Feeding Family Including ‘all creatures great and small’

A late Saturday afternoon snow squall…after another band of snow moved through, covering whatever I had shoveled earlier : ( if you don’t live where it snows, this is not tinted..early morning or late afternoon snow looks as blue as these photos :)

Late afternoon snow squall collage Jan 25

Inside, some baking and soup making were going on.

Baking and soup collage

It’s all fair here …the critters outside are fed too :

soup cookies and squirrel collageAs well as the birds…even if you cannot set up bird feeders, in bitterly cold winter weather, scattering some seed, bread, cracked corn…under a sheltering shrub, tree, or vine is helpful to them..they love to ground feed and just need some shelter from hawks or predators. Or..the front porch is fine too :)

squirrels kanga and birds collage

The little squirrels appreciate cracked corn, sunflower seeds, and peanuts.

Blue Jays, Crows, and Woodpeckers love the peanut treats as well.  While I could not get any really good shots, the other day the crows came across some scattered peanuts prior to the Jays. They ‘Caw Caw Caw’ excitedly when they swoop down for a peanut and then take it two houses down the street to either bury it or wash it…not sure! :)

the crow

As to the others..they are just happy with seed and suet, whether on the ground or in a feeder:

Wren Jan 21

cardinal in snow

Closeup of back of sparrow

cardinal in snow 2

That soup and the cookies were not all for me :) On Sunday I will be baking a big pan of cornbread, and putting out some home made preserves from the summer, and having the family over in the afternoon after church. Other than the cornbread, I am all set and the morning will find me sewing for awhile…

Stay warm and safe! :)

ALSO related : Sewing, Shoveling, Shivering : the weekend forecast

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34 Responses to Feeding Family Including ‘all creatures great and small’

  1. It does look very blue tinted. I just love that you take care of all of your sweet birds and even the squirrels. It looks so bitterly cold there. Take care and save one of those cookies for me! Sweet hugs!

  2. Nana Diana says:

    Those are fantastic shots! Wow! We take care of our birds and yes, the squirrels, too. I threw some apple scraps out on our back deck tonight and told the kids to come to the window. A rabbit came right on the porch and the kids watched him eat the apples. So cute and less than 3 feet from the window- xo Diana

  3. I think the birds are needing help this year! Besides, if you feed them you also get to see and photograph them. ;)

  4. What sweet shots you’ve gotten Debra. The beautiful bird and cute little squirrel are so precious! How nice that you take care of them :)

  5. Linda G. says:

    Your snowy landscape looks similar to my landscape. I love seeing all the wildlife feasting on the treats you have left them.

  6. Joyce says:

    Your Winter landscape is beautiful! I know it is cold, but gorgeous. It is mild here today but brown-You know I pinned one of your photos a few weeks back- it was a hit!
    Have a warm Sunday!

  7. Karen says:

    what pretty birds you have and such pretty snow although I know winter is colder than normal this year and maybe you have more snow than normal as well? I looked at your pretty bungalow photos and love your porch and summer time plants! I have a small home too.

  8. Karen Miller says:

    Debra just LOVE all the sweet little birds at your home. Thanks for taking and sharing the pictures. Your crows look like they are glowing – so pretty — is that a special effect ? Stay warm now — that snow we got yesterday was crazy — white out conditions driving home from my sisters house in Friendsville, PA. Glad to be home and sewing today. Take care now. Karen

  9. Peggy Thal says:

    You are so sweet to take care of all the creatures outside. I am doing the same. I worry about them in this cold weather. We are not used to it here in Southern Virginia. Thanks for sharing! Your soup looks delicious. Everyone is hungry on cold days.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Peggy the weather is topsy turvy / it’s good that you and so many others are caring for the creatures outside too :)

  10. What wonderful pictures you take. The bird shots are fabulous. The soup and cookies look especially yummy also.

  11. If I come back I want to be a small animal and live in your yard. You’re a good person Charlie Brown. :-)

  12. Nancy says:

    What beautiful photos – you do such a great job with them! I love all the little birds and yes, this winter is a bit harsher than in the past so I’ll bet the animals outdoors are very grateful to you!

  13. Mary Feguson says:

    Your pictures are so beautiful. I’m sure the birds and other animals love all the great food you give them. I also feed the birds. I looked under the feeder and there are numerous sunflowers growing from the seeds. I will have to transplant them throughout the back yard. Wish we would get some rain – really need it.
    Have a wonderful week and hopefully your weather will warm up some.

  14. Stacey says:

    Man alive that looks cold! We always make sure the critters are well fed too. When you are stuck in the house, looking out and seeing those colorful feathers is pretty entertaining.

  15. Amy says:

    Your bird shots are fantastic, Debra! It is such a treat watching the birds come and go.

  16. Grandma Kc says:

    It is wonderful that you feed the family but so very wonderful that you take care of the critters, too! Even the wildlife is struggling with the weather but not at Debra’s house.

  17. kaholly says:

    I’ll bet your kitchen was nice and warm! I’ll often bake when it’s really cold to heat up my space! Loved your resident critter photos!

  18. Joyce says:

    I cannot wait to show this post to Bree tomorrow!
    It seems that the most loving and happiest people I know are ones who think first of others (including critters) when weather is extreme and food is hard to come by. Oh! I think I just described YOU, Debra!

  19. Your winter photos are beautiful and very cold looking! The cardinal color gives such a warm feeling to see.

  20. All the cold little cuties out there will appreciate the extra food. Ours are very well looked after, the eagles in the backyard will tell you that for sure.


  21. Poppy says:

    Hi Debra,

    Amazing how you’ve captured the foggy blue of that late afternoon snow, falling heavily and blanketing everything in sight; I remember it so well and I have to admit, I love the drama of it!

    Your soup looks…EXACTLY like the one I made TODAY! It’s called ‘fasolatha’ in Greek, and is made with cannellini beans, carrots, celery, garlic, onion, parsley, olive oil, and finely chopped tomatoes. It’s perfect for a cold winter’s day, which we’ve been having our own fair share of!

    Your photos of the adorable birds and creatures around your home always make me smile.


  22. Jann Olson says:

    Wow Deb, you really are getting pounded with snow. The little creatures know that your home is a good place to be. You are so sweet to think of them. I always love your wonderful animal photos! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  23. love seeing all your sweet birdies and squirrels, stay warm!!

  24. Deborah says:

    love the close up pictures of the birds and squirrels. they are so fun to watch. We are kept busy re-filling our feeders, wonder how they stay warm in this freezing weather.

  25. Beautiful photographs. I do a Snapshot Sunday where people can submit photos that they’ve taken throughout the week. I also do a Blog Hop on Fridays. You can enter today’s hop up until next Thursday at noon. I’d love to have my readers see your work.

  26. michele says:

    I love feeding and watching the birds in the winter months as well.
    I love to look at the crows, amazing birds however, they eat everything in sight and scare the other birds away, do you find this to happen at your house?
    Visiting from Common Ground today.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Michele, I have all the feeders and such for the little birds in my back yard ….when I try to attract the jays or the crows on occasion with stale bread and some peanuts I do it out front for the most part. I wouldn’t want the crows to come around too, too often…I couldn’t afford to keep up with them, no : )

  27. Thx for sharing on Mostly Homemade Mondays. Love the squirrel and bird photos. I always enjoy wildlife posts!

  28. We like you love to feed out outdoor neighbors, and your photography is so beautiful. Don’t the cardinals just pop against the white snow! We so enjoy our wildlife, well I do wish the squirrels would be more “friendlier” to our birdies!

  29. If my Rhodesian Ridgeback hadn’t eaten my pound box of Quaker Oats, I could have fixed cookies too.

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