This week we’re looking for Starts with B, Week’s Favorite, and Creature.
B: Brown-headed Cowbirds
Week’s Favorite and Creature: Mourning Doves snoozing in the sun on a chilly day.
Thankful Thursday: Snow Day
A snow day is not something I look forward to, but today, I’m thankful to have one. For a little while at least, it seems like the world slows down. There are fewer cars traveling the road in front of the house, and they’re driving a slower pace. The snow muffles some of the sounds. With 5-inches of snow, a lot of birds show up at the feeders. Well, it was quiet for awhile!
We’ve been seeing a lot of this lately:
Here you can see the red flashes of the Red-winged Blackbirds:
European Starlings join in the fray:
Starlings have a way of cleaning out the feeder to make sure everyone gets something to eat:
The bunny still visits daily, usually early in the morning (hubby says so), or late evening–sometimes middle of the night.
Thanks for stopping by! Would you like a cup of White Chocolate Peppermint tea? That’s my new favorite. Hubby tried it, now I have to SHARE!
Yikes! It’s almost the weekend!
It’s time for Random 5 Friday! Join in the fun and share five random thoughts about you, your day, your kids, your pets, whatever! Here are mine:
Linking to Random 5 Friday
Last Wednesday, upon exiting the back door to feed my feathered and furry friends, my ears were assailed by the most non-melodious melody. The squeaky-hinge of Common Grackles was the first voice identified, blended with the shrill cries of European Starlings and Brown-headed Cowbirds. Alfred Hitchcock’s movie came to mind immediately.
I slipped quietly from the shelter of the shed and large oak tree, and peered through the openness to the next stand of trees and found them filled with the silhouettes of birds. Of course, the camera was in the house. I hurried to retrieve it and snapped some pictures to share with you.
Many of them were brown-headed cowbirds. The adult males are black with a brown head. Females and juveniles are brownish-gray. They were named for their habit of following herds of bison and cattle where they foraged for insects, grain and seed. They are a brood parasite, forgoing nest-building and incubating, laying their eggs in the nests of other birds.
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