Tag: carolina wren

Disheveled

Poor little Carolina Wren is getting a bit tousled by the intense wind as she clings to the branch of a small shrub and attempts to do a bit of preening. I’m happy to have captured these images. When I first saw movement in… Continue Reading “Disheveled”

Rear Window

In the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie, Rear Window, Jimmy Stewart plays a photojournalist who recently broke his leg. To alleviate his boredom while confined to a wheelchair, he takes up peering out of his back window at his neighbors. When we first built our… Continue Reading “Rear Window”

Obscured

Birds live in trees. I get it. But, why do those branches have to get in the way of a pretty photo? Yesterday, after several days of overcast skies, rain and then snow, I endured the cold in order to take advantage of a… Continue Reading “Obscured”

A Caged Bird

A few weeks ago I began seeing more European Starlings around our place. A couple days after that, a large flock descended into the tree tops. Starlings are an invasive species that can cause havoc on native cavity nesting birds. That doesn’t mean they… Continue Reading “A Caged Bird”

Winter Sunshine

Yesterday, I went out to the pastures for the first time in seven days. The weather and work commitments had prevented me from getting outdoors. I really needed it. It is truly my happy place, and it offers me almost a meditative experience. The… Continue Reading “Winter Sunshine”

No Gloves!

After many days of flurries, freezing rain and more rain… finally the sun came. All was well with the world…well, except for the mud. I hate the mud. If I didn’t have several dogs that required time outdoors (in the mud), I wouldn’t have… Continue Reading “No Gloves!”

Subdued

I’ve said this before – I am an amateur photographer and a newbie “birder.” Sometimes I evaluate my projects against a standard that I’m trying to reach, rather than for what I actually see before me. Today, I headed out to see what was… Continue Reading “Subdued”

New Species

Every time I see a new species of bird on our property, I get excited, and sometimes awestruck. Who knew that birds of all different types would find us? We live in a very rural area surrounded by thousands of acres of land that… Continue Reading “New Species”

Getting the Shot

I remember growing up in a small town in northern Illinois in a typical neighborhood. Like us, many of our neighbors had your standard, concrete bird bath and a feeder or two to welcome the wild birds closer to home. Just outside the door… Continue Reading “Getting the Shot”

The Elusive One

Since I first learned how to recognize the vocalization of the Carolina Wren, I heard it nearly daily throughout the summer. The birders apply the phrase, teakettle-teakettle-teakettle to distinguish its song. it’s a crisp, clear tune that I heard bursting from several different locations… Continue Reading “The Elusive One”