Red-tailed Hawk

A couple of Red-tailed Hawks  — one sitting high atop a tree along a quiet country road, and the other soaring overhead in a secluded area near Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge.

“Each life needs its own quiet place.”  ~Melody Beattle

A bright spot

This past week, West Tennessee has experienced  sleet, snow and extremely cold temperatures, which have rendered many homebound.  One of the things I have enjoyed during this time has been watching a flock of cardinals that have been visiting the feeders.  Their activity and beauty have been a bright spot in some bitterly cold and icy days.

“Even dark days have a bright spot.  Make it your goal to find it.”  ~Lisa Petty

Brown Thrasher

I spotted this Brown Thrasher in my backyard early last summer.  He picked up a few sunflower seeds under the feeder and then headed to the birdbath for a quick dip.  The large yellow eyes and downcurved bill, which gave him a grumpy look before his bath, added a certain charm when he was wet.

“Create your own style.  Let it be unique for yourself and identifiable for others.”  ~Anna Wintour