Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

“While it may seem small, the ripple effects of small things is extraordinary.”  Matt Bevin

Napping sparrow

This sparrow found a nice, quiet, partially sunny spot on the side of the birdbath to take a little siesta.  It was hard not to yawn as I watched this peaceful little scene.

“… May we learn to honor the hammock, the siesta, the nap and the pause in all its forms.”  ~Alice Walker

 

Feeding on coneflower seeds

This goldfinch was feasting on the seed head of a purple coneflower.  When the stalks are left intact, they can enjoy coneflower seeds from summer into autumn.  Flower heads that are leftover can be cut and hung out for goldfinch to feed on during the winter.

“Whatever are the benefits of fortune, they yet require a palate fit to relish and taste them.”  ~Michel de Montaigne

Bird watching

Back in early May, I spotted two birds in the Reelfoot Lake area that I had never photographed before.  The first was an Eastern Kingbird.  Quite a dapper looking fellow, he was sitting in a Cypress tree out in the lake.  I watched for some time as he flew off to snatch insects out of the air and then returned to the comfort of his perch in  the tree.

The other was a Baltimore Oriole sitting in a tree at the State Park.  He and his female companion were busy with the task of nest-building.  Between all the flurry of activity, he seemed to be dutifully guarding the site.  Baltimore Orioles migrate through our area in the springtime, but generally move northward for the summer.

You never know what you’re going to see when you get out in nature, find a quiet spot and take the time to listen and observe.

“Sometimes when we just stand still the grace finds us.”  ~Mary Davis

Noisy Grackles

I often enjoy retreating to the quietness of our backyard to sit and enjoy nature.  But recently, the backyard was unusually noisy due to several families of Common Grackles.  The dull brown juveniles screeched and squawked, demanding their parents’ attention.  The adults chattered as they made continual trips to the feeders in order to satisfy the endless appetites of the insistent juveniles.  Though an interesting scene to observe, the disturbance made by the grackles was quite the opposite of the peace and quiet that I had been expecting to find.

“We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.”  ~Samuel Johnson