Bringing Home the Bacon

Today it snowed at the Stone House. I only know this because of Facebook. My friends and neighbors posted about the historic May snowfall in the Ozarks. Seems like tomatoes will be slim pickings this year. As for me, I’m not there. I’m on the road and starting a big adventure today, so I missed the historic snow. My pomegranates, however, did not. Hopefully they will handle this brief interruption to spring.

Reading all the posts about snow made me think about my Bluebirds of Happiness. It’s been about a month since they moved in. After the male approved the new digs, they set about to nest building. In my view he seemed to leave most of the nest building to the female. He stood watch while she made hundreds of trips back and forth with twigs and grass. He would look in from time to time, but I thought he was taking the easy route – just watching her do the heavy lifting….

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In retrospect, I think I have been a little hard on Mr. Happiness. I haven’t dared to look into the bird houses, but it’s clear that there is a big need for protein these days. The Mrs. makes it out of the box occasionally, but Mr. Happiness is definitely carrying his weight. Mother and young are eating up a storm…

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In one ten-minute period I saw him make 5 deliveries to the birdhouse. I never saw him eat anything himself – he would hit the ground, grab some grub, and take a quick look around from one of his favorite vantage points, before hitting the doorway of his home. I wonder how many mouths he has to feed. I wonder how long it will be before he can get back to sitting pretty and keeping watch…

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42 thoughts on “Bringing Home the Bacon

  1. It’s funny, but whenever I see an amazing photo of a bird, I have started expecting to see your name as the photographer.
    These ones are also so lovely πŸ™‚

      • They are indeed πŸ™‚
        I have had my first attempt of taking photographs of the birds in our garden. I think it is so hard to get them in focus. They are so quick. I don’t know how you do it. I’ll try and adjust my settings.. Right now however, I’ll go out and celebrate our national day πŸ˜€

        • I spend a lot of time where the birds feed so they are not to cautious of me. I think the most important thing to get a good focus on a bird is to have good light. If it is grey or too bright they can blend into the background and your camera needs contrast to focus. Are you shooting through a window? Enjoy your holiday! πŸ™‚

          • How can you tell? I always open the window and hang out of it. Now that I’m done with exams, I can hopefully spend more time actually outside.

            Thank you for the advice, it sounds like a good one πŸ™‚
            I’ll try and see if it helps.

            The holiday has been a great one. Although having just 4 days off, it feels as if it was a really long one. I guess that’s what it’s like when you get lots done.
            I shot so many beautiful pictures by the cabin, but when I wanted to load them into my PC all the recent ones was gone. The old pictures on the memory card was still there. Do you have any idea what may have happened?

          • Is is possible that the photos are stored in your camera’s memory? Some cameras have that option – the other possibility is that they are on the memory card in another folder – look to see if there are others that your computer is not defaulting to – they have to be there.

  2. Snow?!! Wow!! Our grass is finally green and it’s getting warmer. Lovely photos as usual Lorri – enjoy your travels and I wish you a safe trip back home when you’re done. πŸ™‚

  3. Lorri – can’t believe you are gone and missing all the excitement! It has snowed ALL DAY! Bob and I went to Springfield today and it rained, snowed and sleeted on us pretty much the whole time. And I have a yard full of very cold hummingbirds – I am keeping the feeders filled – can’t do anything else to protect them. Love these photos – he is a handsome fella – K

    • I know – crazy. I have three hummingbird feeders out so I think they will be ok. I have totally fallen in live with the bluebirds – such a hard working couple.

  4. NIce photos of the bluebird.
    A pair of bluebirds recently built a nest in the paper holder underneath my mailbox.
    Now I hear little voices chirping inside.
    Luckily, we don’t get the paper, so they will not be bothered !

  5. They’re doing well, aren’t they? Mr Happiness is obviously a busy dad. Reminds me of our European blackbirds – the dad is a better parent than the mum once the chicks have fledged, he feeds them so much you’d think they’d burst! We’ve got that to look forward to (along with chaffinches, sparrows, dunnocks, bluetits and many others.)

    I love your birdy photos. I wish we had bluebirds here.

    • They really seem to be thriving. This is the only species that I see the male working so hard. Impartial to bluebirds, we had a type in the desert where I grew up that was so beautiful, but not as friendly as these guys.

      Hear the calling of so many baby birds that I can’t locate, I know they are nesting all around – chickadees, titmice, cardinals, finches, and buntings. Next month there should be young hummers out too! Springtime is the best!

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