Tag: Wild Birds

Four and Twenty Blackbirds

There’s a Mother Goose nursery rhyme that starts with the words: Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye, Four and twenty blackbirds Baked in a pie. A few weeks ago, I realized that our resident Red-wing blackbirds had all “flown the… Continue Reading “Four and Twenty Blackbirds”

Locust Tree Pods

When I was a child, we had a Locust Tree in the backyard. The tree reminded me of Africa because of the wide, horizontal growth pattern of its branches like one might see in an image of the Africa plains. However, I now know… Continue Reading “Locust Tree Pods”

A Promise

Today, all around our farm, I see the promise of a future for many of the lovely wild birds that reside here year ’round, or which will travel through during migration. Wild raspberries are in bloom. These native bushes form large brambles in the… Continue Reading “A Promise”

Ever Observant

I love the White-crowned sparrows that spend the winter here. Not only are they adorable, little birds but they tend to perch for a moment before moving onto their next activity. That makes them easier to film than some birds. They take the time… Continue Reading “Ever Observant”

Cutie Carolina Wren

As part of the new feeder station that we (aka my husband, Robert) built on my office patio, there’s an old tree trunk that we drilled holes into where suet could be stuffed. As soon as we put it up in place, birds came… Continue Reading “Cutie Carolina Wren”

Proper Way to Eat a Suet Nugget

A Red-bellied woodpecker and a White-crowned Sparrow arrive at the platform feeder. The Sparrow selects a peanut-suet nugget and shows it off to the Woodpecker. The Woodpecker observes, then selects her own, delicious peanut-nugget. The Sparrow turns to fly away, but drops his nugget… Continue Reading “Proper Way to Eat a Suet Nugget”

Winter Friends

Some bird species migrate long distances between the breeding and non-breeding seasons. Others are full time residents. Here are a few birds that I consider welcome friends during our chilly winters. We live on a line between the Black-capped Chickadee and the Carolina Chickadee… Continue Reading “Winter Friends”

INDIGO

A flash of blue, and it’s gone. The Indigo Bunting is a little bird that moves about quite quickly. They do come to feeders, but I’ve chosen to not put out seed this summer – first because I think we provide ample native seed… Continue Reading “INDIGO”

Aerial Acrobats

The Barn Swallow chicks, which have occupied several mud nests under the eaves of our house and buildings, are soaring. Yesterday, I sat waiting for the Indigo Buntings (future post) to arrive at a spot near the house where they tend to come for… Continue Reading “Aerial Acrobats”

Ten Days of Snapshots

I’m sharing some of my favorite images from the past ten days. Enjoy! Ruby-throated Hummingbird The number of hummers we have observed at our nectar feeders this year is down significantly from years past. I’m happy that I was able to get a decent… Continue Reading “Ten Days of Snapshots”