Pocket of joy: Birds at the feeder

I love the way the birds sit in the tree or on the post and wait their turn at the feeder. I love the term “pocket of joy.” I first heard it on a Netflix reality show when one of the main stars, speaking of his difficult growing-up years, also spoke of the pockets of joy that…

Where are the cardinals, sparrows and doves?

Our bird feeders come out in late Autumn each year and are put away again in the Spring, specifically to keep visitors like this one from destroying the feeders and throwing the pieces into the woods… The feeders are filled now, and the bears are resting somewhere for the Winter, but many of the birds…

At the feeder: Chickadees

The little chickadees flit in and out so quickly that it has been difficult to photograph them… My birdie looked wise  With his little black eyes, As he peeked and peered from his perch at me With a throbbing throat and a flutter of glee,  As if he would say–  Sing trouble away, Chickadee, chickadee,…

Winter Birds: Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee facts: The Carolina Chickadee looks very much like a Black-capped Chickadee, with a black cap, black bib, gray wings and back, and whitish underside, but Carolina Chickadees are found in the American South, while Black-capped Chickadees are found in the North.   In a narrow band from northern New Jersey to Kansas, however, Black-capped and Carolina…

Beauty In the “Dark Days of February”

How many people experience the “dark days of February”? For many years, I taught at a boarding school where every year the headmaster gave his “dark days of February” speech to students. It was during the month of February that students wanted to go home. Academic performance sometimes declined.  Students hated the school; hated the…