Sunday, September 29, 2019

Little runners

Two wrens working the back garden. Have bugs, all birds welcome. Scooting all over the eplace.
By comparison it's easy photographing the robins. They're eating fermented berries. Then they sit for a while.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Nice mixture

In the backyard a hermit thrush. skittish as usual.
End of season robin
Extraordinary trust near Laupot Bridge. West End Avenue doves won't line up for food.
Waiting for hummers at the jewelweed. One distant hummer, but close up grosbeak eating jewelweed seeds.
Black and white warbler, female,  and nibbling cardinal.
                                                 Good day.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Into the window

The doorman called me, "Come quick. Bird in trouble on sidewalk."  I got dressed in 30 seconds, grabbed my gear... camera, laytex gloves, paper towels, plastic bags, ran out door and forgot my keys.  Oh, poor baby, a female scarlet tanager, small bird, smaller than a robin. Most likely it flew into a window and concussed itself. I put on gloves and gently placed it under bushes away from path.  No flies hovering, so I knew this bird was still alive.  Every once in a while it nodded its head and opened its eyes.
I had to take care of some business. When I got back three hours later the bird was no longer there. Great!  Lots of bugs in our garden and running water.  Recovered and on its way.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Odd lot

Very quiet in back garden. One hermit thrush
The sunflowers are beautiful. Waiting for finches to arrive.
Young dove from final nest. Big baby.

Saturday, September 21, 2019


Off to Fairway for some groceries. In the front of the store, inside, they had chunks of jackfruit, probably 1/4 of the total fruit pod. Jackfruit??? What's that?? Looks totally weird. How much? Less than $3.  I could buy a bar of chocolate for more than that. Why not try Jackfruit, inexpensive fun. Maybe.
Time to check out. I asked the cashier, "How does it taste"? No idea, but another gal knew. "It tastes like nothing".  Oh boy, I'm going to have fun, buy something that doesn't cost much that has no taste. I asked her what part of this hunk you eat. "Most people eat the yellow part".   Now I'm ready for anything. Go home. Take off plastic wrapping and take pictures. I also like photographing dead fish. 
Fascinating looking. Sort of smells fruity, subtle.
Now for the operation. How to cut this thing. Poke and a big seed pops out, just like a bird pellet.
I nibble a bit. Mmmm, nice, sweetish, mangoish?   It took about 1/2 an hour to get all the "meat" out. Take more pictures.
Saving some of the fruit for later. It tastes pleasant. I love playing with my food. Jackfruit. Whoever knew?  There are recipes online. I'll eat the raw fruit for now.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Park Stroll

At Wagner Cove the cardinal family came asking for food, Papa and juvenile. Juvenile is capable of grabbing food.

                                              Catbbird eyeballed me from next tree
It's always nice to spot a young hawk. Cardinals were sounding an alarm.
In back garden parent dove watching the youngsters. They're out and about on.

                           Beautiful young doves.