Category Archives: Wild Life

BUNNY LOVE

  My kindergarten teacher mother had a favorite book which she would read to her group of five-year-olds each year. And to me. Repeatedly. And so I grew up physically imbued and psychologically branded by the tale of “The Velveteen … Continue reading

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THE INTERLOPERS

Ooh! Aah! There’s the bunny! Yes. I admit it. I love to see the bunny. He nibbles and hippity-hops. He has a bunny way of chomping and chewing upon a long dandelion stalk: munch, crunch, crunch, down to the  bitter … Continue reading

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SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES

  I was one of many, exclaiming this past month, about the marvelous, eye-popping creatures buzzing about our local flowers here in Minnesota. What was that! In fact, I shrieked in amazement and delight one day, at my first encounter, … Continue reading

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BIRD BONANZA

  This was a very good week. After consulting the on-line hummingbird migration charts one month ago, I noted that they were on their way! Hurrah! I ferreted out the feeders from the jumble in the garage and soaked and … Continue reading

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BACTERIUM ADDENDUM

  Just after posting my bird feeder diatribe, I received a bit of synchronicity in the form of an email from Val Cunningham, the bird columnist in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Star Tribune. What great timing. I never expected to receive … Continue reading

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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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MUSKRAT LOVE

  Muskrat, muskrat candlelight Doin’ the town and doin’ it right In the evenin’, it’s pretty pleasin’   Muskrat Susie, muskrat Sam Do the jitterbug out in muskrat land And they shimmy, and Sammy’s so skinny   And they whirled … 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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IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK—-

  We woke up late this morning.  It was exceptionally dim and eerily silent.  Eight A.M.!   The weatherman had predicted brown and more brown far into the midst of January.  Yet one glance out the window revealed not only a … Continue reading

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