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May 2016

The Wind Must Be Free

No more can we grasp the wind passing through the trees on a chilled winter night Than quell the need for freedom in the face of life that attempts to drain every ounce of individuality Life that demands balance to earn the credits that support personal freedom and self-expression But maintaining balance between …

The Garden Flourishes —

When Anna came to me some weeks ago and told me she wanted her garden back, we should have known she would re-attract all the critters and birds she used to enjoy.  But it was a number of years and expectations change – but the reality of my Girl did …

The Answer From Canada —

Well the answer to the entry “Perplexed” came from Canada.  The bird was identified as a “House Finch” and the description fits nicely.  The real give-away should have been the difference between the Finch’s beak that is conical and lighter in color and the beak of the Sparrow that is …

Perplexed —

Anna and I have become pretty good at identifying the critters and birds we now see in our yard, but we are Perplexed about one bird we cannot positively identify.  It looks like a Thrasher, has some color and characteristics of a large sparrow, but its demeanor is very different. …

House Sparrow —

Yes, we also have the ever present House Sparrows that pop-in for a quick snack and get into the oddest places.  Unlike more prominent flyers, they seem to hide in bushes and head for the bird feeder if the coast is clear.  When larger birds or area protectors like the …

Farming Critters —

John, my Son, was in the front yard and saw a small green plant growing in the middle of the lawn.  When he pulled it up, thinking it was a weed, he found it was a rooting peanut.  He brought the plant to Anna and told her we have Farming …

The Thrasher is “OR” —

You may recall from a previous entry that Anna was helping a Thrasher that did not fly because of an injured leg.  Well, in military terms I can report that the Thrasher is now back and “Operationally Ready.”  Though we never approached the bird, we made sure there was ample …

Yes, It’s Happening —

A week or so ago Anna mentioned to me she thought the Cardinals would probably be having little ones in the near future.  Seems birds use the trees for everything and activities were observed that lead one to conclude all is well with Cardinal procreation.  Yesterday I sat out and …

Born Interloper —

The Blue jay is beautiful, but probably a Born Interloper.  In the case of our yard, the ever present territorial Cardinal would probably agree.  Where other birds might have a problem with peanuts, the Blue jay seems to be quite at home swooping down from a branch picking-up the largest …

“Grandmother” —

I mentioned “Grandmother” in the previous entry and thought I should let you know why the work “haggared” applies.  Unlike the female Cardinal in the previous entry, this bird does not have the smooth coloration and although it seems to fly well, does not display the energy of the other …

Masters Of The Flyways —

If you are a pilot, you know the air above us is criss-crossed by numbered airways that cannot be seen because they are made up of transmitted radio frequencies displayed on aircraft instruments. If you have seen white contrails of high flying aircraft you will probably see them in the …

Hoarders On The Land —

In a previous entry I mentioned the activity of Chipmunks and I recently found out we have Natures true Hoarders On The Land.  While their bigger brothers the Squirrels take peanuts and are given to eating them now, Chipmunks seem to believe winter is coming and will stockpile food for …

The Doves Are Back —

Over 6 years ago we used to have a group of doves that would feed around the bird feeder.  There were usually 4-7 birds walking around on the ground in the morning or late afternoon.  The problem with ground feeding is that area cats often lurk in the bushes or …

Towhee Quandary —

There is another bird that has been around for several weeks that looked initially like the Grosbeak,  However, on close examination the Eastern Towhee’s coloration is different and we can now make the distinction.  What drew Anna to the bird was the attention one bird was continuously giving to a …

Grosbeak’s Have Skipped —

Anna did some research on the Grosbeak and found out that they Hop-Skip-Jump from place to place on their trek north.  Evidently they show up all of a sudden to places where the groceries are plentiful, logger-in for a few days, and then are gone as quickly as they arrived. …

One Issue Leads To Another —

We’ve found that success is great, but one issue leads to another.  We moved the peanuts away from the deck to save the flower beds and it “kinda” worked.  However, we also began to notice the peanuts were disappearing so quickly it made no sense.  Squirrels and birds usually will …

Be Careful What You Wish For —

We’ve come to the point where “Wishing for Squirrels and Chipmunks” to feast on peanuts has taken a bit of a turn.  Seems we were very successful, but the little ones also have started to dig in Anna’s flower beds causing a “warp in the time continuum.”  We know it’s not …

Update: Groceries and Water —

Groceries and water are needed by all and making them accessible to the hurt Thrasher in our yard seems to have helped.  For the first time the bird flew up onto the bench on the back side of the yard and then to the top of the back rest – this …

It Worked —

It worked – our hurt Thrasher makes its way to the “groceries” scattered at the base of the bird feeder and Anna called when I was out and told me also drinking water from the Tupperware top left not far from the same area.  All seems good – perhaps the …

Anna Was Correct —

Anna was correct, the grounded Thrasher in our yard has an injured left leg.  Having spent most of my military career on flight status, it makes sense not to fly with a bad landing gear.  We’ll expect the leg will heal and will leave plenty of “groceries” on the ground …