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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

And just in time for Halloween…

One of my favorite bird sites. Lesley is both knowledgeable and has a close relationship with the birds she observes. I especially like the honesty in this video.  It is so easy to demonize the wildlife that does not conform to our woefully ignorant views of nature, while blissfully celebrating others because we perceive them … 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

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

Summer loving

Yes that time again, the first fledges of the season. And, as per usual, we are overrun with babies and their frantic parents. They are more work outside the nest than in You will notice how the female blackbird runs to the edge of the oil tank (for that is the attractively decorated platform they … 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

It’s like an episode of the Three Musketeers around here…

As in the recent BBC series. There are duels, there is sex, there are duels that look like sex and sex that looks like duels.  There is birth, there is death. No, I’m not talking about the action indoors, but of that outdoors, namely among the birds. First the duels: Our yard has been divided, … 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

Did I Just See What I Think I Saw?

Moaning about the Weather The weather is and has been what anyone in the UK would call ‘pants.’  Not just for the last day or even the last week.  More like the last two weeks with no end in sight.  It’s not just the rain, but the cold, winter cold.  We have had heating on, fires … Continue reading

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