Blogger Patricia Youngquist is an author and a photographer. Her recent e-book, BIRD TALES, is interactive and includes the Blue jay featured above. Prior works include versions of WORDS IN OUR BEAK, where the stories are narrated by Cam, a female cardinal. Additionally, some of her photographs have been licensed by Fine Art America to reproduce as wall art and on to an array of surfaces for various products! Do view both side-bars for specific details on all of this.
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Sunday, December 31, 2017
UPDATE on my "rescue tree."
It's the last day of 2017, and, as I stated in my early morning blog entry, I will be publishing a few postings today. This day marks seven days since I rescued an abandoned Christmas tree (which was in a stand) from the streets of NYC during the morning of Christmas Eve.
I "reported" this news here on Blogger, after I found the abandoned tree. I also published a follow up post about this. However, it was only yesterday, six days after my find, that I realized a "chunk" was missing from the bottom of my "find." This is indicated by the red arrow (right) which is affixed to the two images atop this post. Both pictures feature my tree (standing in my rooftop garden) after the snow "landed" on it yesterday, making the missing branches noticeable.
I checked my initial photos of this tree (some of them are featured in the aforementioned posts), and, sure enough, the bottom right portion of the tree was gone all along, which is probably why someone abandoned it. And to think I only noticed it yesterday! Perhaps this is because it was the first snowfall that's occurred since I had the tree, and the snow drew attention to the missing branches.
Be that as it may, I'm very grateful that I have this sweet tree, and, it seems the wild birds who visit my place are also glad the "rescue tree" is here, as evidenced by the house sparrows as well as the house finches (both of these bird types can also be seen in the first two images of this posting).
After all, it's a well known fact that "Christmas trees provide the birds with excellent shelter from winter winds and wily predators," but the bottom branches play an important role in this. But at least my tree has bottom branches on his/her left side.
We've had record breaking cold temperatures here in the city, therefore, I haven't been able to get the help I need to give this tree a star, and it's now the seventh day of Christmas! An empty plug (indicated by a circle affixed to the image) is ready to accommodate the lights of my tree-topper star is waiting patiently to be of service.
Moreover, as of now, I've only been able to hang one suet cage (bird feeder) on my tree, I need help to secure the other suet feeders, but, hey it's only the seventh day of Christmas!
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