« Kettles here, kettles there ... | Main | NW Syria Summary - 9 February 2016 »

09 February 2016

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

YT

Col. sir,

Yours Truly guilty as charged?, apologies.

LondonBob

With increased traffic, comes an increased number of comments and an increased workload. I suggest people voluntarily adopt a Self-Denying Ordinance and only post something that is really noteworthy or relevant.

Stuart Wood

Col.
You have a good sense of humor "wandering consciousness more severely impaired than my own"

jld

Hmmm...
I wonder if this will apply to the "most obvious" such commenter, if you know what I mean.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNAt-xohHk0

turcopolier

jld

You will have to explain to me what a video of a drunk cardinal has to do with anything. You don't like the picture I posted? Do you think you have a veto over what I post? pl

rjj

{{{ what do you mean? }}}

jld

I do like the picture and I thought that the video might be an appropriate description of the state of mind of "some commenters" :-)

turcopolier

rjj

I will try to be clearer in the future. pl

John Minnerath

I hope it doesn't turn into too much of a chore to cull non-relevant posts from these pages.

turcopolier

jld

Thanks for the clarification. These are a mated pair of Northern Cardinals. I feed this race of birds down in the depths of my back garden along with others that I do not favor as much. The cardinals become imprinted with those who help them and come to sit in the branches around the feeding site when I am there. They also come to the back door and peck on the glass if I am late. They are so foolish as to not migrate south in the winter. pl

rjj

got the message.

turcopolier

rjj

It wasn't directed to you. pl

Medicine Man

I was actually going to comment on the picture myself. Lovely birds. I have seen video of mated pairs like the ones in the picture working in tandem while feeding. One will stand watch while the other eats. They take turns.

In recent years I've grown fond of feeding the birds myself. There are many towhees, sparrows, junkos, and chickadees in my work neighborhood. The black-capped chickadees in particular are very forward. Do you have a native species of chickadee in your neck of the woods, Col.?

turcopolier

MM

We do. They remind me of my New England roots. I am always glad to see the grey Cat Birds come back in the spring. They have little fear of humans and make good companions. pl

Walrus

I feed a pair of King Parrots who visit us most days. They recently brought their young as well. I get into great trouble from SWMBO because they leave a mess on the patio. The male (red) is tame enough to feed by hand.

http://www.theshortcollection.com.au/files/1998578/uploaded/King%20Parots%20300Pix%20wide.jpg

The Twisted Genius

We have quite a menagerie of birds in our backyard. A lot of that is due to being backed up to a strip of woods and a small stream. I also planted a lot of berry producing holly trees and Washington Hawthorns. Those trees and the colorado blue spruces out front give the birds plenty of food and cover. I finally found a squirrel proof bird feeder that works. In addition to cardinals, chickadees and sparrows, we have roaming flocks of winter robins feasting on the berries, often bullying bluejays and my ever-present murder of crows. The crows keep the hawks away from the bird feeder and the oh so vulnerable mourning doves. I have to admit my favorites are the mocking jays with their imaginative repertoire of songs.

I don't ignore my other wild friends. The squirrels await their morning handfuls of peanuts, as do the crows and bluejays. Every evening I put out an apple or two and a few carrots. The deer stick to these treats and leave my rhododendrons and azaleas alone. Rabbits, raccoons and the occasional opossum also help themselves. I just can't abide the cottonmouths and copperheads. I have a distinctly unchristian attitude towards them.

Jill

In my mountain fastness north of Asheville, there is a huge variety of year around birds as well as the spring and summer only birds. I have six pairs of Cardinals that live at the foot of the hill behind the horse lot and too many other species to mention. I too feed rabbits, a great horde of gray squirrels, possums, coons, the occasional fox and never stop hoping that a bobcat will show up. It is more likely, given the ridiculous amount of corn, sunflower seed, cornbread, veg and fruit put about, that I will find a black bear in the yard. I'm partial to hawks and owls but they visit only rarely. I share your attitude toward rattlesnakes and copperheads and I add Yellow Jackets to that list. I am grateful that Cottonmouths are not in the mountains! And yes, all plantings and sowings are done with my wild neighbors in mind. In fact, the rabbits and groundhogs have their own little strip of garden and so far they keep to it and pretty much leave mine alone. The wild turkeys mostly work the pastures and occasionally the lawn; they look like slightly evolved dinosaurs stalking around.

Medicine Man

It is strange seeing turkeys in the wild but they've started to make a comeback in Michigan, so I'll sometimes see them when I go to visit my wife's people.

turcopolier

MM

There are a lot of them in Virginia. If you drive along the Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway you will have to stop repeatedly while flocks of them cross the road. I am always surprised by how large they are. I went to visit some rich folks who own a big place outside Charleston, SC. These things were wandering around in herds underneath the coastal oaks. pl

The Twisted Genius

Medicine Man,

Northern Virginia has a good number of turkeys. Every once in a while I see a hen followed by a train of chicks in the back yard. Every other time I drive through Quantico Marine Base, I see a few along with the white tail deer. It's funny how they all go to ground just as hunting season starts. The biggest flock of turkeys I ever saw was in Texas somewhere south of San Antonio. A friend and I went camping over the weekend while we were TDY there. As soon as the sun came up, we saw and heard turkeys flying and strutting by us for half an hour. It was like buffalo on the plain. The night before we saw a great horned owl land in the branches above us and size us up. It definitely felt like a predator-prey situation and I wasn't the predator.

The Twisted Genius

Jill,

I'm still waiting for a black bear. There have been a few spotted in north Stafford county. I just don't want to surprise him or her while I'm bringing the apples and carrots out there.

Jill

Regarding wild turkeys... PBS had a wonderful documentary "My Life As A Turkey." Joe Hutto is a naturalist who hand raised a brood of wild turkeys and lived with them for a season. If you can find it, it is worth the viewing time.

Cee

Col. Lang,

I feed them as well and I love listening to them first thing in the morning, plus watching them guarding each other as they eat.
I was very disappointed that a nest they built was raided because I was looking forward to watching the babies from my kitchen window.

Cee

TG,

My squirrel has made me angry. She built a nest in my just cleaned gutters I had to severely trim a Coral Bark Japanese maple to keep her off the house. Now she climbs the Pin Holly or the Dogwood in the front to jump to the roof. Grrrr.

LeaNder

It may be about my babbling, thus as long as I am still tolerated, I prefer to stay silent.

The comments to this entry are closed.

My Photo

July 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  
Blog powered by Typepad