Telling the Truth

connecting the dots of my life

Tag: backyard birds

The unsung life of birds | Photos

Junco huddles in bare lilac bush one day after the storm

Swarming outside our kitchen window
They take speedy targeted turns
Though not always with good manners
Flocking nonstop to the one thing
They need this season above all else –
A turn at the table set for everyone

The pecking order becomes clear
In the space of about three minutes

Red-bellied woodpeckers take top honors
Clearing the deck and wrapping themselves
Around the feeder in order to get that
One big seed and retreat to the nearest tree

Feisty cantankerous house finches follow quickly;
Swarming house sparrows hog the food and linger
Fighting furiously for the best seat at the table;
Chickadees and tufted titmice land, grab and go;
Red and white-bellied nuthatches often prefer it
Upside-down and are gone in a flash,
Favorite seeds gripped in razor-sharp beaks

Brilliant male cardinals and their mates hover
In nearby shrubs, watching for an opening
Though he frequently shoves her to the
Sidelines where she patiently (?) waits her turn
Beside sweet grey and white juncos sitting
On the porch rail watching for just the right
Moment to swoop in and grab a bite or two

Isn’t it wonderful to write scripts for the birds? I wonder what they would write about us.

This week we’ve had ample time to study the seed and suet feeders. Generally speaking (in case you’re wondering), ubiquitous gray squirrels are being deflected from the impenetrable bird feeder, thanks to the recently hung suet feeder. They prefer trying to bite through the suet screen, hoping to break in and grab the whole cake!

David took the photos above and below the day after this week’s wild wind, snow, sleet and ice storm. Enjoy!

The morning after the storm

House sparrows

Nuthatch on suet feeder; yes, the squirrels managed to spring the cage, but not far enough to deliver the whole cake!
Now fully secured, assuming they can’t bite through small padlocks….

Red male cardinal feasting

Female cardinal and a white-bellied junco

I pray this closing week of Advent brings hope and peace into parts of our lives that are difficult at any age.

Elouise

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 19 December 2020
Photos taken by DAFraser, 17 December 2020

Not Hanging Out

Two Butterflies

Painted Ladies hanging out on a path at the Longwood Meadow – Shall we Dance?

Dear Readers,
After nearly two weeks of hanging out with our daughter and son-in-law, along with other family members who live in this area, I’m happy to be back to a more normal routine.

Nonetheless, I am most unhappy Read the rest of this entry »

hazy blue background

Red Belly Woodpecker 2 Feb 2015

hazy blue background

softens harsh late winter freeze

warms rustic feeder

or

open air café

no reservation needed

fresh frozen suet Read the rest of this entry »

soggy leaves

soggy leaves tremble

twist in breeze cling to damp twigs

reluctant to drop

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It’s a rainy, foggy day

A good day for taking a little nap

Reading and writing

Watching  backyard birds

raid the suet feeders

Listening to the drip drip of drizzle

outside my window

Enjoying another day of rest

and recuperation

Unwilling to give up now

I’m a persistent woman,

reluctant to drop!

Wishing the same for you.

Elouise

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© Elouise Renich Fraser, 4 January 2015

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