Category Archive: birds

Birds on a Water Break

This past week we were at our place in the Texas Hill Country, and I had been working near a water trough for about an hour, when suddenly birds started flying in.  This… Continue reading

A Walk to Harvest Native Grass Seed

Last December, while other people were out finishing their shopping, I went out walking with a small group, to gather native grass seed from a remnant prairie.   It doesn’t look like much.… Continue reading

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge — As the Crow Considers Flying

While traveling through Nova Scotia last week, I noticed these crows having issues with directions. The only thing they could agree on was that they would be happy to be part of Cee’s… Continue reading

Tonight’s Performance

Ladies and Gentlemen, tonight we are honored to bring you…  (cue music from “Rocky.”)   Vultro il Magnifico!   Defying death while he perilously balances on the frailest of fallen logs… Risking wing… Continue reading

Smith Oaks Rookery

Six years ago I went on a birding bus trip and got to see the Smith Oaks Rookery in High Island, Texas.  It was amazing to see of hundreds of giant nests stacked… Continue reading

Way Better Than Half-Priced Candy

Our family tradition is to celebrate holidays a day or two after their real date, so that we can wait and buy the candy for half price.  This year for Valentine’s Day, we… Continue reading

The Beauty of Little Brown Birds

This winter I have been very inspired by the work of nature writer Florence A. Merriam.  She was the first to write about observing birds alive in the field, rather than relying on… Continue reading

Waterside Supper with Riparian Entertainments

(With thanks to Hyacinth Bucket and her memorable announcements.) (Strictly speaking, some of these are “Marine Entertainments” rather than “Riparian.” ) On Christmas Day, my husband and I went birding on the Texas… Continue reading

Twelve Days of Christmas, National Elk Refuge Style

In March of 2013, my husband and I took a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and we took a tour of the National Elk Refuge.  I finally got around to editing those photos,… Continue reading

Bird Species 92

There is a bird up there somewhere. Let me zoom in for you. This is very exciting — this is the 92nd species I have documented on our farm over the last 7… Continue reading