you both. It's great that you keep a blog as it's nice to have people drop by and lift your spirits.
take care

Mary said...

Yep. Dark-eyed Junco. We still have them here but they're beginning to head north now.

Maggie May said...

Not well up on Canadian birds!
It looks a bit like our English blackbird but I don't suppose it is.

I also have had difficulty getting comments on some blogs and have had to really persevere or give up. hope it gets fixed soon.

Hope you get some news about your grand child really soon!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Great news about Baby Grace.

I knew I wouldn't be able to identify a Canadian bird but dropped by... I'm glad I did. I want to thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving your lovely words...

I've had the same thing about comments happening to me. I found it frustrating. But my comments found their way home yesterday after straying for two days. Was I relieved?!
Take care.

Mimi said...

Oh good! You're alive. I was beginning to worry. ;oD

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yes, a Junco... I have never seen one, but they are quite common in certain areas.

I don't think you are having trouble with my site since I am getting comments from you.

Have a wonderful day.

Wendy said...

Hi Maureen, thanks for popping in. I guess I'd better update my profile. I now have 7 grandchildren and soon to be 8!
I do enjoy blogging - especially peeking inside other peoples' gardens to see what's growing. And I like to read others' stories too. We all have a story to share.

Hi Mary, thank you - so will we be getting your juncos next? Or do they fly further up north. Interesting that I hadn't noticed them in previous winters.

Hi Maggie May - the pic was certainly not clear. But it does look like a blackbird, except it has a creamy white tummy. They're rather pretty.

Wendy said...

Hi Kanak, thanks for popping in. Baby Grace is doing remarkably well. I hope blogger fixes it's stuff soon.

Hi Mimi - thanks for thinking about me. Yes, I'm alive and kicking!

Hi Betsy, nope, your site is fine. Hugs back at ya.

peppylady said...

I don't know much about birds but I did see a robin the other day.

Coffee is on.

JeanMac said...

Poor little one. Glad to hear the good new, though.

Abba's Girl said...

Blogger would not let me post a comment the other day.

We have dark eyed juncos wintering here now. They will be leaving soon. I had over 100 Goldfinches for the last 2 months, yesterday I saw only 1. They must be making their way up north.

I am waiting for the 1st hummingbird to arrive.

I always love the pictures you post.


amelia said...

The bird is a junco. We have quite a few of them here but more in the summer.

Q said...

Dear Wendy,
Learning to spin has kept me from visiting these last few days.
As you know your darling visitor is a Junco. I have a small flock that comes every winter. Once spring is here they will return to the cooler north. They are grpound feeders. I think they are very pretty.
Holding dear Grace in my thoughts.
So difficult for all of you.

Rose said...

I'm no bird expert, Wendy, but I'm beginning to learn to identify a few birds, and I was going to say this looks like a dark-eyed junco. I'm so excited to see the bird experts here agree with me!

I've been having problems, too, leaving comments on certain blogs; it's frustrating when you want to let someone know you appreciate their visit.

Glad to hear little Grace is doing well; that baby will come when it's good and ready, I guess:)

Shammickite said...

Incredibly good news about little Grace, I hope that she continues to thrive! I bet her mummy and daddy are thrilled that she has come through such a serious operation so well. Will this be the last surgery or will there be more when she is bigger?
Keeping fingers crossed that the new baby arrives soon.

white_lilly said...

I'm glad little Grace is doing well and will be discharged soon. It is amazing these days how doctors want you up and about after big operations. My daughter had a spinal fusion and she was up and about the next day I couldn't believe it.

I'm also pleased to hear your hubbys strength and energy is returning.
Take care
Sue xoxoxo

Grammy said...

It has the beak of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak/ But I can not see it well enough.

The Females-plumaged Black-headed Grosbeak is very similar to female-plumaged Rose-breasted Grosbeak but has buffier breast and has streaking confined to the sides