Tag Archives: birds

Range Update

I’d never seen a bluebird up close until moving to the Missouri Compromise. There are a lot of them around. They’ve got a nice sound.  They seem like the kinder, gentler cousin to the robin. As I mentioned in the … Continue reading

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Home on the Range

There are a lot of things I like about Missouri, having lived here for almost three years.  It’s a pretty state.  I live in the foothills of the Ozarks; I like rolling land, I like rock, I like hardwood forests … Continue reading

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Compromise Critters

As I’ve mentioned, I was hoping for close encounters with wild animals when we moved from suburbia to the country.  Specifically, I was hoping for mammal encounters. That hasn’t happened like I hoped it would.  But, there are critters around, … Continue reading

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Soundtrack

I call my husband the human jukebox.  He’s always humming, whistling, or occasionally bursting into song.  Unfortunately, the musical selection runs to advertising jingles, children’s songs, or hymns.  None of which appeals to me. But the woods around us provide … Continue reading

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Anguished but determined

“I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can still do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do.”                                                                                          Helen Keller   One … Continue reading

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Twelve Months

I started a baseline journal soon after we moved here. Every couple of days, I write what I’ve seen around the homestead, or heard. What the weather is like. What’s blooming or about to bloom. That kind of stuff. A … Continue reading

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Quality of Life

Word has spread around the ‘hood; the action at the bird feeders has really picked up. We both love the woodies and we’re getting both downys and hairys as well as our favorite, Big Red, the red belly. He’s much … Continue reading

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Feeeed Meee

We sprouted a leak in our garbage disposal and I’ve been waiting for the plumber.  So I got to spend some time watching the bird room. There is a little field mouse or shrew or vole that has made a … Continue reading

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Seasoning

The bird room is hopping.  Lots of sparrows and mourning doves at the moment, but this morning I saw blue jays and cardinals, as well as chickadees.  I love this time of year. Red wing blackbirds are mostly gone, as … Continue reading

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Gifts and Gratitude Part 1

It might have been our second summer here in development hell when a couple of house finches elected to build a nest in some clematis I have growing on a trellis.  Of course, I didn’t know they were house finches … Continue reading

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