Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter!

This is Phil, one of three famous peacocks that live at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City,1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St. The other two are conventional peacock blue and green colors. They all roam freely around the grounds. White Phil stands out and he looks like an Easter bird to me. The sign says no dogs on the grass but absolutely nothing about peacocks, right? Happy Holiday!  Click to enlarge.

Sunday, March 28, 2021


Once again time to quote favorite lines from a favorite spring poem.

"Hounds of Spring" from Atalanta in Calydon by Algernon Charles Swimburne.

"For winter''s rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remember'd is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover,
Blossom by blossom the spring begins." 

Click to enlarge.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

More Turkey Appreciation


I know I just wrote a blog about wild turkeys last week, noting their colorful heads. But they came back and this time on a sunny day that showed off their iridescent feathers. Turns out the turkey is not just a big brown bird with a flashy head. 

It's a walking rainbow!

Some details. Click to enlarge.

Feathers like burnished metal scales.

Copper, gold, and bronze.


Sunday, March 14, 2021

Wild Turkeys

Wild turkeys have been passing through my yard lately. Males are primed for breeding season. This one kept spreading his tail, puffing up his feathers, and strutting. And what female turkey could resist that red, white, and blue skin head?  

Striking the classic turkey pose.

Then there's this guy who seems to be still growing into his head gear. Click to enlarge.

Some turkey facial ornaments have names. That's a snood dangling over the the beak, red wattles under the chin, and various other head bumps are called caruncles. Get a load of the snood on this guy. And the wattles. And the caruncles.

Looking good, turkeys!

Sunday, March 7, 2021

Wherever There Are Flowers


Remember last week's blog about crocuses? A day after the flowers bloomed a fleet of honeybees arrived and got to work in them. There were so many honeybees that the flower patch was humming. Click to enlarge.

See the big yellow pollen sac on this one's hind leg? It's stuffed with tasty crocus pollen.

Christy Lefteri wrote in The Beekeeper of Aleppo: "Where there are bees there are flowers, and wherever there are flowers there is new life and hope." There are only 12 days to go until spring.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Spring Sign!


First crocuses! They popped up on Thursday. Click to enlarge.

As the famous horticulturalist Gertrude S. Wister once said: "The flowers of late winter and early spring occupy places in our hearts well out of proportion to their size." I agree.   I love finding the first flowers.

They are proof that spring is beginning to waken. Only 19 days until it officially begins.      I think that it will be extra nice this year.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Stand Up Comedian, er... Crow


So this crow lands on my lawn. Then two more. But then they all flew away. 

 It was an attempted murder. 


Although, technically, it's only a murder if you have probable caws. 

But seriously folks, what's this about Botox being good for crow's feet?

 Click on the photos to enlarge.

Brought to you by the American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos, or as friends call him, Vel. Vel Crow.