Monday, June 4, 2018

Watch the birds

It's amazing what you can see (and learn) by watching birds.

Last night just at dusk, we had robins going nuts just at the edge of the woods. They chirped and fluttered around in agitation. "I wonder if they see a coyote?" I commented to Don.

Nope, it wasn't a coyote. It was an owl. He flew off from the edge of the woods to a telephone pole, getting mobbed by robins the whole way.

Then early this morning, as I was standing in the corral singing to Amy while she fed the calves, I noticed a blackbird swoop down to the ground, pluck a piece of grass, and hop back up to a fence rail.

I also noticed a lot of activity -- between her and her mate -- in a bush near a tangle of gate parts and fencing.

After putting Amy down in the field with the rest of the cows, I went to investigate. The male bird perched nearby and twittered at me in agitation.

This is what I saw:

The nest is still in the construction phase, but it's also easy for me to see and watch it. It will be fun to follow this pair as they finish the nest, lay their eggs, and rear their young.

Yep, a lot can be learned just by watching the birds.


  1. Indeed, I was just telling my wife that politicians could... and SHOULD "watch the birds," as we watched a pair of mockingbirds deal with a red-tail hawk. Those mockingbirds didn't care about the size difference. All they knew was that they were going to protect their nest, rules be damned. Yup... Politicians should watch the birds carefully...

  2. If you pay attention, the critters will warn you of intruders quite often. I see you have the patience to notice.

  3. I will be looking for your reports as the birds grow a family. I have noticed that when I now hit comments the screen refreshes in seconds rather than the 20-30 seconds it used to take. I have not changed anything on my end and wonder if you have on your end? at any rate it is sure nice!