A Little Bird Told Me…I Need Another Reel Mower

We saw a Scarlet Tanager from our window this morning. I managed to get a couple of those grainy snapshots using the point and shoot you love so much. And then I got an idea--get another reel mower. At first, what I was going to do was donate the old reel mower to Habitat for … Continue reading A Little Bird Told Me…I Need Another Reel Mower

Bill and Coo Offer Poop as Down Payment

Bill and Coo, the Mourning Doves, are still checking out our window box. Coo seems to like pecking at and smashing down the flowers on one side, which Bill readily aids and abets. The question is, can they afford it? Does this represent a "want" or a "need" sort of purchase? We're at best ambivalent … Continue reading Bill and Coo Offer Poop as Down Payment

The Robin Hams It Up

Most birds are pretty camera shy, but Robins seem to enjoy hamming it up. This one seemed to strut and pose for pictures. I got a couple of OK shots with a point and shoot. Frisky squirrels and Bluebirds are another matter. I don't know how much better I could get with a DSLR camera, … Continue reading The Robin Hams It Up

Nature’s Way: Bluebirds vs Sparrows and Humans vs Sparrows

This morning I noticed something sticking out of our neighbor’s homemade Bluebird nest box. I watched from our window and it was difficult to see what a Sparrow was doing with something stuck in the hole. Was it nest material? Hardly; it was completely blocking the hole. Was it a banana? That’s constipating! I had … Continue reading Nature’s Way: Bluebirds vs Sparrows and Humans vs Sparrows

This Odd Nest

Bill and Coo, the Mourning Dove pair who could be our potential new tenants, seem to be earnestly trying out our front window box. The performance could be called "This Odd Nest" echoing the TV show "This Old House." I think they could use a little help from birdman builders who could wing their way … Continue reading This Odd Nest

Career Transitions: Quitting My Day Job

A few of us in phased retirement were invited to present our perspectives on it at a meeting this fall. The title is "Career Transitions: preparing for life without a day job." Quitting your day job doesn't make you a quitter by any means. Speakers will cover financial topics, staying engaged after retirement, pitfalls to … Continue reading Career Transitions: Quitting My Day Job

Bill And Coo

We've noticed the Mourning Doves for the past week, camping on our back porch and hunting for a nesting site. I've decided to call the pair Bill and Coo, for obvious reasons. Which one is Bill and which is Coo? Males typically have a ruddy breast and sport a faint sky blue cap. I think … Continue reading Bill And Coo