Backyard Birds, Everyday Epiphany, humor, Outdoors

A Second Helping

“Yes, I’ll take your offer. I’ll do it to help the birds,” I texted the Facebook Market Place shopper. The object of negotiation, an unused still in the box AC/DC adaptor charger for a Droll Yankee Flipper bird feeder battery, sold for $29.88 online. The potential buyer offered $5- a $3 reduction of my reasonable… Continue reading A Second Helping

Backyard Birds, Everyday Epiphany, humor, Outdoors

Otherwise Known As Thieving Critter

“That thieving critter raided the bird feeder again last night,” I complained to Mike who had heard me call the raccoon, thieving critter, so often that for a moment he thought it a subspecies of the northern raccoon rather than the pesty, aggravating backyard pest.  I baffled the feeders, sprayed the perimeter with coyote urine,… Continue reading Otherwise Known As Thieving Critter

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A Wild Goose Chase Of A Great Blue Heron Eviction

I appreciated the Great Blue Heron's stateliness less so the next morning. The majestic Great Blue Heron skimmed over Crystal Lake’s surface and perched on a mat of milfoil. I raised my binoculars and studied his slate blue feathers, agile curved neck, and graceful stride. After docking our pontoon, I snapped and tied the canvas… Continue reading A Wild Goose Chase Of A Great Blue Heron Eviction

Backyard Birds, Everyday Epiphany, humor, Outdoors

Rockin’ Robins

That’s what I named the pair of Turdus migratorius building a nest on the outdoor speaker under my eaves. Mrs. Rockin’ plucked, yanked, and tugged at the dried winter garden debris that I should’ve plucked, yanked, and tugged out of the flowerbed a month ago. With mud for mortar, she recycled the potential compost into… Continue reading Rockin’ Robins

Backyard Birds, Everyday Epiphany, humor, Outdoors

Up in the Air About Filling Birdfeeders in Illinois

Until recently I squirted hand sanitizer with abandon, washed groceries with diluted bleach, and created a bubble of friends who adhered to the same strict “Covid Avoidance Behaviors” as I did. Now I wash my hands thoroughly (with sanitizer as backup), produce is washed (but the frozen pizza boxes are immediately popped in the freezer),… Continue reading Up in the Air About Filling Birdfeeders in Illinois