Common grackle


This adult male grackle was foraging for food amongst the needles of a cypress tree.  His shiny black plumage took on a glossy-iridescence when struck by the bright sunlight.

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.  ~Aaron Rose

In search of the Sandhill Cranes

After spotting three Sandhill Cranes on farmland near our house, I was curious to find out why the cranes were in the area.   I did an online search and discovered that “Hop-in Refuge”, located not far from us in West Tennessee, is a wintering home to several thousand Sandhill Cranes each year.  Used as farmland during the summer, it is then flooded to provide habitat for birdlife during the winter months.  I was excited to go on a road trip in search of the Sandhill Cranes.  We found that though the refuge is closed during the months of November thru February, there are plenty of cranes to see dotting the farmland in the surrounding area.

“Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures.”  ~Unknown


We’ve had so many cloudy days lately, that it is good to see the sun — even if it is just peeking out from behind the clouds.

“Truth is like the sun.  You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”  ~Elvis Presley



I was watching this squirrel scamper about in a pine tree, when suddenly he stopped and turned to look at me.  I guess that we were both a little curious.

“The cure for boredom is curiosity.  There is no cure for curiosity.”  ~Dorothy Parker

Sandhill Cranes

During a walk on our country road, I heard a strange bugling sound that I was unfamiliar with.  Looking around, I saw three tall birds standing off on the other side of the field.  They were Sandhill Cranes searching for food in a harvested corn field.

“When we hear his call, we hear no mere bird. We hear the trumpet in the orchestra of evolution.”  ~Aldo Leopold

Stirring up the Snow Geese

The Snow Geese are back at Reelfoot Lake, and the Bald eagles are keeping an eye on them in hopes of acquiring an easy meal.  Whenever a lookout detects a threat from an eagle, a call goes out to the rest of the flock, and the Snow Geese take flight.

“If you feel the urge, don’t be afraid to go on a wild goose chase.  What do you think wild geese are for anyway?”  ~Will Rogers


Sitting high


Driving along the levee beside the Mississippi River, I spotted an American Kestrel perched on a power line, hunting for insects and small prey.  It is a small and colorful member of the falcon family.

“There are things we see with our eyes, sitting high and looking out. And there are things we see with our hearts, sitting still and looking in.”  ~Philip Gulley