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“Cool” News

On June 5, 2022 I received the following note: The record of one Hoary Redpoll on 6 January 2022 in Brownstown, Fayette County,  for which you provided documentation,  was recently accepted as valid by the Illinois Ornithological Records Committee (IORC).Your documentation will be housed… Continue Reading ““Cool” News”

A Few Fun Shots

I feel lucky to have captured a Gray Catbird harvesting twigs for a nest. Here are a few images of the melodious Dickcissel. This species spends an amazing amount of times at the top of trees singing a raspy song. Here’s a Brown Thrasher… Continue Reading “A Few Fun Shots”

The Future of Housing

Back in April (I can’t believe it has been that long) I posted about the PVC pipe Bluebird boxes I designed and Robert and I created. The concept of using 4″ PVC isn’t new to the Bluebird nest box scene, but the ones that… Continue Reading “The Future of Housing”

A moment in thought…or not

I snapped this shot of a female Red-winged blackbird at our pond. I assume she was building a nest, but one never really knows.


Yesterday was my birthday. Robert and I spent the afternoon putting up some new bird boxes and generally having a nice time (wine was included.) Of course, if I saw something worthy of filming, I pointed my camera. I filmed some of the birds… Continue Reading “Foxy”


There is no morality in Nature. No Right. No Wrong. It is, as Darwin discovered and penned for the world to ponder, “survival of the fittest.” So, while my heart feels a bit heavy to share this, it is what it is. The Bluebirds… Continue Reading “Competition”

Marital Bliss?

Observing wild birds, especially during the breeding season, reminds me how closely related we are to other species. At the beginning of the breeding season, Tree Swallow pairs must find a suitable nesting site. It can be a “natural” cavity, or one that was… Continue Reading “Marital Bliss?”

Little Cuties – Grebes

On a cold and dreary day last week, I saw this pair of Pied-billed Grebes negotiating fairly substantial swells on our farm pond. I think these birds are super cute. They swim very low in the water, are small and often hang out around… Continue Reading “Little Cuties – Grebes”

Spring Happiness!

Yesterday, I checked the nest boxes. From a look-see a week ago, I knew that we had two boxes with a couple bluebird eggs each, so I couldn’t wait to see the progress. BOX # 21 (southwest end of property) Last year, this box… Continue Reading “Spring Happiness!”


I know that many, if not most of my posts are about the world outside my home – the incredible wild creatures that live in our farm-gone-wild and remind me how important it is to embrace nature as often as possible. But, inside my… Continue Reading “Dogs”