“I don’t feed the birds because they need me; I feed the birds because I need them.”
~ Kathi Hutton
(Quote Source: goodreads.com)
(Purple finch and pine siskin at my feeder.)
I ran across today’s quote while perusing the site goodreads.com. According to the site, Ms. Hutton has not written any books and there was little else listed about her. I wanted to use her quote, however, because it was encouraging for me to know that someone else in the world feels like I do about feeding the birds.
~Edna Jaques, (1891-1978) Canadian lecturer, author and poet
In reviewing this photo I noticed just how long and narrow are the legs of the white-tailed deer. And, I considered that these very same legs are their best defense against the dangers of their environment. For as I approached the deer, they turned to run from me with tremendous grace and speed. Amazing.
“Man needs spiritual expression and nourishing…even in the prehistoric era, people would scrawl pictures of bison on the walls of caves.”
~ Fernando Botero, (1932- ) Columbian Artist
The National Bison Legacy Act was signed into law on May 9, 2016 by President Barack Obama, making the bison the official national mammal of the United States. This handsome and powerful animal has been recognized for its important role in our national history. Cool!
My neighborhood recently enjoyed the antics of a pair of wild turkeys. The pairs’ visit was unusual enough that I grabbed my camera to record the event. Other neighbors observed the birds through their windows and folks driving by slowed to a stop. For a moment, we were all focused on the same thing. Fun!
Instead of a quote, today I share with you a brief clip from a 1950’s television show, The Honeymooners. Characters Ralph Kramden (Jackie Gleason) and Ed Norton (Art Carney) are meeting for lunch in the park when Ed spots a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.
(Television clip found on YouTube.com)
I grew up believing that a bird with this curious name was merely fictional. To me, the name was invented by a television writer to add humor to this particular sketch on The Honeymooners.
Fast forward to the summer of 2015 when I caught a shot of this bird. I had not seen it before. Imagine my surprise to learn that it was in fact a real Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Wow!
So, I guess this is what Ed Norton was looking at in the park that day with his binoculars.
“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”
~ Camille Pissarro, (1830-1903) Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter
A White-Throated Sparrow peering at me from the safety of a lilac bush. I became aware of this little bird only because of its movement among the branches. The ability of birds and animals to blend into their surroundings is amazing.
“The universe is composed of subjects to be communed with, no objects to be exploited. Everything has its own voice. Thunder and lightning and stars and planets, flowers, birds, animals, trees — all these have voices and they constitute a community of existence that is profoundly related.”
~ Thomas Berry (1914-2009), Catholic priest of the Passionist order
(Quote via ourhabitatgarden.org)
The Northern Flicker is a woodpecker that often excavates nest holes in dead or diseased trees. As I strolled my property I heard, and then discovered, one hammering on a dead tree. I hoped that a nest was being built! It turned out that this handsome bird was not in the market for a home, but I did get a chance to take a few photographs.
“Behold my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!”
~ Sitting Bull (1831-1890) Chief of the Lakota Sioux Nation
The Rough-legged Hawk breeds in the arctic during the summer months, but winters in the U.S. and southern Canada. I feel fortunate whenever I see one in the spring as it migrates north back through Minnesota.
This handsome bird had a partner off in the distance. I’m hoping their nesting season is a successful one!
“It’s not just in the air. Spring is in the light. There’s a different light in March and April. It’s in the grass, leaves and flowers. It’s in the birdsong and the baaa of baby lambs. Mostly though, spring blooms in my heart.”
~ Toni Sorenson, Author
A young fox made an unexpected visit to my garden one lovely spring morning.
~Estee Lauder (1908-2004) American businesswoman and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
(Quote via Goodreads.com)
The Northern Shrike summers in the northern reaches of Canada and Alaska. It only appears in Minnesota when it returns to the lower 48 during winter. The size of a medium songbird, this carnivorous creature feeds on rodents, small birds, and large insects. (Source: allaboutbirds.org)
The Hooded Merganser is the smallest of the three merganser species common to North America. In my opinion, this species moves quickly! They are quite adept at avoiding me and my camera. I was pleased to catch a shot of this male near the shoreline.