Mourning Dove in the feeder

Last week I posted about a Brown Thrasher in my bird feeder. They are ground feeders, as are Mourning Doves, but there also has been a Mourning Dove in the feeder. Usually, the doves gather on the ground under the feeder to forage for the birdseed that has fallen. I also deliberately scatter seed on…

Brown Thrasher in the feeder

Brown Thrashers are ground feeders, and I had never seen one in a bird feeder before until recently. They literally thrash around on the ground, mostly under trees and bushes, to uncover insects and grubs. But during our recent snow I spied this one in the feeder just outside my kitchen window…

Red-bellied woodpeckers in the snow

Red-bellied woodpeckers are commonly seen in the eastern U.S. in woodland and forest areas. I see them year-round, and they usually come to the feeders in the mornings. Even though the brightest red coloration is on their heads, they are not known as Red-headed woodpeckers but instead as Red-bellied because of the red that also…

Cardinals in the snow

I know so many people who say that they’ve never seen a cardinal in their garden or in the feeder and others who say it is very rare to see one. I see cardinals year round, and they sometimes come in great numbers to my bird feeders. They usually come in pairs. And they’re very…

A little snow

Here in the Deep South we get snow, but we also get ice, and often it’s layers of ice and snow. It makes travel treacherous and causes trees to fall on power lines and homes. Last weekend, Winter Storm Izzy moved into the area where I live and brought a layer of ice, topped by…

Learning German

Sometimes I develop an intense interest in something, pursue it and then either drop it outright or let it fade away. I stopped trying to learn Spanish (I have Spanish ancestry), although I still enjoy listening to music in Spanish. I also stopped trying to improve my French, which I did study in high school…

Here is the world…

The past two years have been filled with difficulties and hardships and terrible things around the world. They also have been filled with much beauty and love. Cheers to the New Year, as we look ahead with courage to whatever might come our way.

Autumn sunset

It’s been a long time since I witnessed a sunset from my front porch. But I’m no longer driving to my father’s house every day to help care for him and then coming home after dark each evening. Sadly, he passed away on Tuesday after eight months of being in at-home hospice care. He was…

A little more Autumn color

I’m still traveling every day to my father’s house almost an hour’s drive away. He remains at home in hospice care, and this week we were told he probably has only two to three weeks to live. His decline can be seen daily, and he no longer knows who I am. At the age of…

Late October

Brilliant colors on the Red Maple this year “I remember it as October days are always remembered, cloudless, maple-flavored, the air gold and so clean it quivers.” – Leif Enger