Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Garden Party,,,

A VERY uncooperative Hermit Thrush peeping through our living room window.

Saturday I thought it would be better to sit on the sofa and stare blankly at the television and "This Old House" reruns than to do the yard work that The Doodles requires of me. While drifting in and out of conscientiousness, I felt a pair of eyes staring at me. We have a small feeder hanging inches from the window and quite often the Northern Cardinals and the Tufted Titmouseseses sit there and stare as a hint for me to fill up the feeder!

Saturdays eyes felt a little different. They would be there for a split second until I would look up...then *poof*, they were gone. I went for the camera, as I'm not your average fool(I am an ABOVE average fool!) The eyes came and went when I returned. "This is better than yard work" I said to myself. I will stand guard against this alien and protect our humble home.

Finally the eyes sat still long enough in the shrubbery for me to get a few shots. Most of which were up to my extremely low standards. I have no pride as you well know. I ran back and forth between the living room and dining room windows trying to catch this feathery fiend. I'm sure the neighbors that were out doing the proper yard work kind of thing were perplexed at my running back and forth!

At long last I could see enough of him(Ha! Who's faster than a bird now, Superman?) to identify him. A Hermit Thrush! And all alone! How appropriate.

Satisfied that I captured the evidence I needed, and "This Old House" now being LONG over, I thought " I better get my butt outside before The Doodles gets home and kicks it!" So I did. Like I said, I'm not your average fool...

And what did I find in the back gardens you may ask? Or you may not, but I don't care. This is my blog and I will show you and tell you anything I want. So there. Ha.

A Hermit that's not a loner!
And yes, I did check out front again and found his peeping Tom buddy still out there.

Here's an Eastern Towhee trying to help pick up leaves.
He picked them up and just flipped them over.
Towhees are terrible at yard work.

Final BUTT Of The Day!!!
A Ruby-crowned Kinglet trying to knock the rest of the leaves down.
These birds were no help at all...


  1. Very interesting story! We were laughing at you going from living room to dining room to get the photo. Intrigued too that the birds have a way of trying to tell you to fill up the feeder. In the end, it was a butt photo well earned:)

  2. My shots through windows are worse than yours. Excellent shot in your backyard.
    I'm finished my yardwork but then it's been minus 6 C for a few nights.

  3. Delightful post. Just what I needed to start my day!! I play the windows game, too, and sometimes feel like the cat chattering at the birds it can't get to!!

  4. There is nothing wrong with taking a shot through the window, I, in fact, take a lot in winters climate. Keep it up, its become a new horizon, and, it also can help with food.

  5. A lovely post to read Dave..I really enjoy your humour.
    It's why I first followed your blog..

  6. Wow excellent for the hermit in the garden! Well done!!! Over here it is just winter so nothing interesting reported or seen ;-)

  7. Enjoyable read! As for yard work...I have a 10 year plan but it keeps getting push ahead ;)