Good Fences and Wild Birds

Good Fences #137
Wild Bird Wednesday #223

This week, I have a good fence with attitude–namely, a Carolina Wren. It seeks and devours all those creepy crawling and flying things that bug us. I’m glad we have a resident pair to claim our backyard as their territory. 

Fall colors also creep into the landscape. I’m trying not to notice. At 83F today, I’m lingering in a summer state of mind. Fall is too fickle for me. I want to get up, pull on shorts and a tank top and know it’s going to be comfortable all day long. 

Carolina Wren

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Wild Bird Wednesday #213-Osprey

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Mid-August, we wandered some back roads along the Rappahannock River on our way home after a weekend with family. The Osprey perched on this limb where it had a literal bird’s-eye view of the river. Evening approached, time to look for a little something for dinner, and fish was on the menu. 

The camera lens extended into digital zoom, and I shot from inside the car, elbows anchored on the door to serve as a tripod. Frame after frame, I couldn’t get a clear shot. I finally realized the car’s idle caused enough vibration to interfere with clarity. Hubby shut off the engine, I got this shot, and called it a day. 

Below is one of about a bazillion reasons (slight exaggeration) to stay inside the car. It’s yellow-fly season, and those little buggers bite! On vacation a couple years ago, I had a run-in with them. Apparently, I tasted a lot better than hubby. They drew blood! We didn’t stay on that beach long.

Patiently waiting on the other side of my car window.

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Wild Bird Wednesday #212–Brown Thrasher Fledgling

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Last week I shared the Brown Thrasher. This week it’s back, and brought its offspring. The adults build the nest together, and share incubation duties and feeding.

The North American Breeding Bird Survey shows the Brown Thrasher’s numbers declined 41% from 1966 to 2014. Along with loss of habitat, this website states: They can become unintended casualties of pesticides that people use to control insects, including organophosphates used in pecan plantations, dieldrin used on fields, and heptachlor used to combat Japanese beetles.

Brown Thrasher adult
Meet the baby! Love that blue eye.
Hungry baby!
Baby’s fed, time for a relaxing bath!


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Wild Bird Wednesday #211-Brown Thrasher

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The Brown Thrasher hasn’t been hanging out in the backyard lately, unless we were on different schedules and I missed it. Not having any good bird photos to share this week, I was happy to find it perched atop the feeder pole this afternoon. Interesting that it chose to sit atop the head of the ornament. One would think the feet would hurt. 

Brown Thrasher
Keep an eye on the sky!

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Good Fences & Wild Birds

Good Fences #123




and Wild Bird Wednesday #209

Sharing a good fence surrounding TASTE one of our new favorite places to eat…



and an American Goldfinch I spied in our wildflower meadow. 

Hubby has a birthday this weekend, it’s been a busy week of planning possibilities-wanting to surprise him, yet needing his input. Today is our weekly lunch date, so I may have to “let the cat out of the bag.” 

It’s funny to think some of the idioms we’ve used for years may have a younger generation calling People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)  to report us. 😉



Wild Bird Wednesday #208–American Crow

Wild Bird Wednesday–American Crow, Adult and Juvenile

Crows are usually skittish, but lately, these two spend a fair amount of time in our yard. Often I hear the caw of the juvenile somewhere on the roof, and usually find the adult looking for food, or waiting for the juvenile to join it on a bare branch in the oak tree. Normally skittish, it seems odd the adult will sit atop the feeder pole, looking down at the empty dish until I fill it. Yes, I’m easily trained. 

The smaller songbirds keep their distance until the crows leave–usually with a Northern Mockingbird on their tail, telling them they’ve worn out their welcome.

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