Possumhaw: Magnificence and the birds

Shannon Bardwell

“Some birds aren’t meant to be caged, that is all. Their feathers are too brilliant, their songs too candy and wild. ”

– Stephen King, American author

“I’ve to say that I’ve hardly ever seen a neighborhood come collectively to fulfill a typical want in a manner as stunning as a handful of birds at a feeding trough.”

– Craig D. Lounsbrough, American author

IIt appears just a little late for all of the birds nesting right here on the prairie. For weeks we’ve watched the red-shouldered hawk seize an deserted crow’s nest excessive within the fold of a tree. We’ve got realized of his calling and have listened to it usually. Sitting on the porch, utilizing binoculars, we may see his head swinging within the nest. A couple of days later he began flying out and in repeatedly. Little heads swayed behind her. She had a definite name that sounded extra like a scream than a name. They’re one of many loudest raptors round and may be heard for miles. Appears like “kee-yer” lengthy, loud and drawn out. It could be annoying, however watching her and her brood of her from a nature standpoint was enjoyable. In time she left and we noticed no motion within the tall nest. A couple of days later I heard her name from the north woods.

On the again porch we’ve a small household of Carolina wrens. Wrens have been recognized to construct their nests in letterboxes, outdated boots, baskets, flower pots, grills, and even on the high of a propane tank. These little wrens selected a dangling basket of geraniums simply outdoors the breakfast nook. They use quite a lot of supplies for nest leaves, hay, grass, bark, moss, cat hair, doormat sisal. Wrens may be human. It’s straightforward to get inside meters of the dad and mom. Principally they’re too busy singing and feeding to concentrate to anything. Within the morning they’re notably melodious with their songs. The wren rushes out and in of the nest with bugs for the little ones. I puzzled precisely how he does it. Do they share? Does a bug fall into each hungry little mouth? I am unable to get shut sufficient to see the way it feeds. It does this so usually that I believe it have to be a bug, a mouth. Purple Martins are recognized to be avid insect hunters, however I am unable to think about them any higher than our little Carolina wrens.

Two years in the past I requested Sam to maneuver the Bluebird bins from a pole to the aspect wall of the storage. The cats climbed the pole and parked on high of the birdhouse. These days bluebirds safely occupy each birdhouses. The male is brilliant blue and the feminine is like him however calmer in coloration. Bluebirds such because the wren eat a lot of bugs. We spend a number of mornings on the porch consuming espresso and watching bluebirds fly out and in of bluebird bins. When daylight displays off the male chicken’s plumage, its blue is good.

Hen numbers are low in chicken feeders, nevertheless, there’s a good pattern of quite a lot of birds: cardinals, doves, indigo buntings, a single protonotary, and cow birds. It’s good to remember the fact that you can not get too hooked up to beauties. I went out solely to search out that our little wren household was gone.

Shannon Bardwell is a author who lives peacefully on the prairie. Her electronic mail reaches her at [email protected]

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