Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Critterquake

By now, you probably heard about the 5.9 earthquake that hit in Virginia and was felt all the way up the East coast.  I was sitting in my home office, as usual, thinking about what to blog  today, when the whole room started shaking.  

All was okay, but I think my outdoor friends were a bit shaken up!




Ned Nuthatch:  Whoaaaaa .... what's happening!


John Sparrow:  I... I.... I ...... dunnknow......


 
Pope Cardinal Jr.:  This thing is swayin'!



Sally Starling:  I can barely hang on!



Red-bellied Woodpecker:  Hold on tight everybody!


Ned Nuthatch:  I think it's over everyone!


Pope Cardinal Jr the 2nd:  Well, that was a real feather ruffler!




Harriet Hairy Woodpecker:  Are you sure it's okay to let go?



Harry Hairy Woodpecker:  Honey, you best hang on a bit more!



Charlie Chickadee:  That's right Harry.  May be another one coming, whatever it was!





Hilly Hummingbird:  I barely felt anything you guys.  What are you all talking about?





Fabio Finch & Fabio Jr:  Hey, you guys on the ground!  Everything okay down there?




Mrs. Pope Cardinal:  Oh my, oh my ... I thought it would never end!



Darth Vader Squirrel:  I'm staying right here for a while!





Roxanne Mama Squirrel:  Vader Squirrel, get your lazy self up.  There's no time to lay around.  We've got little ones at home to care for!







Groundhog Chuck:  Well, I think, I think, I think, I'll just sleep
above ground tonight ya'll!


As usual, I didn't have to worry about what to post today.  
These guys came to my rescue!

Until next time,

~sharing with~

73 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh, too cute! love that splayed out Darth Vader Squirrel! and such a great array of pretty little shaken-up feathers!

Ginny said...

The hummingbird picture is gorgeous!! And the cute groundhog. We live right at the epi-center, less than an hour away, man was it scary!!

Jill said...

Each one of these with your narration are priceless! Glad you're ok!

Michaele said...

Oh very good! The have such sweet faces. My daughter was in a motel in Colorado last night, on the third floor and she felt it.

Debbie said...

what a great series of pictures and as always, i love your story!!

it was my first earthquake, it was fairly strong here in jersey!!!

Deanna said...

wow, haven't had the TV on today, so did not know about the earthquake..glad all is well and that the critters came out with only ruffled feathers...great photos and once again, terrific storytelling!!

Lois Evensen said...

How timely! I love how you know just EXACTLY what your critters are saying. ;)

Evelyn S. said...

Oh so funny! I can't believe you recorded the birds that way! Just wonderful. (I LOVE Darth Vader!)

What a place you must live in...to see that many animals like that!

Ashley Sisk said...

LOL that's so funny. I had the dumbest look on my face during the quake.

Florida Farm Girl said...

The earth is really supposed to be still and not go wiggling around like that. We didn't feel it down here, of course, but when I lived in Las Vegas we felt the big one in Northridge, CA. Glad your critters are all okay. (And you guys, too.)

Elizabeth Grimes said...

I love the Darth Vader squirrel! I didn't feel it up here in NJ, but some of my neighbors did! So thankful not much damage was done and no injuries (that I've heard of).

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Too funny!!! Of course we felt too--I can understand the critters being upset about it, but people were calling to see if we were still open--Hated to tell them that yes indeed, they had to come to their dental appointments! :-) Are you feeling any of the aftershocks?

Jillsy Girl said...

Your hummer pics are exceptional!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Reena, your narratives are so hilarious! The pics are amazing as well.

On a serious note, I'm glad you're okay and no serious damage occurred.

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

It's always such fun stopping by here. You little critter shots amaze me!

Margaret said...

And what a rescue! Loved the whole thing and so did my girls. :) We felt it here in NC.

Barb said...

Your photos are such fun! so glad to hear there was minimal damage and no injuries with that quake . . .

Saun said...

Love your blog today had me laughing.:)

Jazzi said...

Looks like they were holding on fur dear life!! Such a cute post.

wags
Jazzi

Sylvia K said...

Oh, how fun! What a great post for the day and I do love Darth Vader Squirrel!! Love your photos and such beautiful little birds! Delightful as always, Reena! Thank you for the smiles! Can always use some of those these days!

Sylvia

mick said...

Great series of photos and the captures are perfect for the day!

Oliag said...

Cute!

Didn't feel a thing here in RI!

ladyfi said...

Fabulously adorable shots!

Glad to hear everyone is OK. An earthquake is a frightening thing.

gina said...

How do you do it, Reena? Such a timely and funny post. Your critter friends certainly cooperate with you to produce a good story. Glad everyone is okay.

Misty said...

What I would give to sit in your yard for a day! Welcome to the usual activity we feel out here in CA all the time. :)

fjällripan said...

How scary with the earthquake...Great photos showing all the birds and that poor little squirrel. The last animal I have never seen, looks like a minibeaver...

Have a nice day!

Michael Offutt said...

I'm gonna turn some of your pics into wallpaper on my computer. Thank you !

Jenny Woolf said...

Lovely photos. I wondered if any of the critturs showed signs of anticipating the earthquake. I've been reading about animal behaviour before earthquakes, and also apparently you sometimes get certain cloud formations in the sky (though I must admit that seems unlikely to me - it's just anecdotal).
You do have most beautiful birds in your garden!

Hilary said...

Now I'm convinced that it wasn't an earthquake at all but all your woodpeckers working together. Adorable post, as always, Reena. That hummer shot is amazing!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - hope you got through the shake, rattle and roll!

Have to say the humming bird shot is wonderful!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Woody said...

You have such a great variety of visitors and the captions are great. I hope to one day get some nice hummingbird shots, at least I have the subjects now, unlike the woodpeckers.

LE CHEMIN DES GRANDS JARDINS said...

Excellent série de photos.

Bravo,

Roger

Arija said...

It seems like you all got 'all shook up'. Glad it was nothing major and all those critters got through it all right. An earthquake is always a bit of a scare.

Joe said...

I don't think Pope Cardinal can stand many more earthquakes :). LOL!

ABDUL SAMAD said...

wow nice pics

Madi and Mom said...

MOL this is hilarious...I agree with Darth Vader stay low that is what I did!! Hugs Madi

Cardinal apperance: We have several red cardinals who look about as disshevled as yours. Do oyou think they are ill or could they possible be young ones of the season still getting their feathers? C

justine said...

I can't believe how much wildlife you have in your garden and how beautifully you capture it all. Glad to hear you are ok, it must have been terrifying.

Catherine said...

Very scary ~ I'm glad everyone looks to be OK!
xo Catherine

holdingmoments said...

Reena, absolutely brilliant! Had tears of laughter, especially when I saw Darth Vader lol

Cheryl said...

Awesome! Just brilliant!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Lots of house shaking here during the quake - my pictures were really rattling on the walls. At first I thought it was big wind gusts, until they kept going and I noticed the leaves on the trees weren't blowing. Your bird pictures are excellent!

Birdman said...

Earthquake? These critters are shaking all the time, anyway.

Gary said...

Wonderful post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Daryl said...

I am in love with Chuck .. I adore that sexy overbite ..

christinemyoung said...

Pope Cardinal Jr the 2nd is a wreck!

Louise said...

So, Darth Vader Squirrel is a chicken at heart. Shoulda known. That was a wonderful story, full of great looking birds, even if they were all shaken up. Did you hear that many of the animals at the National Zoo reacted strongly to the quake, and that some became agitated before it began?

Ms. Becky said...

these are truly some fab photos. I love seeing how hummingbirds hold their feet during flutter. that is one beautiful photo, but they each are so intriguing. thanks for the chuckles. happy day to you Reena.

Brian Miller said...

beautiful pictures...love squirrels...yes know all about the quake...i am 75 miles from the epicenter...the world went liquid for a bit there...and sounded like the bricks were chewing on each other...

My Journey With Candida said...

What a cute post. This is the first I have visited your blog and am happy I found it. So cute!!

My Daughter felt the tremors up in Northwestern Pa. I live about an hour above Pittsburgh and didn't feel a thing.

jennyfreckles said...

Ha, that's really clever. Love the squirrel flat on the ground. Glad you're all OK. We can do without scares like that!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

This is too cute! I'm glad you and your backyard birds (and squirrels) are okay! :)

Springman said...

I hope your world has stopped shaking! I heard Fox news report the earthquake occurred along Obama's Fault!

Andrew said...

A wonderful post... great images and it's good to hear you and all your wildlife are OK.

Me said...

Happy post.Excellent.

zooperson said...

House Lady, you are the best! We Southern Californians know a little something about earthquakes and having one's camera at the ready is about #451 on the earthquake prepared check list, but I'm glad you did. I look forward to reading your blog--love your poetry especailly Does He Dream. Well done.

lisa said...

Too sweet Reena!
It was a strange thing. Here in NY, I felt nothing. My son was just a mile away at the gym, where it sent a mirror on the wall, crashing down.

bon bon said...

silly, flighty hummingbirds. ha!

dona said...

Feeling an earthquake is a very bad experience that not rarely occurs here in Italy. I'd never heard of one in the East side of USA before. Is it quite a rare event or am I wrong?
Anyway take good care.

Jennifer RIchardson said...

oh clever friend,
I don't think I've laughed that hard
over a blog post
in a very long time:):):)
...thanks for the grins
and the sense of humor
that will keep you on your feet
through many a tremor!
-Jennifer

Regina said...

Beautiful images..all delightful! Love the hummingbird and the squirrels!!

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Love the first one... great motion shot!

Gail said...

Your photography is amazing!

S. Etole said...

Love the expressions you catch on your critter friends!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my! Great photos and fun story! That Darth Vader gets me every time! I just HAVE to go back and get another look at him! ♥ Does he KNOW how handsome he is? ♥

Mental P Mama said...

My Villanova baby bird was awakened from a sound sleep. At 2 in the afternoon??? sigh

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Pleased you're all ok! Love Hilly Hummingbird photo!

Pat said...

I love this post with all the wonderful photos and funny captions! So clever!

Hilke Breder said...

Looks like you caught them all in the moment, Reena! Wonderfully expressive pics!

bobbybegood1 said...

What can I say? That was just perfect. I loved Hilly Hummingbird. With all her fluttering around I can understand why she couldn't feel a thing. Great play, renna. Cheers!!

Victoria said...

What a fun series of images! I swear that earthquake scared the you-know-what out of me! Thought the house was coming down and I'm about 100 miles from the epicenter.

Back to your images... a marvelous series of captions to go with them... such a fun read! Love the hummingbird and the squirrels... lazy Darth indeed! :-)

Sondra said...

Perfect captions for your Wonderful photos..
Darth Vadar Squirrel..too funny!!!

Neil said...

Great post love the captions

Larry said...

Super post Reena! I love your quotes from the critters. The woodpeckers seemed unconcerned and I love the hummer's quote ;-)

All the photos are great, especially Harriet and Hilly!