Sunday, March 18, 2018

Another new bird...

I just happened to look out the window and notice this fella hanging around the bird feeder.  I knew immediately it was a type of shrike.  I got a photo just before it flew off.  After comparing the Loggerhead Shrike and the Northern Shrike, I have come to the conclusion it is a Northern Shrike.  The only way I can tell the difference is there is a little white patch above it's black eye band.  I have not logged a shrike yet at the cabin.  I think I saw one a few years ago, but it flew away too quickly to identify.   I don't really want them hanging around the feeder, as they eat other birds.  I'm pretty surprised that I have logged two new birds so far this March. 
 Friday was 8 inches of wet heavy snow.  Saturday was a beautiful balmy day.  Today it rained all morning and then turned to snow in the afternoon.  The weather is driving me nuts.  I checked on my greenhouse plantings and nothing is up yet.  

 I had a question about the bottles in my greenhouse.  I bought these adapters at Gardener's supply.  You poke holes in the plastic according to your soil type.  Mine is clay all the way.  You then attach a bottle.  You can use plastic bottles, but they don't seem to last as long.  I like the look of colored glass, so I opt for glass bottles.  They work nicely.  It takes about two days to empty.  

I have wanted to make this cake for a long time.  It met expectations.  I saw it at this pin:

Hot Milk Cake
4 eggs (beat for 5 minutes)
2 c. sugar (add to eggs and cream)
2 1/4 c. flour
2 1/4 t. baking powder
1 t. vanilla
1 1/4 c. milk
10 T. butter (melt in the milk then add to mixture above)
Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  Delicious!

Saturday was beautiful.  I took advantage of the sticky snow and made 3 little snowmen.  I thought they would be a nice welcome for my husband when he came back from work.  Unfortunately, the little suckers melted and fell off before he even got home.  Glad I took photos.  

That is all I have going on.  It is snowing pretty hard now, so I guess spring is on a pause.  I'm keeping my camera with me when I go to work this week.  On Friday, I saw 18 bull elk while driving home in the snowstorm.  The weather was too treacherous to take a photo.  I didn't want somebody running into me.  Maybe I will be lucky enough to see them again this week.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed. 

Have you tried any new recipes?  When was the last time you made a snowman?  If you are smart at bird identification can you double check my shrike identification skills?  I appreciate it.


  1. Oh I love your little snowmen! I like the idea of those bottle waterers. Someday I'd like to have a proper watering system set up for my garden. -Jenn

  2. It seems bad weather is a common theme in various parts of the world this year. We don’t have shrikes in the UK so I’m afraid I’m no help with the ID of your visitor.

  3. Bonnie, we get the shrikes a lot here and I think you are right that this one is a Northern Shrike. It's paler than the Loggerhead. We have more snow too. Got 6" on Friday and another 5 on Sunday and a couple more over night to wake up to today (Mon.). The men are busy clearing roads and making places where we can go feed sheep/cows. This is some WET snow. Great for moisture and using my traditional snowshoes!

  4. I posted a grasshopper on a fence barb once, a shrike likes to keep goodies around. I like your snowmen, I used to make them out along trails another friend ran just to cheer her along the way. I was going for a pineapple upside down cake this week, but shall try yours first. The texture looks firm, what I like in a cake.

  5. Thank you for the bottle info. Those look great! How fun that you have new birds even if they are naughty.

  6. Great snowmen. I haven't made one in 20 years at least. We used to have a flock of Shrikes. I don't know where they went, just like we used to have lots of different kinds of owls. I guess to many people.
    Your got such a great shot of that one.I think your cake looks so yummy. I am so sorry to say, I am still on Whole 30 and I am still gluten, sugar and dairy, free. The only thing I fix I get embarrassed to offer to anyone.I do think that cake sounds and looks fantastic.

  7. How sweet that you made snowmen for your hubby!

  8. well, I am going to try yours. Shrikes are not the nicest birds but they sure are pretty. B


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