~A Sojourn~ Life on Planet Earth~
header photo-Riley Moore Falls, Oconee Co., SC
"Did you ever suffer an attack of a wandering foot caused by the lure of that mystic unknown? There's is no permanent cure, relief only had
while making the wilds your home."
When I arrived home it was cool and blue sky, marvelous....then BAM...it changed, had a couple weeks of sucky weather, fall out from Nate. It gets really crazy during Hurricane season in the south...you never know when the weather will turn on you...I'm only just now getting a handle on all the dead wood and over grown shrubs and hedges around here. I have been making busy with lots of trimming of branches and other stuff...and even the gate is overgrown...
filling up the trailer with trimmings
Another chore: a large limb fell and smashed a section of my aging yard fence. I headed to Lowes for supplies to fix it up...found out it was cheaper to buy this damaged section than to start from scratch so that's what I did...one broken picket made this 8 ft section half price...fine by me cause it will blend in better, other sections have broken pickets...
once it's weathered it will blend right in
I can tell from this shot the new door panels I put on the bird houses have been squirrel chewed!! WTH??
Here is another hunt n seek shot for you, the Northern Parula I mentioned, they summer here so it's not rare to see one...but rare for me to catch a photo of one...do you see it?
female northern parula
A DIY project I'm glad to have behind me:
The storm door that enters the screen porch had to have a doggie door. There was an old doggie door missing the flap in the shed...my X removed the metal bottom panel of this storm door and got rid of it...so I put screen in the bottom and that worked for keeping bugs out but the dogs couldn't get out without me coming out to open it, I used to keep it slightly ajar, but then a bird got in and that was bad...so that didn't work out. I made a new bottom section of scrap wood...and fashioned a flap from a vinyl place mat! It works! Another $80 saved, more like $180 in this case you can purchase a storm door sporting a doggie entrance but it is not cheap. I did it for $1 for the place mat at the Dollar Store.
dogs can get in and out and no birds and no mosquitoes
Hard to get a crisp shot anymore with my ailing camera...even a still bird close as this Northern Cardinal is blurred! BUT for now I'm still using it! With all the car repairs I had this past year, I'm trying to wait as long as possible to replace this camera...and that means the one I want to get is getting older and cheaper :o)
Three deer sneaked into the pasture the other day I sneaky shot of one.
white tailed deer
So after almost 2 weeks of HOT humid horrible weather, it improved, chilled down in fact I've had to use the heat! I'm outside again tending to chores and cutting up firewood.
I have a lot in common with beavers
Overhead I saw this Yellow Throated Warbler, Got this really bad awful photo but at least I can add it to my yard list.
Yellow Throated Warbler
It was so backlit I ran it through an editing program just to see what it was...glad I did cause I thought it was a yellow rump which is pretty common here, but after the editing I could see the yellow throat, the wide bright white wing bars, and the black face line including the eye...so a new yard bird for me. Normally I see these when I walk around Goodale State Park in the spring.
Picking birds outta the twigs is hard with any camera!
^ northern cardinal female >
See that dogwood tree trying to bloom? That's how warm it got; the buds that should wait till spring started to open...the birds love the red berries in fall and that's what the cardinal is after.
I've enjoyed reconnecting with my yard birds....here's our Carolina Chickadee...looks like a Coal Tit to some of you I'm sure!
I get daily visits from our State Bird the Carolina Wren.
...here is one I don't have to go far to find, just check my feeder and he will be there the Tufted Titmouse with his ink black big eye...so much more colorful than the Juniper Titmouse I was seeing in Colorado...but not as cool looking as JO's Bridled Titmouse down in Arizona!
Another common bird (but not in large numbers in my yard) is the Eastern Phoebe...a couple have been hanging around fighting over the best mosquitoes...
The Eastern Phoebe
Today I was chasing Ruby Crowned Kinglets around the yard I counted 5 in the Holly bush out back...they can hover almost like a hummingbird and they are super small...
Then up on the dead limb the Red Bellied Woodpecker was knocking quite loud...pecking out bugs..this shots shows why it's called Red Bellied!
Red Bellied Woodpecker
Wow... he is gorgeous!!
My winter yard birds have not arrived yet, it will be good to see them again!