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Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas from mon@rch

Dear Santa,

Last year I was a little greedy with a request for a Nikon D200 and a trip to Costa Rica!! Although I should have known it was a little too much to ask . . . . I am very thankful for the 6 lifers you were able to stumble upon for me! I tried to be extra good this year and would love to get the DVD – Planet Earth or any other nature videos. This will keep me entertained since television has been so boring lately due to the writers strike. Locating a few White-winged or Red Crossbills would be the icing on the cake for the season!! Please??? I know they are in the area and wouldn’t take much for you to convince them to spend a few days at my feeders??

If possible, could you be extra generous to all my flickr friends and blogging buddies? They are very kind hearted people and making them happy would be the best Christmas Present ever!! I am very lucky to say that I am always learning from them and they are always finding a way to make me smile! Hmm, what about those Young Naturalist??? Could you be sure to place a few more nature books under their Christmas Tree?? LOL, feel free to tell them I said so!! Have a safe trip across the world and see you again next year ~ !

Sincerely,
TOM
(aka mon@rch)

Holiday Cookies
Christmas Cookies for EVERYONE!

Merry Christmas . . . I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Holiday!!


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43 responses

  1. Merry Christmas!

    24 December 2007 at 12:27 am

  2. Merry Christmas, and many, many more Redpolls!

    24 December 2007 at 12:59 am

  3. Mmm… this post made me hungry.

    Happy Holidays!

    Oh, and sorry for stealing your trip to CR this time around… πŸ˜‰

    Cheers,
    Nick

    24 December 2007 at 1:13 am

  4. Kate

    Fantastic photo and really cute entry. Glad to know Virginia isn’t alone.

    Best holiday wishes to you and yours!

    24 December 2007 at 2:27 am

  5. Have a great Christmas, Tom.

    (I can’t imagine why you’d want to visit someplace with no lake-effect snow, anyway.)

    24 December 2007 at 3:19 am

  6. Marg

    Merry, Merry Christmas Tom to you and all your young Naturalists too-one in particular ;D)

    So it’s too greedy to ask for Costa Rica huh? Yeah I guess you’re right-how about a Pine Grosbeak for me Santa? and btw we could have used your help yesterday

    24 December 2007 at 5:39 am

  7. (Wiping the crumbs from my mouth)… yum! Thanks for the cookies! Shhhh…. my dad will be getting the Planet Earth DVD set. Fortunately, they don’t live that far from us, and he trusts me to borrow his things. :c)
    A very Merry Christmas to you and all the Young Naturalists as well Tom.

    24 December 2007 at 6:53 am

  8. Lisa at Greenbow

    Dear Tom aka Mon@rch, I am sure Santa will try to grant your wishes since you have been such a good boy.

    It has been delightful getting to know you through your fun educational blog. I will be looking forward to reading more this coming year.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year, Lisa

    24 December 2007 at 6:55 am

  9. Tom you are shear joy!

    24 December 2007 at 7:53 am

  10. Merry Christmas!

    24 December 2007 at 8:15 am

  11. Merry Christmas Tom, and I hope that Santa brings both of us the Planet Earth videos. I am looking forward to seeing you check off your lists on the blog again in 2008…

    24 December 2007 at 9:01 am

  12. I very Merry Christmas to you also Tom!

    24 December 2007 at 9:15 am

  13. @ Erie – Merry Christmas
    @ Trixie – Merry Christmas and I hope for you also!
    @ Nick – Hey, I thought you were in CR right now? I have noticed you had a few post but thought they were scheduled to become live!
    @ Kate – thanks and happy Holidays!
    @ Marvin – thanks and Happy Holidays! Do note that after Christmas I am ready for going to an area with the birds!
    @ Marg – Merry Christmas and do you think it is enough time for an amendment to my list?? I would also like to add Pine Grosbeaks for you and me!!
    @ Jayne – they were good, right? The Planet Earth is what I got the Young Naturalist for Christmas (they got theirs already)! It’s a wonderful series but hope Santa comes through for me!! !
    @ Lisa – I do look forward to another fun year and thanks for being such a great friend! Happy Holidays!
    @ Toni – Thanks and Merry Christmas
    @ M Light – Merry Christmas
    @ Jeremy – Merry Christmas to you and your even larger family! I have to start thinking about my end of the year list and yes, get ready for my 2008 checks!
    @ Garth – Merry Christmas to you!

    24 December 2007 at 11:09 am

  14. Merry Happy Christmas to you too Tom!!!

    24 December 2007 at 12:43 pm

  15. I hope Santa brings you the birdies you want to see and the Planet Earth DVDs!! And more nature books for the young naturalists! Have a very Merry Christmas Tom!! Mmmmm, those cookies are some of my favs!

    24 December 2007 at 1:49 pm

  16. Merry Christmas, Tom. I always enjoy your posts. Those cookies are among my favorites.

    24 December 2007 at 1:49 pm

  17. NatureShutterbug

    Merry Christmas! You and your young naturalists are a year-long Christmas gift. Thanks so much for all you do for nature and wildlife.

    24 December 2007 at 2:20 pm

  18. Hehe, love the first photo!

    Happy holidays to you & yours as well, and may you get at least 6 more life birds in 2008 πŸ™‚

    24 December 2007 at 2:30 pm

  19. Merry Christmas Tom, I am asking for the D300 but I have a feeling that it doesn’t quite fit in Santa’s budget this year, anyway it has been a joy conversing with you and I hope the Holidays are wonderful and the new year brings you much joy πŸ™‚

    24 December 2007 at 2:38 pm

  20. Kaz

    How cute! Merry Christmas and a Happy 2008 to you. Those cookies look absolutely yummy!
    -Kaz

    24 December 2007 at 7:12 pm

  21. I leave for CR the day after Christmas. There won’t be any live-blogging from down there but there will be plenty of posts when I get back. Right now I’m hurriedly trying to finish some posts I’ve meaning to do before the end of the year.

    24 December 2007 at 7:35 pm

  22. Merry Christmas to you Mon@rch. Thanks for the cookies!
    (I’ve got a common redpoll on my Christmas list too….I didn’t think it was too much to ask for)

    24 December 2007 at 8:04 pm

  23. Ok, how many of those cookies are left? HA! HA!

    Merry Christmas to you, too, Monarch. I hope your wishes come true.

    24 December 2007 at 9:27 pm

  24. @ Lynne – thanks and Merry Christmas
    @ Pam – I also do! Merry Christmas!
    @ Martha – Merry Christmas and fav cookies of mine!
    @ NatureShutterbug – Merry Christmas and thanks for your kind words!
    @ Adam – Thanks and would love 6 more lifers! Without traveling, they are much harder to get around here! Merry Christmas
    @ Bernie – O O A D300 would also be nice! Merry Christmas
    @ Kaz – Merry Christmas and they were Yummy!
    @ Nick – IC . . . . I can’t wait to see what post you are able to come back with! Have fun and Merry Christmas!
    @ Ruthie – Merry Christmas and watch your feeder, they have been showing up everywhere recently!
    @ Mary – Hmm, none?? LOL Merry Christmas my friend!

    24 December 2007 at 10:16 pm

  25. Mon@rch,
    I hope all of your Christmas wishes come true. You have been a favorite find during 2007. My family celebrates Channukah, but we always welcome Christmas cookies — especially those beautiful handmade kinds just out of the oven. Let me go get a glass of milk. All the best birding to you in 2008.

    25 December 2007 at 1:58 am

  26. Merry Christmas Tom and thanks for the cookies. Cookies are my favorite food!
    I believe our count guru counted some of those crossbills, although I haven’t seen the tally yet.

    25 December 2007 at 7:13 am

  27. Merry Christmas, tom. I hope Santa brings you what have you asked for. If not, I can send you a photo of a Red Crossbill that I took when we first moved to Washington. They stop by our yard every now and then, and it is quite thrilling to see them. Hope you have a wonderful holiday.

    25 December 2007 at 10:29 am

  28. Merry Christmas! How did you make it snow???? How did you get in that ornament??? ha ha ha πŸ™‚
    You were good, I’m sure Santa will be nice.

    25 December 2007 at 11:06 am

  29. @ Crayons – Happy Channukah to your family and cookies are yours for sure!
    @ threecollie – Merry Christmas and glad you enjoyed the cookies and very cool with the Crossbills! Hope the group got them!
    @ Robin – Merry Christmas and so don’t I! I still have faith they will snow up to my feeder but that would be great!
    @ Chicago – The great gods of having your blog posted by WordPress.com! Didn’t you know that I am stuck in that ornament? Some reason I am stuck in their every year! LOL Merry Christmas!

    25 December 2007 at 11:42 am

  30. A very Merry Christmas from the Birdfreak Team!!

    25 December 2007 at 1:00 pm

  31. Merry Christmas! I loved the Planet Earth series. I heard the DVD was good and had a different narration. You’ll have to tell me which you liked best!

    25 December 2007 at 10:16 pm

  32. Tom:May the Spirit of Christmas leave its rich blessings in the hearts of You and Yours.Wishing you a healthy and nature filled New Year!
    P.S. Santa brought me the ~planet earth~ DVD series! :)NG

    26 December 2007 at 12:18 am

  33. @ Birdfreak – thanks and Merry Christmas
    @ Rurality – I love Sir David Attenborough and couldn’t think of anyone better to have done the narration!
    @ Naturegirl – thanks and Merry Christmas to you! BTW: I also got Life in the Underground which is another great one to include in my collection!

    26 December 2007 at 7:28 am

  34. pwrbrdr

    Merry Christmas! We are headed to Hershey today and will likely stop in Mifflintown to try for a male Bullock’s Oriole. It would be a nice Christmas present for the family! I hope you get your crossbills soon!

    26 December 2007 at 8:15 am

  35. Tomek

    Hey! Merry Christmas! “Santa” brought the Planet Earth Series for me. Very nice. Best wishes for the new year.

    26 December 2007 at 10:51 am

  36. winterwoman

    I love your ornament pictures! This one may be your best yet!

    26 December 2007 at 2:39 pm

  37. Hope you got what you asked for. Nice photos! I would ask for a new pair of Swarovskis and a scope too-but I know that Santas on a budget this year.

    26 December 2007 at 8:03 pm

  38. @ JOhn – thanks and hope you had fun at Hershey!! Do they run amusement parks this time of the year?
    @ Tomek – thanks and it is a great one for sure! Happy Holidays to you and your family!
    @ Winterwoman – thanks and not sure if I like this one or last years better!
    @ Larry – thanks and my older Elites are still going good but new ones would be nice!

    27 December 2007 at 7:28 am

  39. I hope your Christmas was everything you wished for and more, Tom!
    What a cute picture of you in the ornament, and those cookies look perfect!
    I gave up sugar at the beginning of November, but I did have one little cookie on Christmas day. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. πŸ™‚

    27 December 2007 at 9:27 am

  40. Best wishes for the New Year to one of my favourite wildlife photography sites! I try and take as many photos of English wildlife for my blog as possible, and yours is one of the sites I visit for inspiration.

    27 December 2007 at 10:56 am

  41. nice work Tom – how could Santa resist? (ps. I agree with ladybug – what a great shot!)

    28 December 2007 at 1:59 am

  42. This Christmas has been great! Hope it was fun for you! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!

    28 December 2007 at 12:02 pm

  43. pwrbrdr

    No park, my grandmother is in a nursing home there. We all saw the oriole though! It was fun for the family!

    28 December 2007 at 9:47 pm

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