Category Archives: Birds

AVIAN BACTERIUM

On the first day of resurgence from the throes of illness, I still have bacteria on the brain. It’s been weeks since I cleaned the bird feeders and, much as I dislike the task, I made it a priority to … Continue reading

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THE IDES OF MARCH

  Whenever I thought of  Shakespeare’s soothsayer advising Julius Caesar to “Beware the Ides of March,” I hadn’t a clue. Ides could have been, for all I knew, a boogeyman of the nth degree. A hocus-pocus curse. A portent of … Continue reading

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SOUND THE TRUMPETS!

  “It sounded like the Gestapo coming for Anne Frank!” he said, as he described the flight of birds he had heard that day, flying directly over our house.  “Like a European siren you hear in foreign films – something … Continue reading

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BAFFLEMENT

I was finally forced to get baffles for the bird feeders. They look clumsy and odd and spoil the welcoming appearance of our seed supply which is meant to be an attractive addition to the garden. The shepherd’s hooks rise … Continue reading

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FLIGHT

Last spring when we were still living in California, I remember justifying our newly proposed Minnesota distance to my daughter, Noelle, by saying something like – “It won’t really be any different.  It’s been four driving hours up the coast … Continue reading

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RIVER TALES CONT.

Yesterday was frosty and white. Just a light dusting, yet the air stung when I ventured outside to refill the bird feeders and was suggestive of what it must feel like to suffer stage one of frostbite.  Well – to … Continue reading

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MYSTERY TALE

As we drove home this afternoon, there were flocks upon flocks of geese, finally flying in Vee formation and headed south.  Winter has been delayed here in the plains of Minnesota, most of the snow passing just to the south.  … Continue reading

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SNOW GOOSE REDUX

Here at a bend in the Otter Tail River, there is a surprising phenomenon at play.  At least it is surprising to me, new to this clime and environment.  We expected the Canada Geese to have migrated by now, down … Continue reading

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PILEATED

  A few weeks ago I caught out of the corner of my eye, a fairly big flash of black and red whisking across the yard outside of the living room but as I rushed to the window, it was … Continue reading

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FROZEN STORM!

  I’ve just this week been really reaping my tomato harvest at last.  The bushes are loaded and every day I bring in heaping bowls of Big Beef, Golden Jubilee and especially that good little trouper, Juliet.  Finally!  We even … Continue reading

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