Waiting To Be Fed

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I am always amazed at how long parents keep feeding their young long after they seem to be grown. I have seen both House Finches and Cardinals feeding their immature babies that look grown.

Juvenile House Finch

Still begs parent to feed him

Plenty within reach

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Just like some of ours who sit…

waiting // the check’s in the mail

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

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Chipper Chipmunk

Little Chipper Chipmunk climbs my pole
Right through the slinky// his head in the hole
Stuffs cheeks with my seeds; but pays me no toll
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His bulging cheeks full of sunflower seeds
Enough to supply his every need
Jumps the slinky like he’s riding a steed
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Slides to the bottom // he’s off like a shot
Moved in under my deck, like it or not
I think it is time for a trav’ ling plot
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He might be too cute and he might be smart
But I couldn’t afford him from the start
So, I shall set my trap and do my part
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I tried it once but he came right back
Didn’t go far enough for him not to back track
This time, I’ll take him where he won’t get back
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Into the big woods across the wide way
Where he can climb oak trees and feel them sway
Now I’ll have more seeds for the birds each day

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Ready to Leave Home

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About a month ago I told my neighbor there was a cowbird going in his exhaust vent. Last week we saw these two little guys poking their heads through the flaps. He finally called the landlord, but was told they could not remove the nest until the birds left. A few days later they were gone and we saw the maintenance person standing on the top of the ladder with a vacuum cleaning out the nest and putting a cage over it.
Two little squatters
Can’t wait to come out an fly
Messy little guys
Mom fattens them on my suet
Leaving their mark they fly

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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Hungry Bird

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I had a visit today from an Eastern Blue Grosbeak. He comes to my feeder a few times a year. I am not sure if they are migrating or just tend to stay away. I always like seeing their gorgeous striking colors. This bird was hungry. He hopped right into the cage and ate for five minutes. I thought he would fly away when I got closer to get these photos, but he kept right on eating. It was wonderful to see him again.

Blue grosbeak stopped by

Eating his fill of my seeds

Springtime all around

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Eastern Blue Grosbeak

iPhone Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Who’s In Charge?

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Through it all the animals roam freely
while humans withdraw in their dread and fear
not venturing out // where birds sing sweetly
Our furry and feathered friends worry not
going about their gatherings with cheer;
living lives daily with nary a thought.
Resigned to their fate, they’ve no ears to hear.
While superior beings listen in fear…
Newscasts shout, “Cornovirus is near!”
What makes us believe we should rule the world?
We read it on pages // good books are clear
we’re invincible // destined // brash and bold…
Perhaps, it’s now time to accept our state;
realizing we are not superior here;
and, like the animals accept our fate.
Live life with purpose making each day count.
Knowing in God we trust through every tear…
we face each tomorrow as tensions mount.

 

I see people racing to the store to buy up toilet paper, I notice all around me in nature is still the same. The birds sing the squirrels raid my feeder without a thought. We have a lot to learn about our place in this world and nature has many ways to help keep us in perspective.

 

 

Haiku for a Winter Day

Winter
Darkness closes in
Winter comes softly creeping
Hiding in the shadows

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Snowflakes
Big wet snowflakes
Hold hands as they dance toward earth
Melting hearts are warm

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Cardinals
Red Cardinals arrive
Filling their gullets with seeds
For a long cold night

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Carolina Wren
Hyper little wren
Nervous always moving round
Chipper little friend

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Chickadee
Black-capped Chicakadee
Dressed in his gray and white tux
Eat seeds with abandon

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

The Last of the Berries

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My pyracantha bushes were loaded with berries this summer. As winter came on, and food got scarce, the birds gradually began eating them. Today I was delighted to see three bluebirds on the bushes feeding on the last of the berries. I am thinking that they might be migrating north already.  We are expecting warm weather this week in the high 60 F and maybe even 70 F. Spring is on the way!

Bluebirds stop and eat

Last of the summer berries

Food for the journey

 

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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Birds are Timeless

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A pair of house finches pull sunflower seeds through the mesh. A new year has begun for us; but, for them it is still a matter of survival. Hopefully, my feeder provides them with needed resources as winter comes on strong.

Time keeps on ticking
Means nothing to my finches
Everyday’s the same

 

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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