Saturday, January 5, 2013

All Things Avian

Blue Jay with sunflower seeds
photograph © Bruce A. Morrison

Its National Bird Day today!  I didn't know they had one of those but think its a great idea!  As I mentioned in a recent blog, I love feeding the birds and bringing them closer to view.  I suppose I started feeding them for that selfish reason alone!  I just glanced over my left shoulder at the two feeders full of birds right outside the studio window as I type!

I've been asked what my favorite bird is...I don't have a good answer I'm afraid.  I guess whatever bird I am watching at any given moment!  I do have a spot of admiration for Jays and Crows though...they are very intelligent and have an immensely interesting character.  I've written about Blue Jays before...many people dislike them because they're bullies or rob nests.  Well, get over it!  Besides, I have seen many other bird species destroy the nests of others...I'm not a bird so I can only make suppositions why.  Maybe its because they're trying to encourage more opportunities for their own young, less competition and all?  Who knows?  But get over it...Blue Jays are just as cool as the next bird, just maybe a bit smarter :)

One of the terms for a flock of Blue Jays is a "party"...I like that!  Sounds like a fun group to me!  The other term I know of for a flock of Blue Jays is a "riot"...well, I do think they're a riot to watch! 

Happy Bird Day everybody! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!!!

 Winter in the prairie pasture here!
(photograph © Bruce A. Morrison)

2013!  Time flies when you're having fun!  Winter has finally arrived on the acreage here and it is beautiful and cold!  The photograph at the blog head is of our north pasture just 3 days ago.  Since it was a bit breezy, I took mostly video footage.  The video is embedded here so you can take a short walk, enjoy the sparkling frost and snow covering the prairie plants and grasses - and not even catch a chill! (I'd recommend enlarging the screen or going directly to the You Tube link for a great view!)

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Happy 2013 to you and your loved ones out there, all our best in this New Year!!!