9/18/2008

Distracted Catbird

I was walking around the garden today and I noticed a very distracted Catbird hunting insects on the farm path. I have farm land bordering my yard and Mr. Distracted was hunting on a path made by my neighbor’s lawn mower. Supposedly he has permission from the farmer to dump his lawn clippings on the farmer’s land.




I jumped over the split rail fencing and the Catbird pretty much ignored me, even though I was pretty close to him. Generally Catbirds are skulking around and it’s pretty tough to get close to them. This particular Catbird really wasn’t worried and I managed to get some decent shots.





After finishing up with the Catbird I decided to check the nesting spot it had used earlier this year. Now that the leaves have started to drop it’s amazing how different the nest looks.


When I found the nest earlier this year it was VERY tough to see the nest, whereas it’s pretty easy to find now. Hopefully next year the pair will return.

Eastern Phoebes

I've had a great time watching the Phoebe family cruising around the garden catching bugs of all flavors. The entire family is hanging out sitting on my blue bird boxes, hanging out in the mulberry tree, dead pine and the trampoline. The Phoebe’s didn’t use the platform I put up, but having them around this year has inspired me to build another one. Having flycatchers in your garden is AWESOME! Today I was very amused watching one of them chasing a small butterfly around. Sadly the avian was outmaneuvered by the butterfly, although it wasn’t for a lack of trying!


The Indigo Bunting spent a lot of time in this spot, although with him I think it was about convenience. He would cruise across the garden and land on his viewing spot. He'd make sure the coast was clear and then he'd pop down to the feeders.