The Wild Birds

One thing I enjoy about this time of year...there are many things, of course....is the return of some of the birds.   I am starting to hear them singing in the mornings and late afternoon.   Their songs are so sweet.  Sometimes I look them up online to find out specifically what they are.   Most of the time I have a general idea and just enjoy their presence.   Well, most of them.   There are others that become a nuisance.


Look at these pretty little birds enjoying a small bowl of water for their daily baths.



And others sitting in the branches of the lilac bush.   They all love the lilac bush.







Then there are others who live here year round and are not appreciated.    Clarabelle is at the window.   "Chicken Mama, the Magpies are here and they are eating all our food.   Come out here and do something about it."


The Magpies are so handsome and sassy, but the truth is they are gang bangers.   They come in groups, wearing their colors, and I'm positive have switchblades strapped to their legs.   And they'll cut any other bird who gets in their way.   They don't let me take good photos because they don't want to be identified.   But I caught this one on the fence one day thinking about the next turf war against the blackbirds.

And lastly, we have the road crew.   They are also here year round and they do a very important job.   I caught this couple discussing the lunch menu.



We try to live in harmony here on our little ranch.   Nobody has actually been injured so I guess we'll just let Mother Nature rule for one more season.

Comments

Kerri said…
Super post! The white crowned sparrow is gorgeous!
My Kid's Mom said…
I miss all the birds now that I live in town. Used to love to watch them at the feeders.
TexWisGirl said…
the magpie is so cool looking! the white-crowned photo is really beautiful!
Love the shot of the bird at the window...
missing moments said…
Funny about the magpies .... love that shot of one on the fence post.
Karen said…
The magpies are beautiful!... cracking up at the roadcrew and complaining chicken.
Judy said…
Wonderful shots!
Wonder what the road crew had for lunch. Certainly their wives pack them some great meaty sandwiches?
CountryDew said…
Those are lovely shots. You and your sister obviously have some talent with a camera.
Your post is a reminder that I need to get my feeders filled again because we are also seeing the return of the birds here in northern Virginia. We don't have Magpies, but we did in Alaska and I loved them, but I had no idea they were 'gang-bangers,' I thought they were just another 'pretty bird!' silly me! :-)
Gone Country said…
Great photos!

I can't believe how many birds you had 'lined up' for a bath!
Lore said…
Magpie gangsters!!! LOL!

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