COVID Chronicles, Part 4
The Birds of Summit

Bird Nerd

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According to the innocent assessment a child I know (not naming any names...), you know someone is OLD when they start watching birds.

Guilty as charged.

I've always loved birds, but who has time to gaze and watch them when you're raising 4 hooligans?  So yes, since we've moved to the quietness of the cabin Kim and I have taken our backyard bird-watching to a new level.

 

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Those of you who are old enough surely remember the quirky-but-adorable bird-loving Miss Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies?  Sometimes I feel like her when I start trying to identify new birds.  She was always looking for the elusive new avian species...

 

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Not an exotic species, but we've had a newcomer to our backyard this spring...a pine grosbeak.

 


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For awhile there, I thought it was just a bigger version of the house finches we see all the time (and I don't have a good photo of them...need to do that!), but definitely different.

In case you care....

 

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Lots of robins...


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They love to splash around in our fish pond!

 

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A pretty lady cardinal...


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...and her handsome hubby.

 


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Of course, never a shortage of sparrows of all varieties.  

 

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On Easter Sunday, we were quite surprised to see a trio of quail passing along the edge of our yard!

 

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We haven't seen quail for years!  They were scurrying too fast for me to get a great photo, but what beautiful birds they are.

 

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Always a favorite, the cute little black-capped chickadee...

 

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A gorgeous fella, but quite a big bully, a blue jay...

 

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Speaking of blue, I cannot leave out my sweet little bluebird couple who seem to have taken up residence here.


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They have come to love their special feeder and the live mealworms I give them every day.


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Stopping by the fish pond for a drink...

I'm waiting for the hummers to fly in from their southern wintering climates...they should arrive any time.

And, even though Kim is pooh-poohing the idea (like he pooh-poohed by bluebird house and feeder), I've ordered an oriole feeder and I'm going to try to attract some Baltimore orioles this spring.  They are just beginning to migrate northward. 

How do I know this? I'm a member the Indiana Birdwatching, Birding in Indiana Facebook, and Indiana Nature & Wildlife Photographers Facebook groups.  And they've been seen in southern Indiana.

Yep, I'm definitely becoming more and more of a...

...bird nerd.

 

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