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January 6, 2016 / diannegray

Resolutions after difficult Christmas

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

I know we all say that and it begins to sound like lip service after a while, but I truly mean it. There are people who really struggle though this season. I attended a funeral over Christmas for the father of two of my dearest friends. It certainly wasn’t easy…

But we’ve lifted our heads now and are all looking up for 2016. Life goes on and enjoying time with the people we love is a resolution worth sharing.

On a brighter note – the finches emerged from their nests (two out of three nests) around the RUC over Christmas and I managed to get photos of the little cuties.

The first photo was taken hours before this little fella was run over by a tractor! He’s one lucky little guy because he managed to survive and is now flying around like he owns the place. Hubby named him Elvis, because of his cool hairdo.

Red Finch Elvis

The following is a pic of all the chicks that emerged from the nest with Elvis. When I took the shot I wasn’t sure how many chicks had been in the nest, but when I zoomed in I found four – three females and a male (you can tell the difference because the males are strikingly red and the females have more grey). I’ve tried to circle them so you can see them.

Four finch chicks2

The next little cutie came from another nest where there were two males and one female. We named this guy Bluey because he’s so red (hey, it’s an Aussie thing).

Red finch on fence smaller version

And here is Bluey’s brother Mango (I named him that because the mango hanging from the tree kept getting in the way of the shot). I think Mango is my favourite! He looks like something out of a cartoon.

Red finch and mango smaller version

The males are a lot braver and get out more than the females so it was very hard to get a good shot of the females. They wouldn’t stay still long enough in one place (but I’m still trying!)

Welcome to 2016!

 

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  1. avwalters / Jan 6 2016 9:06 am

    Oh, those finicky females. They’ll zip around until they have their own nests, and then sit still–for just a little bit. Happy New Year, my dear. It’s important to remember to live, today, with those around us that we love. We are reaching an age where the losses will mount if we do not hold on to the truth that those we value stay with us in our hearts.

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    • diannegray / Jan 6 2016 10:35 am

      Beautiful words on living today, Alta xxxx

      I still haven’t been able to capture those finicky females – but those males just love strutting their stuff! 😀

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  2. Carrie Rubin / Jan 6 2016 9:10 am

    So does Elvis swivel his little avian pelvis when he chirps?…

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    • diannegray / Jan 6 2016 10:36 am

      Haaaa! Yes he does, Carrie. And he’s got an amazing voice 😀

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      • Carrie Rubin / Jan 6 2016 10:57 am

        Now I’m even more jealous of where you live. If it weren’t for those snakes and giant bugs…

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      • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 8:07 am

        I guess there’s always something, Carrie 😉 I was reading a blog from a friend in the US the other day and she was talking about following the tracks of a big cat in the snow – yikes! I don’t think I’d be brave enough to do that 😀

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      • Carrie Rubin / Jan 7 2016 8:41 am

        Luckily I don’t have wild cats or snakes in my neighborhood. Well, there might be snakes, but I pretend there aren’t…

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      • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 11:05 am

        Oh dear – not poisonous ones I hope (hang on, I just remembered we have most of the poisonous ones here!) 😉

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      • Carrie Rubin / Jan 7 2016 11:33 am

        Haha, yes, I think the ones in my suburban neighborhood are pretty benign.Probably mostly garter snakes.

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      • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 12:24 pm

        I don’t mind the harmless ones, but they can give you a fright sometimes 😉

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  3. Jill Weatherholt / Jan 6 2016 9:11 am

    I’m sorry for your friends loss, Dianne. That’s rough during the holidays.
    The only red birds I ever see here are cardinals, so this is a treat. These guys and gals are specular!
    Happy New Year, my friend.

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    • diannegray / Jan 6 2016 10:39 am

      It’s so cool watching them take their first flight, Jill. The second lot of chicks (with Bluey and Mango) had big play-fights and wrestled all over the ground when they finally emerged. It had been raining a lot so I think by the time they fledged they were like kids locked inside for a week and then let loose on the world! 😀

      Thank you for the kind words for my dear friends xxxxx

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  4. Theo Fenraven / Jan 6 2016 9:52 am

    Beautiful birds. 🙂

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  5. Luanne / Jan 6 2016 9:56 am

    Dianne, I know I’ve said it before, but finches just get me. When I saw your pix, I had to wave my hand as if I was having a hot flash LOL. They are the cutest things ever. I’m so sorry about your friends’ father. I think that we have such expectations for the positive at Christmas that when things go wrong and in some cases horribly wrong, it feels even worse than if tragedies had happened at different times of the year.

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    • diannegray / Jan 6 2016 10:47 am

      You’re so right about these things happening at Christmas. Luanne. It’s difficult enough when we have our first Christmas without a loved-one. I found it hard going to the mall because children were singing carols and it hit me hard. I’m glad my friends weren’t with me at that time, because I was trying to put up a brave front. I read their eulogy to their father at the funeral and I was nervous at first, but was glad in the end because I said the words they wanted to say but couldn’t on the day. It was actually a beautiful funeral xxxx

      You’re like me with the finches – I love seeing those little cuties! 😀

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      • Luanne / Jan 8 2016 5:49 am

        That was kind of you to read what they wanted to say but could not. Someone read for my sister-in-law because she could not handle it and my cousin read my son’s because he could not be there at the funeral because of his grad school group project and exams. Hugs to you, Dianne.

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  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jan 6 2016 10:20 am

    You must have buckets of patience to get photos of these tiny, flitting, flashes of feathers. Do they eat the grain?

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    • diannegray / Jan 6 2016 10:49 am

      They are very fast, Sharon, but sometimes they sit still for two seconds and I snap them! 😉 They don’t eat the sugar cane, they eat seeds from the grass. It’s the big cockatoos who eat the sugar cane and can decimate a paddock in a few days.

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      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jan 6 2016 10:53 am

        And then flap around like they’re drunk? I remember my kids on too much sugar – I can imagine the birds!

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      • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 8:05 am

        The get really drunk on the mangoes and roll around for days! The fruit ferments in their stomach. It’s weird (and little funny) to watch! 😀

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  7. JackieP / Jan 6 2016 10:49 am

    So sorry you and your friends had a rough Christmas. Those birds are wonderful! So cute. 🙂 xxx

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 8:03 am

      It’s nice that we always have something beautiful to look back on at these times, Jackie. 😀 xxxx

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  8. Cynthia Reyes / Jan 6 2016 11:00 am

    Such sweet pix, Dianne! Thanks for sharing. Condolences to your friends and you on the death of a loved one.

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 8:09 am

      Thanks so much, Cynthia. Because our house is quite high I feel like I’m living in a tree house (and I think the birds think this is a huge tree house as well) 🙂

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  9. Jacqui Murray / Jan 6 2016 11:32 am

    I am so wanting to move to a less-populated area where I can see Nature, not civilization. These are beautiful photos, Dianne.

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 8:17 am

      I love living in this area, Jacqui. I’m not necessarily ‘anti-population’ but I do tend to feel safer around natures creatures more than humans sometimes! At least animals are relatively predictable so you know when to stand and when to run. I lived very close to the city for about 10 years and that was certainly a weird and unpredictable ‘jungle’ 😀

      I’m so glad you like the photos xxx

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      • Jacqui Murray / Jan 10 2016 1:17 am

        You never worry about oddballs (the dangerous kind) arriving uninvited? What can you do so far away from everyone else? I’ve been looking at a massive ranch up in South Dakota, but it is acres of land–far from other inhabitants. I don’t know if I’d feel safe.

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      • diannegray / Jan 12 2016 6:28 am

        I sometimes worry about that, but having three big dogs downstairs makes me feel much more comfortable. Mostly I get tourists driving past and gawking at the house 😉 Strangely enough I was more worried about oddballs showing up when I lived in the city (which actually happened twice in as many years). And even though it’s remote here, we have a lot of neighbors who keep an eye out for each other. Go for it, Jacqui – it’s just so relaxing living away from the rat race 😉

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  10. sedge808 / Jan 6 2016 12:15 pm

    extremely sweet

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  11. jmgoyder / Jan 6 2016 12:24 pm

    Gorgeous!

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  12. anotherday2paradise / Jan 6 2016 12:33 pm

    I’m so sad for the loss of your friends’ father, Dianne.
    Elvis is a very lucky little fellow, and I love the name’s you’ve given to the finches. Do they answer to their names yet, or is that for the next episode? 🙂 Yes, enjoying time with the people we love is a great resolution for any time of the year. Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2016. xx

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 10:33 am

      It was a difficult time, Sylvia, but we look forward to 2016 with love and thoughts for others. Christmas is a hard time for a lot of people xxx
      I thought you’d love Elvis (he’s a great singer too). I screamed when he was run over by the tractor, but the little guy got up and flew away when I ran downstairs to ‘save’ him. I must have given him enough of a shock to get him back in the air 😉

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  13. the eternal traveller / Jan 6 2016 1:45 pm

    I am so impressed with how you managed to catch all these little cuties being still for long enough to get great photos. I know how fast finches are. Lucky Elvis, to survive the tractor experience. Do finches have nine lives?

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 10:36 am

      I thought he was a goner. He must have been in exactly the right spot in the big groove of the tyre to survive. He’s got nine lives alright! My screaming must have shocked him back to life 😀

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  14. Pagadan / Jan 6 2016 2:02 pm

    They are colorful and cute! And I hope you have a Happy New Year!

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 10:36 am

      Thank you, Joy 😀 A Happy New Year to you as well xxx

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  15. 1EarthUnited / Jan 6 2016 3:06 pm

    All the best for 2016! Sorry for your loss.

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    • diannegray / Jan 9 2016 7:06 am

      Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. All the best for 2016 to you as well! xxxx

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  16. prior2001 / Jan 6 2016 3:17 pm

    Mango is my fav too ❤️

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 10:36 am

      He’s SO cute! 😀

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      • prior2001 / Jan 7 2016 1:29 pm

        🐦🐧💕

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      • diannegray / Jan 8 2016 3:46 pm

        How do you get those cute little pictures? 🐦🐧💕

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      • prior2001 / Jan 8 2016 3:51 pm

        Hey there – I usually do that from the mobile phone emojis
        but sometimes I used to use this site
        :
        http://getemoji.com

        or I would copy and paste them from a blogger – but that was limiting – and did you know that the word of the year for last year was an emoji – I think it was – or an emoji made some list – and it was this one that was the most popular used

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      • diannegray / Jan 8 2016 4:01 pm

        Ahhhhh! I know I’ve got them on my phone, but I rarely use it for WP. I’ll go into the getemoji site. Thank you!

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      • prior2001 / Jan 8 2016 4:37 pm

        🙂

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      • prior2001 / Jan 8 2016 3:52 pm

        this one (sorry)
        😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂
        which by the way I never really use – hm

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      • prior2001 / Jan 8 2016 3:53 pm

        this one (sorry)
        😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂
        which by the way I never really use – hm

        http://time.com/4114886/oxford-word-of-the-year-2015-emoji/

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      • diannegray / Jan 8 2016 4:03 pm

        Okay – I’m getting all technical now for 2016! 😀

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      • prior2001 / Jan 8 2016 4:36 pm

        and guess what – you asked about it right when the blogger CP asked me as well – and so I decided to post about it – I was putting up a door and just added it on – so thanks for the idea – and have a nice techy kinda time… 🙂

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      • diannegray / Jan 9 2016 6:57 am

        I just saw your post – great work! 😀

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      • prior2001 / Jan 9 2016 8:18 am

        Thanks so much again – funny how a small little comment question at the right time can have a ripple effect – have a great day Authir Di! 💕❤️

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  17. jannatwrites / Jan 6 2016 4:52 pm

    Love the bird photos – I’m glad you circled the birds in the one photo – I wouldn’t have seen the female. I hope you were able to enjoy the new year in spite of the Christmastime mourning.

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 10:37 am

      The New Year is looking a load brighter, Janna xxxxx

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  18. davidprosser / Jan 6 2016 6:14 pm

    I’m sorry Christmas was so difficult for you with the loss of your friend’s father.I hope 2016 has brought a new start for you all.
    Happy New Year.
    I’m a little slower on the uptake this morning than usual (I hope) but for a minute I wondered why/how you’d gone to the trouble of recording when you built the fence and why you’d have your name on it. Doh !!!! I am awake now honestly.
    Such pretty little birds. I’m glad Elvis survived his encounter.It would be a shame to record he’d left the building.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 10:41 am

      Haaaa! I love it, David. I’ve had a few of my pictures pinched so I put my name on them now 😀 It would have been very cool to have actually etched my name on the fence 😉
      xxx Massive Hugs back at you xxx

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  19. Zen A. / Jan 6 2016 10:59 pm

    Sorry to hear about your friend’s father, Dianne. 2015 really did not want to go away without putting up a fight – I lost my uncle to a heart attack two days before New Year. 😦 That said… here’s hoping 2016 is better for everyone!

    And Elvis really does look like an Elvis! Haha, nice catch!

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 10:45 am

      I’m so sorry about your uncle, Zen. My sincere condolences to you and the family xxx
      2016 will be a better year for all of us 😀 I’m so glad you see the Elvis resemblance! 😉

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  20. Peter / Jan 6 2016 11:50 pm

    Loss is never easy. Sorry to hear about your sorrow — it’s amazing how some events can forever alter a holiday or a season.

    Love the little birds. All that flightiness is why I’ve never been a great bird photographer. I’m way too impatient to sit still long enough to get good shots!

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 10:47 am

      Thank you so much for your condolences, Peter. I hope you and yours are having a wonderful New Year. Here’s wishing 2016 will be a good year for all of us 😀

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  21. Susan A Eames / Jan 7 2016 1:24 am

    Sorry to hear about your friend’s loss, Dianne. Christmas is such a hard time to lose a loved one. On a lighter note: your birds are beautiful – and how coincidental that my latest blog post is about the wild birds I’m seeing around me this winter!!

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 10:47 am

      Oh – I’ll head over now to take a look, Susan! You know how much I love birds 😀

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  22. danniehill / Jan 7 2016 1:35 am

    I have trouble with the holiday season. Can’t really put a finger on it but it’s a tough time for me. Your home is a place of beauty with all the bird life, wildlife and openness. I know living in a farming community isn’t all roses and peaceful time, but the good times make up for the heavy machinery during the harvest season.

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 10:57 am

      I do too, Dannie. I don’t know what it is but I avoid the malls because the children singing Christmas carols makes me cry!

      Living in a farming community is interesting and I probably attend about 4 funerals a year because everyone is so close and we like to support each other in times of grief. It’s so different than living in the city because you really don’t know your neighbours and community as well as you do in the country. It does have it’s downside where everyone knows everyone else’s business, but that can’t be avoided 😉

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  23. Polysyllabic Profundities / Jan 7 2016 2:25 am

    The last two have been tough for me….but being with family makes it a little easier. Happy 2016 to you. xxxx

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  24. nrhatch / Jan 7 2016 4:40 am

    Want, sorrow, loneliness, etc. are more keenly felt at yuletide when everyone else walks around with “MERRY” and “JOY” on their lips.

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 10:59 am

      So true, Nancy. It’s like the world just keeps spinning and laughing while you’re standing still. But I’m up now, and determined to make 2016 a great year 😀

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  25. Charissa / Jan 7 2016 5:31 am

    Ha ha. I love the name Bluey. Great pics, Dianne.

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  26. roughwighting / Jan 7 2016 6:30 am

    Happy New Year! To loving our friends and family and always being there… maybe with an Elvis flying around our heads and a Bluey making us see red. 🙂

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  27. Maddie Cochere / Jan 7 2016 7:30 am

    Happy 2016, Dianne! These are great pictures. Do you ever get birds in your house?

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    • diannegray / Jan 7 2016 11:03 am

      It’s strange that you ask that, Maddie because I had two red finches try to build a nest at my kitchen window yesterday. They’re certainly feeling ‘right at home’ here! I just gently moved them along and suggested they build somewhere else, because that window needs to close when it rains 😀

      Have a great 2016, my dear xxxx

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  28. donnajeanmcdunn / Jan 8 2016 2:16 am

    I love watching birds. We put out all kinds of feeders for them all year long. This time of year the only red ones that have stuck around are the Cardinals. I can’t wait for spring to hear the little wrens, they’re my favorite even though they aren’t colorful.

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    • diannegray / Jan 8 2016 3:49 pm

      Bird songs are a joy to listen to! A lot of times a bird will sing a beautiful song in a tree near the RUC and I have no idea what it looks like, but adore the sound 😀

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  29. Bonnie / Jan 8 2016 5:56 am

    Happy New Year Dianne! I’m sorry you had such sadness over the holidays and happy you find such beauty right in your trees outside the RUC. You have brought these little birdies to life with such personality. I think Mango is my favorite too! xo and all things good for 2016 for you!

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    • diannegray / Jan 8 2016 3:52 pm

      All good things for you too, my dear Bonnie xxxx

      I’m so glad you like Mango – he’s such a little cutie 😀 🐦

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  30. Kate Johnston / Jan 8 2016 6:23 am

    What pretty birds. We have finches, but yours seem much more vivid. Must be all that Australian sunshine! I’m sorry to hear about your friend’s father, I’m glad you were there for comfort. Hugs and happy writing wishes for 2016!

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    • diannegray / Jan 8 2016 3:55 pm

      Hugs an happy writing wishes in 2016 for you too, Kate. I know you’re as passionate about animals as much as I am and these little finches are just so gorgeous 😉

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    • Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jan 8 2016 4:02 pm

      Dianne and Kate, I hope you don’t mind if I butt in, but I think that what the birds eat affects the vividness of their feathers. Seed availability is limited, of course, to location, so in some areas birds will be different colors. That’s why flamingos are often bright coral – they eat shrimp, and when their diet is something else, they are duller, more gray or white.

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      • Kate Johnston / Jan 8 2016 9:10 pm

        That makes complete sense, Sharon! I knew that about flamingos, but didn’t think to apply that knowledge to other birds. Thanks!

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      • diannegray / Jan 9 2016 6:55 am

        Thanks so much for this interesting info, Sharon.There are many seeds here in the tropics that these little birds eat and there is always something in flower (even in winter). I was reading somewhere recently that Polar Bears turn brown when there is no snow! The animal kingdom is amazing xxxx

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  31. Janna G. Noelle / Jan 8 2016 8:53 am

    Sorry for your difficult Christmas, Dianne. It must be so difficult to be in mourning when most of the world around you is particularly cheerful and festive.

    Your pictures are stunning as always. That finch really does look like Elvis! My favourite pic is him standing under the mango tree. Mmmm, mangoes.

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    • diannegray / Jan 8 2016 3:57 pm

      Mmmmmm – mangoes indeed! It’s mango season now and I’ve been having one with dinner every night (chicken and mango salad last night) 😉

      Thank you for your condolences for my Christmas. My friends are dong better now and we’re going to make 2016 the best ever xxx

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  32. pommepal / Jan 8 2016 9:34 am

    So sad when bereavement happens at Christmas time, I hope 2016 is going to be a happier family filled time for you. You are a very patient photographer to capture your baby finches. Of course you would have to call him “Bluey”, and Elvis and Mango are such cuties. Loved the comment about the swivelling hips when he sings… 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 8 2016 3:59 pm

      Haaa – that was a funny comment. I love the ‘upbeat’ friends we make on WordPress 😀 Someone also put pictures in their comment. I still don’t know how to do this or where they get them from, but I’ll copy and paste here 🐦🐧💕

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      • pommepal / Jan 9 2016 9:34 am

        Some people are so clever with WP. Love the little birds and hearts. Where did you find them?

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      • diannegray / Jan 12 2016 6:16 am

        Yvette put them in a comment and now she’s posted about it (although you may have already seen it because I just realised she posted a few days ago)
        https://inthezone2001.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/emoji/

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      • pommepal / Jan 12 2016 9:44 am

        Yvette is a clever lady I will check the link.

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      • pommepal / Jan 12 2016 9:45 am

        Yes I did see this one, good link…

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  33. Glynis Jolly / Jan 10 2016 1:33 am

    I wish we had red finches on our side of the big pond. Our color, from what I’ve observed, is yellow.

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2016 6:30 am

      Someone mentioned here in a comment that the colours depend on what the birds feed on in particular areas. But I love our finches, Glynis -sometimes I feel like I’m just living in a big tree house 😀

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  34. cocoaupnorth / Jan 10 2016 4:21 am

    Hi Dianne! I agree saying ‘hope you had a wonderful Christmas sounds like lip service’. I can relate to your post, I also attended a funeral (mother of a friend and neighbour) during Christmas time. My sincere condolences to you, your friend’s family and friends. All the best for 2016…*hugs*

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2016 6:35 am

      My sincere condolences for you and your friend’s family and friends as well, Cocoa. It’s such a difficult time for some people and now every Christmas will remind them of their loss. My friends are my two neighbors who are siblings. They asked me to read the eulogy at the funeral and I’m really glad I was able to do that (and keep a good handle on my emotions).
      I hope 2016 is a beautiful year for you and I love your hugs xxxx

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  35. Andrea Stephenson / Jan 10 2016 8:42 am

    It’s always a difficult time to lose someone, so I’m very sorry for yours and your friend’s loss. Those colourful chicks are a great sight to start a new year.

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2016 6:36 am

      Thank you so much, Andrea. Love, health and happiness to you and yours for 2016 xxx

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  36. ParentingIsFunny / Jan 10 2016 1:13 pm

    It makes me happy that you get so much enjoyment out of the lovely creature, flora and fauna, in your yard. And it gives me pleasure that you share them with us!
    Sorry about your friends’ father. May God rest his soul.

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2016 6:41 am

      Thank you so much for your condolences xxx
      I’m glad you get enjoyment out of my lovley (and often strange) creatures 😀 Many wishes for a wonderful 2016 to you and your beautiful family xxx

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  37. Amy Reese / Jan 10 2016 2:02 pm

    Christmas would be a really dififcult time to attend a funeral, Dianne. My sincere condolences. I just lost an uncle a few days ago, someone I thought would always be here. When it happens, you didn’t see it coming. I hope this year brings you fulfilling days of happiness and lots of peaceful, productive days in the RUC. I love the birds and their names. What wonderful photos. Still, I don’t know why I haven’t been receiving your posts. I’m going to catch up now! Happy 2016!!

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2016 6:46 am

      Thank you so much, Amy. Condolences to you and your family, my darling **hugs**
      WordPress sometimes unfollows me from people as well and I’m not sure why. It’s only when they comment on my blog and I haven’t seen them for a while that I realise.
      Have a wonderful 2016! xxxx

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  38. agjorgenson / Jan 11 2016 11:13 am

    Thanks for the good wishes for the new year. We too attended a very sad funeral over the holiday season. Life is often this strange and difficult experience of joy and sorrow coming at us hand in hand. But we take joy in beauty, and times together, and lovely photographs of birds. Best to you!

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2016 6:59 am

      Thank you so much, Allen. You’re so right about the joy and sorrow coming at us hand in hand at times like this. I think it hit me the most the day before the funeral when I was in the shopping mall and the children were singing Christmas carols. Condolences for the family of your friend xxxx
      I wish you and yours a wonderful 2016 and hope I can capture some more of those lovely birds for us all to smile about 😀

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  39. Karen Boroughs Lopez / Jan 12 2016 5:17 am

    Love your posts, Dianne!

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    • diannegray / Jan 12 2016 7:06 am

      Thank you so much, Karen. It’s lovely to see you here xxxx

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  40. restlessjo / Jan 13 2016 2:08 am

    How on earth do you manage to get run over by a tractor and keep on chirping, Dianne? That’s a trick I need to perfect 🙂
    Well aware that Christmas is not always joyful. I have a couple of friends with serious health issues who spent the festive season praying for a positive outcome and hoping it would not be their last. But we maintain the jolly facade. Hope 2016 is kind to you and those little chirpy fellows. (I think Elvis may have used up his quota of luck so tell him to take extra care 🙂 )

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    • diannegray / Jan 13 2016 7:09 am

      Elvis should have been re-named Houdini. Tractor tyres have very large grooves in them and I’m thinking he was just the right size to fit into one of those grooves. I screamed so much that hubby thought I was being attacked by something, but when I got to Elvis who had been flailing about on the ground he hopped to his feet and flew off. “You can’t wrap them in cotton wool” hubby said. Haaaa, thanks for the advice dear…
      I really hope your friends have the positive outcome they are praying for and 2016 is a wonderful year for you and your family, Jo xxx

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  41. Kourtney Heintz / Jan 13 2016 7:24 am

    I’m sorry you had to have such a sad event during the holidays. I love how the finch appeared. Definitely a symbol of better things to come! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2016 8:22 am

      Those birds must be a sign of beautiful things to come, Kourtney! Thank you xxxx

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  42. Minuscule Moments / Jan 13 2016 2:55 pm

    Dianne tough times, its never good to lose someone special and even harder at christmas. I am in love with your birds they are so beautiful, we only get to see them at the aviary here. Must be fun watching do what birds do in their own environment. I hope the New Year got better for you.

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2016 8:28 am

      The birds certainly have an amazing little community. They squawk and squabble over branches, but when the kookaburras or eagles come along they all join forces to fight them off. It’s amazing to see! 😀

      I hope you and your family have a wonderful year, Kath xxxx

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  43. EllaDee / Jan 13 2016 3:42 pm

    When we have to go through tough times having dear caring friends to share the grief with and lean on makes all the difference, it’s wonderful that even in your own sadness you were able to be so caring. On a happier note, the tiny birds hold their own in the character stakes. Ours -wrens- bop & chirp around the yard and are intrepid explorers. We’re so lucky to share our spaces with the wildlife 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2016 8:34 am

      It makes a load of difference having people around who care. I was honored to read the eulogy on behalf of the children (my two friends) because they knew they couldn’t do it on the day. It gave them the opportunity to say goodbye to their father and tell him how much they loved him.

      I’m sure the birds are a sign of new life and a fantastic year for all of us. I’m so glad you’re in your beautiful country home now! 😀

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  44. Sheila / Jan 14 2016 5:51 am

    I love Elvis (and now we know where he’s been hiding all this time). I hope he’s keeping you entertained with his singing.

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2016 8:35 am

      Haaaa! I love this, Sheila. Elvis has left the building and moved to the RUC 😀

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  45. jmmcdowell / Jan 14 2016 9:14 am

    Ooh, I would love to see someone as colorful as Elvis at our feeders this winter. 🙂 But so far, I haven’t even seen any cardinals. Ah well, I can always enjoy your photos!

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    • diannegray / Jan 15 2016 8:37 am

      That little red flash is an amazingly cute bird. We’ve just had another nest fledged, but this time they are sunbirds – I haven’t been able to capture them on film yet, but I’m trying 😀

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  46. Carol Balawyder / Jan 15 2016 12:23 pm

    I love your resolution of spending time with the people we love. In the end, that’s really what’s important. May 2016 be a great year for you and your loved ones. 🙂
    These photos are fabulous!

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  47. frederick anderson / Jan 16 2016 6:40 am

    Fascinating little birds – these tiny miracles of life never cease to amaze me!

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    • diannegray / Jan 16 2016 8:05 am

      They are amazing, Frederick! I could sit here and watch them for hours 😀

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  48. Naomi Baltuck / Jan 16 2016 5:04 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friends’ father, Dianne. There is nothing like observing new life to give one heart. Delightful documentation of your feathered friends! Last year we had juncos nest in the hanging basket outside our front window, and it never failed to distract us from our worries, and give us pause to wonder at the fragility, the tenacity, and the miracle of life in all its forms. Wishing you the very best for the New Year!

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    • diannegray / Jan 17 2016 6:54 am

      I couldn’t have said this better, Naomi. “…it never failed to distract us from our worries, and give us pause to wonder at the fragility, the tenacity, and the miracle of life in all its forms” – these are certainly beautiful words and so very true. Thank you xxxx

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  49. beeblu / Jan 17 2016 8:24 am

    Wonderful shots – love the one of Mango framed by the mango.

    It’s sad that we have to say goodbye to treasured lives. It’s a strange old universe that we inhabit.

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    • diannegray / Jan 17 2016 12:25 pm

      Very strange indeed, my friend xxx

      I’m glad you love Mango – he’s so cute I wanted to cuddle him! 😀

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  50. sedge808 / Jan 17 2016 2:41 pm

    ‘Hubby named him Elvis, because of his cool hairdo.’

    🙂

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  51. helpwithyourlife / Jan 18 2016 12:54 pm

    Love Elvis and the rest of the gang! You really captured them beautifully in photos Dianne! Sorry about how 2015 ended but lets hope for a wonderful 2016!!! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jan 18 2016 2:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Cathie 🙂

      I’m really glad you like the pictures, those little birds are my favourites. I hope you have a wonderful 2016 too!!! xxxx

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  52. Gallivanta / Jan 19 2016 6:44 pm

    A tough Christmas indeed but how grand to have the little finches to cheer you with song and fullness of life. When I was in Cairns in early December, there were sunbirds and curlews but I didn’t see finches. Perhaps they are not so common right on the coast?

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    • diannegray / Jan 21 2016 10:52 am

      I’m not sure. When we lived here in the 90s I can’t remember seeing them. We had sunbirds and curlews, but these little beauties didn’t feature at all – maybe they’re moving down from the mountains 🙂

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  53. Prior-2001 / Jun 5 2016 4:26 pm

    Hey author Di….
    so what do you do when you visit a blogger and there are no new posts?
    answer:
    you skim a few older posts –
    and find yourself enjoying it too (how did I miss the tractor part…. ahhhh – the times we skim)
    anyhow, hope your writing is going well and thanks for keeping me in your blog visit rounds – I am honored and love seeing your gravatar – have a nice weekend and talk to you later….
    🙂

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    • diannegray / Jun 7 2016 1:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Yvette. It’s been a very busy time for me and I’m trying to get some writing in as well 😉 This is the first day I’ve been on WP in a week xxx

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      • Prior-2001 / Jun 8 2016 10:58 am

        Well breaks for WP can be a very helpful thing – guess it depends on the season and all that –
        And sending you a hello while you are “in the zone” with any writing —

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      • diannegray / Jun 8 2016 2:25 pm

        Thank you xxxx

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