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Hummingbirds & Apple Blossoms

Hummingbirds & Apple Blossoms

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds & Apple Blossoms I’m working on an entry about covering the high tunnel. Yes! It’s covered! The photos have been taken and resized. I’ve even uploaded them. Until that’s ready, enjoy a couple of ruby-throated hummingbirds (Archilochus colubrisat) apple blossoms. These little tornadoes are taking on every bird that comes to the feeding station. There are three females this year, up from the usual two. I’m not sure how many males are here because they’re too busy trying…

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Leucistic White-Throated Sparrow

Leucistic White-Throated Sparrow

Leucistic White-Throated Sparrow A puffy white face caught my attention early Monday morning. I couldn’t get a good look at the bird through the branches of the hydrangea tree in the few seconds before it disappeared. It took until from Monday to Thursday to get a good look and determine that the bird is a leucistic white-throated sparrow. This morning, now that he’s comfortable being here, I was able to stand on the sun porch and take a few photos…

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Merlin (Merlin columbarius) on the Homestead

Merlin (Merlin columbarius) on the Homestead

Merlin (Merlin columbarius) “Klee-klee.” I heard the high-pitched call but was too far out the door to stop mid-step.line, The predator, afraid of me, flew away. The garden was littered with the jay’s feathers. It flew, barely, and I lost track of it while I looked for the other bird. I expected to find a Cooper’s or Sharp-shinned hawk; a merlin hadn’t crossed my mind. At the top of a tamarack sat an unusually fat blue jay. I scanned the…

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Relocating Bird Feeders – Bird Protection Program

Relocating Bird Feeders – Bird Protection Program

Relocating Bird Feeders I’m relocating bird feeders today because of a merlin. This merlin. It’s taking advantage of the bird feeders a couple of times a week. Yesterday’s hunt was a disaster. This is the best way to put an end to the merlin’s opportunistic hunting and help the small birds. Predators have to eat but enough is enough. The merlin bombed through the 15 foot space between the house and my truck, where the bird feeders are located, and…

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Harlequin Duck Tour

Harlequin Duck Tour

Harlequin Duck Tour It was snowing and windy. White caps broke around the lobster boats in Stonington. Steve, Taylor and I were invited by Tammy and Dennis to go on the Harlequin Duck Tour with their birding group. Previous plans for the day fell through and when I accepted the invitation, I thought this plan would, too. On a boat out to see in the snow with the wind and the waves and…were we crazy? I didn’t start to get…

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Hey There

Hey There

Hey There Hey there! I’m still here, and I’m grateful that you are as well. Thanks for sticking around while I write this book. This is good timing for me to be quiet here. There’s not much going on at this little homestead in the woods. It’s still snowing. There’s still a foot of snow in the woods. It’s still winter here though I can finally feel spring coming. The deer are leaving the woods to browse on patches of…

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Winter Mornings on the Homestead

Winter Mornings on the Homestead

Winter Mornings Winter mornings have taken on a new way, or more accurately, returned to old ways. I woke this morning, excited about the day ahead, and snuggled up to Steve. As of last night my freelance writing days are on long-term old…or maybe over. I’m still working on cutting back and refocusing, and I’m making a lot of progress. I’ve kept one publication, Walden Publishing, and let the rest go so that I have time to finish writing a…

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Birds! That Day Went to the Birds

Birds! That Day Went to the Birds

That Day Went to the Birds! Ray the raven has been making a pest of himself. He lands in the duck pen to have a drink of water from their pool. The ducks don’t like big birds but they’ve gotten used to Ray. Being an opportunist, if a duck laid an egg in the pen Ray made it his morning snack, and I missed that until I found egg shells a couple of times. And then he began to let…

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