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Backyard Life

Beware What You Promote —

The Yard is just incredible in that there is always a plethora of flying life in all colors crisscrossing and stopping for a quick snack on seed. In a previous entry I mentioned we had attracted a Field Mouse and should have realized this was a harbinger of things to …

Jac Is Here —

We have a new critter in the Yard, a Field Mouse. Seems my Cinderella (Anna), who said “I do” to me 50 years ago this month, has accepted the mouse as part of the Yard family. As long as the mouse does not upset bird-life, it is welcome to scamper …

Vibration —

Our property is alive. Not just in the plant livingness sense, it’s also alive in the vibration sense. I have always had a kinship with trees and plants, especially when I feel a need to touch trees that I am about to prune or when I have to cut roots. I …

Progress —

In two previous entries for the Backyard Life I made mistakes.  The two incorrect entries were in Born Interloper and “Grandmother.”  We subsequently learned that the bird in the Born Interloper entry was not a Blue jay but rather a Tufted Titmouse.  I was informed that this bird is often confused with …

Butterfly —

When a Butterfly lands on a flower does it know the experience of pain and worry? Is it consumed with the trappings of daily life? Is it nothing more than a higher form of stone without thought, feeling, just an instinctive actor? Or, does it understand, feel and take pleasure …

Unruffled Feathers —

As expected our daily Blue jay visitor has sloughed-off the large wing feather that looked like a vertical stabilizer for a few days.  Our Unruffled Feather friend still flies beautifully and it is a pleasure watching the bird swoop back and forth through the Yard before making stops at the …

Ruffled Feathers —

Seems we all get Ruffled Feathers at one time or another.  Such is the case with our favorite Blue jay visitor who stopped for sustenance.  The additional vertical stabilizer did not create a problem moving around the yard, in fact there were a number of stops to both the feeder …

Looking and Actually Seeing —

It’s been just beyond two months since Anna came to me and told me she wanted her Yard back.  In a previous entry I mentioned Anna had just come through protracted recuperation from several medical issues, and what She has caused to happen just outside our back door is amazing. …

Serendipity —

I have been a photographer for many years and have traveled quite a bit to find the subjects that interested me or that I needed for a job.  Anna’s Yard had been an eye opener for me because all the richness I’ve found with my Girl was right outside our …

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 …