2014.11.10 birds at the community garden

oh, I get so excited when I find a new bird at the community garden! And this one was super easy to identify! Nice little yellow spot on his head...  Golden Crowned Sparrow(well, sometimes the photo shows up at BlogHer, sometimes it does not... please see my original post at Static8.com 2014.11.10)...more

Waiting for Good Snow


...a beguile of magpies

Something of this handsome bird might be said with advantage in a homely way. It appears that in captivity Magpies show an aversion to anyone who has annoyed them, as well as to anyone who looks like the person who has annoyed them.  The voice of the offending person is quite sufficient to agitate the bird and cause it to rush post haste towards its tormentor to wreak a terrible vengeance....more
The Vinyl Edition You know, that has never happened to me... and I promise you that none of my ...more

Gratitude Linkup - Week of 2/16/14

As I've been dealing with my father's health crisis, gratitude has been at the forefront of my mind. I've had immense gratitude for the smallest of things. Now that things are no longer critical, I have a little time to participation in Laurel Regan's Gratitude linkup over at Alphabet Salad....more

Birds and Birders: Look Up and Learn

I love the term "leaf out." For a plant or tree, it means to open its leaf buds. "The trees leafed out late this spring." The time before the trees leaf out in the spring is a special time. The birds are back from their winter retreats, they are busy, and they are easy to watch because there are no leaves on the trees. The birders are also busy. ...more
@kisschronicles  Check your local Audubon or Nature Conservancy chapter, they may offer birding ...more

Wordless Wednesday - South African Birds

Just a few of the birds we saw in Kruger National Park. South Africa has some very colorful and pretty birds!Saddlebill Stork...more

For The Birds...

Ugh….they have returned….After a much needed reprieve of the past 5 months, the buzzards have come back....more
@Gitana1962 It really is a good thing.  After all, didn't TLC sing a very popular song in 1999 ...more

Animal Magnetism

Anne KimballLife on the Funny Farm...more

Our Life List of Birds...

http://buzzmills.typepad.com/blog/2013/01/life-list-of-birds.htmlHave you seen the movie "The Big Year"?  We just watched it about a month ago thanks to the recommendation of my mother-in-law. What is it about?  A bunch of birders on a quest to find more birds than the next person in one calendar year.  Sounds a bit like a nerdy, birder movie doesn't it?  Well, then you add in Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black and you've got a cute, funny little movie. ...more


The other day I was driving to the gym (PSYCH!) and I saw one of our gorgeous, big Florida birds walking along the side of the road,  dragging something behind him.  It took me a minute to realize it was his wing, barely still attached to his otherwise intact body.  OMG I panicked.  Maybe I DO step over the homeless people in New York, although one time I did give one an unopened jar of black olive tapenade that the guy in the salami store had thrown in my bag by accident. I hate tapenade of any kind....more