Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Eagles...who knew?

There are bald eagles in Connecticut for sure.  In fact, I saw one one in a tree near a river last year.  There are quite a few that nest and breed along the Connecticut River around Essex.

What I didn't realize is that there are eagles nesting next to railroad tracks and and a busy roadway a few towns over.  There is water nearby and they don't seem to mind. the traffic.

They are barely visible in the photo above but they are very visible from the road.

Because I watch the Decorah Eagle cams every year, I already knew that they often build more than one nest usually not far from another.  This pair does have alternate nests.

Last year this pair hatched and raised one chick and made it into the news outlets. Of course, I hope they have a successful breeding and hatching season this year, too.

Having seen bald and golden eagles in  in zoos, nature programs, and online, I have to say that seeing them in wild in nature just makes my heart sing.  They are huge and beautiful. There are often people in the parking lot across the street taking photos.  There is a fence near the railroad tracks to the eagles are protected from human encroachment.  The eagles pay no attention.  Who knew they would breed next to railroad tracks and a busy commuter road?


Back to arty stuff here...

Here are a few paper crafted items I made this past week to swap with a friend.  I want to mention that I used paper and embellishments I already owned.  There is a mini scene in an inexpensive plastic box we purchased at a craft store.

Do you like snail mail and real greeting cards?  If so, you  might want to try making some!   Try tearing paper into squares or rectangles and stack them with white glue. Cut out a picture from a magazine or some other image and glue on top...very effective. I use my own artwork but I also use lots of scrapbook paper for backgrounds.

We had two glorious days of temperatures in the 50's.  Now we are back to cold weather.  There is so much snow piled up around here.  Our street is a lane and a half wide.  We need more melting.

How about you?  Have you been bird watching? Making things?

Maybe you work full or part-time outside the home and are busy with responsibilities of combining home and work...or maybe you are caring for a loved one/ones.   Whatever you are busy with, I hope that life is treating you well.

February is on its way into the past.  We inch towards spring and warmer weather. This is good!

As always,

enjoy the day!


Simply Shelley said...

My son saw a pair of eagles not long ago on one of our back roads. He was so excited. They are magnificent creatures indeed. I am working on a new crochet project but I am always thinking of doing some paper crafting. I always enjoy seeing what you are working on. Everything you create is special....... blessings friend

Anonymous said...

Hi Helen,

"My" eagle usually arrives in April, often around the 5th. I look for him every spring, and like you, my heart sings when I see him, he is so beautiful, and a reminder of how strong nature is, in the face of adversity.

I do enjoy snail mail, and I used to be so much better at sending it. I think about paper crafting a lot of the time, but it doesn't come easily to me. Right now, I'm thinking about doll making again, for some reason. I haven't made a doll in a very long time. I'm hopeful that this year my dad's health will hold steady, and that life will allow more energy to go towards such things.


paris parfait said...

Eagles are always wonderful to see. As for snail mail, it's so rare these days, it's become quite the treat. Good ideas about crafting your own cards.