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“The Bluebird carries the sky on his back”

I just love this quote by Henry David Thoreau! The bluebird is such a bright, beautiful shade of blue and always seems to evoke a smile from me, even when I am feeling down. It’s as if he really carries the Carolina blue sky on his back. They have been a favorite bird of mine for years. I had seen them around our neighborhood for years before ever seeing one in my own backyard. I remember that day vividly! I was so excited that three of them had landed in my tree but they didn’t stick around long enough for me to get a picture of them. They would return every once in awhile but never with any regularity even though I put out mealworms for them. But finally during the spring of 2019 a pair of them decided to nest in my backyard. My husband put up a nice Bluebird nest box for them, they checked it out and decided to move in. The female got to work and started building her nest over the course of about 10-14 days, and I would sneak out while she was gone and check on her progress. One day while checking on her progress I discovered a bright blue egg, one more the next day and each day after that until there were 5 beautiful blue eggs in the nest. Then she would sit on the eggs while her mate brought her […]

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The Health Benefits of Birding

I know I love grabbing my camera and binoculars and heading outdoors to go birdwatching. Every day of birding is different than the day before, you never know what you’ll see or find next and for me that is exhilarating! Part of the thrill is wondering what bird I may discover that day. There have been a few times that I have come across a rare bird for my area which always adds to the fun. Birding or birdwatching really is an easy hobby to start. You don’t need much equipment and since birds are basically everywhere you don’t have to travel far to watch them. Start by walking around your own yard or a nearby park. The best part is your yard and most nearby parks are free! According to a 2016 survey by the US Fish and Wildlife Service more than 45 million people watch birds around their homes and away from home. If 45 million people are doing it there has to be something to it. Plus, birdwatching can be very beneficial to your health. It is great exercise and great way to get some fresh air – Some days I will be caught up in my birding and photography that I don’t even realize the miles I have walked or hiked. Birdwatching gets me outside enjoying the sun and the fresh air. It is great for your brain – Think of the workout your brain gets […]

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Carolina Chickadee

Going back to the beginning… It all started with a simple, little bird at a simple, little feeder and grew from there. I still remember the day I noticed the little, gray, white, and black bird at my parents’ feeder and how interesting I found it to be. I quickly snapped a shot and set off to identify it. A Carolina Chickadee is what came up when I searched online. A Carolina Chickadee, a resident bird that lives in my area year round yet in the 8 or so years that I had lived in North Carolina I had never noticed one before. How unfortunate for me. These little birds bring big smiles whenever I catch a glimpse of one or hear one. That simple, little feeder has grown to include over 8 feeders spaced around my backyard. I have a few chickadees that regularly come to feeders now. Each time they seem to announce themselves with their call and I often wonder if they are letting me know they are here or talking to each other, I like to think the former. I now know that there are 5 species of Chickadees in the North America: Carolina Chickadee Black-capped Chickadee Boreal Chickadee – probably requires a trip to Canada to see Mountain Chickadee – need to head out the to California and the SW United States for this one Chestnut-backed Chickadee – need to head to Northern California and […]

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