A Harbinger of Winter

A Harbinger of Winter

A few weeks ago I noticed a new visitor to my birdfeeders or, more specifically, the ground beneath my feeders. It was a cute, little, charcoal gray and white bird with a little pale beak. At first I assumed I was imagining the color... maybe I was just looking at a common sparrow with a dark shadow being cast along its back. Then I realized that it was a perfectly sunny day, and a perfectly sunny spot, and nothing else in the surrounding area was being darkened by a shadow.

Well, I'm pretty sure you know what happened next...

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More “Squirrely” Affection

More “Squirrely” Affection

After posting the completed squirrel pendant which was inspired by the critters in my yard (see Immortalized Squirrel ), I found myself checking out a couple more of the pictures I'd taken. It's really hard not to smile at these little faces, so I thought I'd share them with you before getting back to work...

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Bird Discrimination (or The Grackle Invasion)

Bird Discrimination (or The Grackle Invasion)

As a woman of color this is going to be a shameful post to write. I mean really, I should just know better ... but the truth is that earlier this year I was a true blue, dyed-in-the-wool, full-blown bird discriminator. "What," you say, "how can this be... you... discriminating??" Well, let me explain...

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Squirrel love

Squirrel love

I know that to many people they're little more than pests, but to me squirrels are the clowns of my yard and I melt like butter whenever I watch one sit up and eat. The truth is that I have an unabashed, gleeful infatuation with these furry little comedians. Maybe it's the little paws holding the treat like a kid might, maybe it's the speed at which...

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The first bird feeder

The first bird feeder

Birds have been a fascination of mine for as long as I can remember. You’d think I had spare time to burn given how much of it I can spend (a.k.a. waste) watching them. You’d also probably think I’d have long ago set up bird feeders and birdhouses all over my yard in order to attract them … you’d be wrong. That obvious step only happened at my house for the first time this spring. Wow… what I’ve been missing!

If asked a few months ago which bird species frequent my yard, I’d have said "robins, sparrows and, once in a blue moon, a cardinal or two." Man oh man was I out of touch. It’s a veritable aviary back there, and all it took for me to notice it was bit of seed and some suet. Needless to say one tube feeder has since quickly grown to...

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