Thrush-Bob Returns!

Seriously. I did a whole article on it here. Nice to have a bright spot after that…um…”vacation.”

Best. Thing. Ever.

There is a baby hummingbird in the garden. I can tell it’s a baby because it has the remains of a fluffy gray cap and I don’t think hummingbirds have taken to wearing wigs. It’s a Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, that being the only species that breeds out here. (Incidentally, this brings our fledgling count of the […]

A Garden Getting Better

Every time I start to get depressed about the weeds coming in on all sides, I must remember that the garden really does get better every year. It’s not just the plants (although they, too, get better every year—my fire pinks went from a single spindly stalk to a respectable clump and my American spikenard […]

The Migration Has Begun!

I figured we were probably well into migration season, since the Juncoes are gone and Thrush-Bob, the Hermit Thrush that overwintered on our deck, has left for more northerly pastures. (We wish him well. Likely we will never see him again, but I like to think that his steady diet of mealworms over the long […]

Swans in the Mist

I went to take the trash out with Kevin, and as we walked back down the long gravel drive, I happened to look up. It’s been very foggy these last few days, so it was one of those oddly bright dusks where the fog is brighter than the sky. A V-formation of swans went overhead […]

Eleventh Day of Christmas

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… …eleven ten six four one no great big hawks!   …ten tufted titmice! …nine frogs a-croaking! …eight vultures circling! …seven spiky yuccas! …six types of milkweed! …fiiiive! naaaative! plaaaaants! …four hummingbirds! …three moorhens! …two mourning doves! …and a replacement for a Bradford pear […]

Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… …ten tufted titmice! …nine frogs a-croaking! …eight vultures circling! …seven spiky yuccas! …six types of milkweed! …fiiiive! naaaative! plaaaaants! …four hummingbirds! …three moorhens! …two mourning doves! …and a replacement for a Bradford pear tree!   The tufted titmouse is one of my very […]

Eighth Day of Christmas

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… …eight vultures circling! …seven spiky yuccas! …six types of milkweed! …fiiiive! naaaative! plaaaaants! …four hummingbirds! …three moorhens! …two mourning doves! …and a replacement for a Bradford pear tree!   Black vultures, Coragyps atratus, are native to my neck of the woods, with a […]

Fourth Day of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… …four hummingbirds! …three moorhens! …two mourning doves! …and a replacement for a Bradford pear tree! Ruby-throated hummingbirds are the only kind we get in my neck of the woods (at least regularly—every now and then a weird vagrant will blow in) and they’re […]

Third Day of Christmas

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …three moorhens! …two mourning doves! …and a replacement for a Bradford pear tree! Technically our hamster is behind the times, since the American form of the moorhen is now known as the common gallinule. But he’s trying very hard. Moorhens (or in our […]