If you recall (here, here, and here) I’ve been delighting in all the various birds visiting my backyard feeders. And though I even took a class last summer (related here) I’m getting more information from my little field guide by Stan Tekiela, Birds of Minnesota. Every state has their own version of this, in case… Read More There goes the neighborhood: Undesirables at the bird feeder
This week we continue the tale of our Iowa Synod School trip (click here for last week’s entry). Quick recap for those too lazy to click the link: Two weeks ago, I and 639 other Presbyterians attended a Synod School in Storm Lake, Iowa. I took four classes, one of which was a birding class… Read More Birding with birdbrains and a stiff neck
Right now I am in Storm Lake, Iowa. Learning great truths and experiencing deep personal growth and doing some bird watching while I’m at it. Or at least I assume I am. As I write this I am still at home. Such is the wonder of the WordPress scheduling tool. A few months ago I… Read More I’ve gone bird watching in Iowa, among other things
Spring has officially arrived to our Minnesota home: Yeah, I know according to the calendar Spring has been here awhile, but it’s only really felt like Spring for the past week or so. And it’s not that a flowering crabapple is an official start, but it sounds good to me. Speaking of trees, we had… Read More Springtime is for the birds
I was thinking about Beauty the other day — that’s Beauty with a capital B — when that Byron piece popped into my head: She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes… Read More Thoughts on Beauty, Pigeons, and Persian Cats
“They dropped Richard,” she said to me, before I could reach my desk. “Good morning,” I reply, never one to drop good manners. Especially if I can feel superior in the process. She is one of our teachers, as well as one of our parents. Strangely, I see her most often in her parent role. Teachers I like.… Read More It Was One of Those Mondays
A three day weekend before me, I had one plan and one plan only: to move a tree. To be specific, a volunteer tree that was growing in a small shaded area between our home and the back fence. Far too close to both home and fence. After some careful research, I determined it was a… Read More Birds: Helpful Neighbors or Ruthless Overlords?
Have you ever seen books or articles telling you how to turn your yard into a backyard habitat? I have. I followed their steps. My yard now meets all the requirements for being a backyard habitat. The only thing I didn’t do was pay for the certificate. I’m cheap. Anyway, what I’m here to tell… Read More Mockingbird Tales … With Pie!