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Tenants, Drifters and Freeloaders

I was able to stay close to home most of the last week, and the nice weather and longer days allowed me to get in a little evening photography just for fun and practice.  I’ve been honing my bird deception tricks (see Hide ‘n Seek), using a small, portable set of speakers for my iPad to play bird calls.  I took them out for a test drive on Wednesday, and was really tickled by how well it worked.  If you’ve ever seen the Hitchcock movie, The Birds, you will have an idea of how well it worked with the Chickadees and Nuthatches!  For awhile they were truly swarming around me, and landing within inches of my position.  The Ravens and Flickers responded, but still kept a fair amount of distance from me.  Until Thursday night, the temperature had been getting into the low-80’s during the days, and the ground was drying up.  In order to keep the birds from scattering too far, I artificially maintained a mud puddle in our driveway-this also proved successful!  Since Thursday, we’ve had steady rain with some intermittent snow, so I won’t be adding water to the potholes in the lane again for awhile!  So, here are some of the visitors and residents at  The 20-Acre Wood during the past week: [As usual, clicking on the images will display larger images, which you can then scroll through.]

The Grounds-keeping crew: The Mule Deer know we hate mowing the lawn, so we had 13 of them contracted to do the job!

White-breasted Nuthatches are tree creepers, and are rarely seen on the ground. Evidently the mud puddle was too enticing for this guy to resist!

A more traditional pose and habitat for the White-breasted Nuthatch.

A typical pose from this Red-breasted Nuthatch.

A Red-breasted Nuthatch trying to figure out where my bird call originates.

Even the Mountain Bluebirds took a turn at the mud puddle.

Meet Tobi, the caprine matriarch of The 20-Acre Wood

The “kids” enjoying some playtime during the nice weather.

Thus says the Lord of hosts…’I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me.’ Jeremiah 27:5


8 responses

  1. Yep! The nuthatch at the edge of the mud puddle is a rare sight indeed. Nice photos. I will have to tell my husband to think of the deer that eat the shrubs on his hobby farm as “grounds keepers” – that’s a good one! 🙂

    April 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    • Thanks, Annie. Most of the year the deer are simply freeloaders, stealing hay from the horses and goats. But during the growing season it is nice to have them help keep the lawn in check!

      April 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  2. Great bird captures, and love the kids! Tobi is a handsome dude!

    April 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

  3. The variety as well as individual uniqueness of each of God’s creatures is mind-boggling! The Mountain Bluebird is particularly a delight. Happy to meet Tobi and “the kids” too!

    April 29, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    • Thanks, Dee. The variety and designs of creation always astound me!

      April 29, 2012 at 8:40 pm

  4. Thank you for sharing “God’s Creation” with us… always a blessing and always so beautiful!

    April 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    • You’re welcome, April. And thanks for visiting!

      April 29, 2012 at 8:39 pm

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