Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Watching Birds Out The Windows

Not much to do lately but keep our eyes on the birds out our windows. Here are a few we've seen lately. They know nothing of the virus and just appreciate having the quiet outside world to themselves for a change.

This beautiful Rufous Hummingbird rested on our clothesline during its long migratory journey north

This raven was enjoying what appears to be a flour tortilla on our neighbor's roof

This Varied Thrush spent quite a bit of time on our deck, looking about nervously perhaps for a hawk

This Mourning Dove perched on the fence in the rain
We hope all is well for you in these challenging times. Take care and stay safe and healthy, friends.

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    1. Dr Michelle-- I think I'll google ravens in Australia to see what they look like.

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  2. Those birds. You've got good eyes lower-case lady. Might it now be time to promote yourself to initial caps?

    Your photos remind me of life in Pittsburgh and a visit from my great friend Joe Hyam, now dead alas. We both worked on magazines in London before and after my six-year excursion to the US.

    Elder Daughter - then about eight, later to become Professional Bleeder: (Pointing out of the window). And that's a robin.

    JH: Miss Robinson, I'm afraid that isn't a robin.

    (JH obviously had in mind the British robin, a tiny bird. The US version is about the size of a British starling).

    ED: I'm afraid it is a robin, Mr Hyam.

    And suddenly both of them became intoxicated with this formal mode of address, used it to excess, and collapsed in giggles.

    A nothing memory but somehow it stuck

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    1. Roderick-- A blogging friend in England had a photo of robins there and a description of their general nature. "Their singing, though, is not an expression of joy but a warning to other Robins to keep well away from their territory. No problems with 'social distancing' when it comes to Robins!" And I thought how much I am like the robins there.

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  3. You have some nice feathered firends to watch out your window. Hope you both keeping well.

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    1. Billy-- We are so grateful for their presence during these bleak times. Hope you and your family are keeping well too.

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  4. These are challenging times. I no longer have any excuse for avoiding all of the chores that have accumulated around the house. I'm challenged to come up with fresh excuses for each one!

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    1. Paul-- Ah yes, we are getting stuff done...this morning I made some hummus, and then I made a batch of granola. Trying to make use of this challenging times.

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  5. The birds always do come through for us, don't they? Thanks for sharing those photos, especially the hummingbird. They don't sit still for very long. Nice catch!

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    1. Sharon-- The birds have definitely enriched our lives these days. The Rufous hummingbird travels far. We are merely a stop on their 2000 mile journeys. Glad you liked the photo.

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  6. Thanks for showing your bird friends. I can hear mine outside, and occasionally see them.

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    1. Barbara-- They are a wonderful and beautiful way to appreciate the world outside our windows.

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  7. We re looking forward to spring migration. Crows are back and Canada geese are flying in. A few robins and American goldfinch have been seen. I do go walking but keep my distance from others.

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    1. Red-- We have crows and ravens here all year long, but I think the robins don't stay quite as long. I'd like to think some of the geese and robins we've seen, you'll see as well.

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  8. Lovely birds, we've been watching them here too.

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    1. Sabine-- I love knowing that you're watching them there too. Wonderful!

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  9. Hadn't thought about it but you are so right. They care nothing about all the angst we are dealing with. Life just goes on for them. Ah to be a bird. Nice variety you have.

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    1. Patti-- I think the birds must so appreciate fewer cars on the road, fewer people out and about. Yes, the world is theirs again.

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  10. That hummingbird is beautiful! West Coast birds are so different from East Coast birds. I too have often thought that animals must be loving this time -- less noise from airplanes, less dangerous traffic, cleaner air, a quieter planet.

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    1. Steve-- The first time we ever saw a Rufous Hummingbird was when we were living on the Olympic Peninsula in the far northwest coast of Washington. They spent summers there. Here we only see them a few days on their 2000 mile journey north. I am happy for the animals these days. Yay!

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  11. A nice selection of feathered visitors to see from your window. I'm very jealous of those hummingbirds as we have nothing like them here.

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    1. John-- I wish the Rufous spent their summers here, but we're merely a stop on their 2000 mile journey north. They are such beauties, also quite feisty and territorial around the feeder.

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  12. Thank you for the bird photos. I've been really enjoying watching my backyard birds this year. I once saw a crow fly off with half of someone's grilled cheese sandwich from an outdoor cafe and it made me laugh. They are cheeky birds.
    Dee

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    1. Dee-- Glad you liked these photos. Yes, crows are definitely cheeky and very, very smart!

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  13. I love seeing your bird pictures. Wish I had a camera with a lens that good.

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    1. Catalyst-- I'm so glad you liked these photos.

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  14. Wonderful bird pictures, Robin! I love that creatures and our planet are getting a bit of a break right now.

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    1. Tara-- One of the few upsides of our dangerous times. It's quiet out there.

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  15. Great photographs of those lovely birds. We have ravens and mourning doves but not the others. Bird watching is one of our favorite things to do. And yes, I'm sure they appreciate that the national and state forests that make up much of our county are closed to hikers and bikers. The birds must love the peace and quiet.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- It's fun to post photos of birds that are local to our area or that migrate through here. I think it's one of the few upsides of this virus... the peace and quiet for our earth.

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  16. OK, I want to know where that raven found a Mexican restaurant that was still open.

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