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Bumbarrels!

I think this has become my most favorite word, and I owe it to Quercuscommunity who got it from John Clare (quoted on the Quercuscommunity page): And coy bumbarrels, twenty in a drove, Flit down the hedgerows in the frozen plain And hang on little twigs and start again.  John Clare – Emmonsail’s Heath in Winter I may … Continue reading

Tales from the Yard

I have pledged that I will stop apologizing for not posting more frequently, because at this rate I would be apologizing constantly. I don’t know whether I don’t post because of work, or because there is just so much going on in the yard that I become overwhelmed by all the subjects and procrastinate. The … Continue reading

Strawberry Moon

You might notice that I started this post over two weeks ago from the title, for we are no longer under the Strawberry Moon but the Buck Moon. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This Full Moon … Continue reading

Really, I should just give them their own sets of keys…

Another month, another apology for my absence, especially to all those blogs to which I subscribe. I do get some of your posts on my phone and have enjoyed reading them, making a note to self to drop a like or a comment by, but obviously to no avail. I plead a writing commitment, that … Continue reading

Spring has sprang

  We’ve had the first batch of babies through here: baby Great Tits and Blue Tits (who together form a gang which dominates the airwaves and the feeders); baby starlings (ditto); baby sparrows (babies well-behaved, it’s the adults that are little highway bandits with the bird food, especially worms); baby squirrels; baby magpies; one baby … Continue reading

‘Pogrom’ is not the word I would use….

  …for the UK Grey Squirrel cull, although some others are not reluctant to toss it around. From the Telegraph: Andrew Tyler, the director of Animal Aid, said: “People have been responsible for wiping out the red squirrel. It’s an excuse to blame the grey squirrel. “They’re on a list of animals that are considered … Continue reading

On the Approach of Winter

  Quand je lou tans refroidier voi et geleir et les arbres despoillier et iverneir adonc me voil aaizier et sejorneir a boen feu leiz lou brazier, et a vin cleir en chade mason par lou tans fellon; ja n’ait il perdon ki n’amet sa garison. Although my graduate work had to do with Medieval … Continue reading

hey hey hey Hey Hey Hey HEY HEY HEY Hey Hey Hey hey hey hey… It’s Babywatch 2014

***Warning! Rant in middle of post! It’s summer, so we can either be aggravated by swarms or entertained by Baby Watch 2014.  The summer around here did not just begin with bees leaving their homes, but all kinds of birds fledging. We were actually privileged to watch a family of baby blue tits leave one … Continue reading

Public Enemies?

Depends on your perspective. Take, for example, the humble but cheeky-with-it UK House Sparrow (passer domesticus). Beloved in Great Britain where it is believed to be in decline. Who could think ill of anything with “domesticus” in its name? But in the USA, it is public enemy number one. Why? Because of these guys– Sialia … Continue reading

The Birds

Yes, capitalized on purpose, because it is supposed to call to mind Hitchcock’s The Birds.  Maybe you will understand when you look at this: I know they don’t look like much in this picture, but there were anywhere from 30-50 starlings repeatedly landing in the garden.  That was bad enough, but if you look closely … Continue reading

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