Category: Nature

State your Name!

It’s not common to see a Northern Bobwhite away from the cloak of the under brush, and especially not too far off the ground. On occasion, I hear one calling in the woods at a height that tells me he’s either an exceptional ventriloquist,…

Hungry Mouths To Feed

On June 30 I posted photos of two Bluebird nest boxes which contained lovely blue eggs. Well, they hatched. I haven’t opened the boxes, but the parents of both nests are taking food to their young. We refer to the next box in the…

A Dead Thing With Two Birds

Two days ago, when I checked the Bluebird nest box at the east gate to Jaye’s pasture, I discovered something I did not expect! It was a little mouse…and a bunch of his turds. I tried to encourage him to exit, but he retreated…

Lookie Here!

In my post, Who’s Out There? from July 6, I wrote that I hadn’t yet filmed the Great Blue Heron that I see quite often as he flies from the north end of the pond when I enter that area. His massive wings flap…

Honorable Mention

It’s clear that I like birds. I love to watch, feed, photograph and listen to them. However, birds alone do not a complete experience make. Most trips I take with the intention of seeing and photographing birds, I bring home a few shots of…

My Favorite Color

“What is your favorite color?” I don’t know why we feel so compelled to ask children to identify a singular hue as their best one. But, as a kid I always answered, “Blue!” Eventually I realized that there’s more to life than the primary…

Who’s Out There?

There’s a site called e-Bird that encourages “birders” of all levels to upload data about the birds they encounter (https://ebird.org) When you input your location, it provides a checklist of the birds you are most likely to see in your area. I recently used…

We’re Expecting!

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, we have recently added ten new nest boxes to the property. I’m happy to present the future generation of Eastern Bluebirds. First is the couple at the Southeast box, at the entrance to Sham’s paddock. Every time…

The At-Home Naturalist

Let’s get one thing straight.  I’m not an ornithologist.  Yes, I played one in college.  That’s accurate.  In 1982 I spent six months in Monte Verde, Costa Rica studying the “Nest Site Displacement of Hoffman’s Woodpeckers by Emerald Toucanets.”  That was a long time…

The Jelly Jar

When I discovered that we had Orchard Orioles on the property, I decided to makes their lives a bit more juicy by offering sliced oranges in several locations where I had seen them. We encountered the male in the now-overgrown former herding arena and…