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Blue Heron in My Backyard

May 21st, 2018

Blue Heron in My Backyard

A couple days ago I grabbed an image of a Blue Heron in my backyard. I posted a Tweet with an image, but not having the image processed, I posted one made back in January. It’s the same heron, though I suppose it could be another. The plan was to post the latest image after it was processed.

This Blue Heron is a frequent visitor to the backyard, and today, when we came back after being out for awhile, we caught him wandering up toward the driveway. He hasn’t wandered that far up the yard before. As we pulled in he reversed course and sauntered back down the slope toward the safety of the lake. It was like he thought, “If if just move slowly back down they’ll never know I was here.” Real cool like. Then he stopped on the bank just long enough to allow me to get this shot.

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Great Blue Herons are not likely to visit a typical backyard. Apparently, my backyard is not typical. The only fence is the invisible one, the house backs up to a small lake, and it has more wildlife than any backyard I’ve ever had. There was even a recent report from a neighbor about armadillos in the hood. Those things can mess up a yard. I am not thrilled.

Bluebird Teaches a Lesson on Life Outside the Box

May 11th, 2018

Bluebird Teaches a Lesson on Life Outside the Box

When we moved into our house last August there was already a Bluebird nesting box in the backyard. As spring approached, we bought some bird feeders, some birdseed and dried meal worms, and enjoyed watching as a variety of birds visited our yard. We enjoyed visits from thrushes, finches, sparrows, woodpeckers, wrens, cardinals, blackbirds, robins, doves, and more. Since we live on a small golf course lake, there were even ducks, geese, egrets and herons visiting us.

But my favorites, at least right now, are the Bluebirds.

I watched as Mr. and Mrs. Bluebird brought home nesting material and moved it into their box. Just outside, a steady diet of meal worms was provided almost daily. When other bluebirds made a claim for the nesting box, a battle took place on the ground below.

The Epic Bluebird Battle involved at least four birds fighting in two pairs. Eventually, the original claimants retained possession of the nesting box. At least that's the way I'm calling it. Who really knows.

Several weeks have passed since the Epic Bluebird Battle. The nest was completed, eggs were hatched, and now the fledglings have moved out.

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