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Pretty Wild

Nature is incredible. It’s inspiring. it’s constantly changing, yet offers rock-solid predictability at times. There is no other place that rejuvenates my soul than to exist among the trees and grasses, clouds and wild flowers in my world. While it can be ferociously cold,… Continue Reading “Pretty Wild”

Too Cute!

As I drive out to the pastures on my ride-arounds, as I call them, I am cautious as I enter a new area. Often, my presence scares off a few birds that are doing what birds do. But if I stop and settle, they… Continue Reading “Too Cute!”

Singing Field Sparrow

I used to have this notion that sparrows were just ordinary birds and they were, well I’m going to be honest, sort of second-class bird citizens. That was when I wasn’t very educated nor very respectful of all the various species that exist in… Continue Reading “Singing Field Sparrow”

Composition vs Content

If you have read my recent ramblings about the competition between House Wrens and Bluebirds, you might believe that the little brown wren has fallen quite out of my favor. I will admit that witnessing their aggressive nature towards innocent baby chicks has seriously… Continue Reading “Composition vs Content”

I Love This

Last month, an Eastern Bluebird couple nested in a box on the north fence line (#13), but within a couple of days of hatching, the chicks were killed by House Wrens which then built their own nest on top of the Bluebirds’ nest. It… Continue Reading “I Love This”

There’s A King In The Meadow!

The Eastern Kingbird is one of my favorite birds. It has a noble name and I happen to believe it behaves in quite a stately manner, which supports that royal moniker. It’s a fairly large bird. That means that my old, reduced-vision eyes can… Continue Reading “There’s A King In The Meadow!”


Last week I posted about nest site displacement of Bluebirds by House Wrens in a post called Straw vs. Sticks. I included photos of the Bluebird couple that had been attempting to solidify ownership of box # 16 at the entrance to Sham’s Paddock.… Continue Reading “Surprise!”

Straw vs. Sticks

This isn’t a story of the three little pigs. Rather, this is the saga of the House Wrens versus the Bluebirds. It’s a somewhat sad story. For that reason, I want to make something clear. Although I was a scientist for twenty years (working… Continue Reading “Straw vs. Sticks”

Imprint Process Failure?

While I was sitting near the stand of grass where the Indigo Buntings frequent – trying to get some good shots – I heard this tiny chirp. Then, another and another until I was able to locate the source. It was an itty bitty… Continue Reading “Imprint Process Failure?”

Brilliantly Blue!

There’s a small stand of tall grasses not far from our house to the north. Often, when I am coming back to the house from a drive around the fields, I catch a glimpse of blue. There are a few Indigo Buntings that seem… Continue Reading “Brilliantly Blue!”