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close avian encounters of a surprising kind


Having finished planting some tomatoes and peppers in the deck boxes, I was leaning on the railing, contemplating nature and stuff, when a young blue jay swooped up from the gully and landed on the railing about 4″ from my elbow. He looked at me, I looked at him, and then a big male robin bombed him and a lightning quick scuffle ensued.

Blue jay beat wings to the other side of the deck with a broken tail feather and the robin, beak full of feathers, perched on the telephone wire and pooped his displeasure.



these two furry friends were napping in our back yard on either side of the xmas salt lick i put in the gully.


Found this lovely under the chestnut oak out back. Guess what we’re eating for dinner tonight!


of dogs and deer

Late this morning, a couple deer came into the yard to inspect the bamboo removal. Loki went down into the yard to inspect the deer, when things turned decidedly weird and luckily I had my camera to record some of it.

loki watching the deer

I really expected the deer to take off. Her fawn was quite far back, but she was watching the interchange intently. This deer is definitely showing interest in Loki, which is totally unexpected.

coming closer

Suddenly, she starts up the hill straight for Loki!

she's on her way up!

Loki freaked out, pawed and dug the ground like a bull ready to charge, and the deer and her fawn took off.

I so wish I had a fast lens! As it was, my camera was set to 400 ISO by mistake, so the pictures aren’t nearly as good as they could have been. If you want to see them all (just a few more really), go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/thereallinda/sets/72157621624024061/

the great bamboo battle, part II

So today the task was to bundle up the long bamboo poles so that we can put them out for yard waste pickup which happens once a week. We chopped off the root bundles along with the brambles and poison ivy that were mixed in with the bamboo and put those into large construction grade garbage bags. We filled about 5 large bags and made around 5 or 6 large bundles of long bamboo poles. The pile did not seem much diminished by our efforts.

Then Brni had the brilliant idea to dump as much of the bamboo, roots and poison ivy into the old cesspool pit. When we moved here nine years ago, I found the old cesspool in the back yard had not been filled in as it was supposed to be, so basically we had a huge pit but no pendulum. For safety, I got a very large, thick piece of blue slate and put it over the hole, then placed a birdbath on it to keep people and critters from falling through to an untimely death.

Here’s a picture of the pit:

the pit 1

And here we see Brni bending bamboo and stuffing it into the pit.

bending bamboo

not happy

The pit is full.

in the pit

Bags of roots ready to go out with the trash.

bagged bamboo

The pit is covered, marked only by the birdbath … no one will ever know.

covered up

It’ll take a few weeks to dispose of the remaining bags and bundles, but the grunt work is done!
Yay us!

the great bamboo battle

When we moved into our house the summer after the turn of the millennium, there was a pretty little patch of bamboo that had traveled from my neighbor’s yard to mine. I thought it was adorable, but Judy cautioned me not to encourage it. I didn’t listen and since then, I’ve been waging war on the damned stuff. The bamboo tolerated my feeble attempts to tame it and then cut a green swath through my backyard. The bamboo invasion was wildly successful; my yard, occupied territory.

Until we called the Yugoslavs. Three of them came, armed with shovels, rakes and a mattock. They chopped, pulled, ripped and hurled Serbian curses until the yard was cleared and the bamboo uprooted and piled high against the chestnut oak.

bamboo eradication-2

uprooted bamboo

The bamboo that is left is looming over the property line. We still need to lay down about 75 ft of barrier to keep it from sending in reinforcements.

property line

After the barrier is laid down, I can turn my attention to a truly fierce invader…

poison ivy
ah…the poison ivy is fruiting.


As I think about it, maybe I’ll call a truce with this one. I think she and I can work out an arrangement.

crows in trees

One afternoon last fall I took some pictures of a crow who lives on my street and then promptly forgot all about them. I found them today while I was poking around my files. They are by no means good photos, not having a decent lens for distance, but I like them all the same.

This one looked nice in black & white.
crow TV

I took a lot of this one harvesting cherries in the big cherry tree in my gully. These are the only ones that even came close to turning out ok. I need a bigger, faster lens sooooooo bad.

crow in cherry tree

crow in cherry tree

after she finished eating, she cleaned off her beak on a branch. how i wish i could have gotten closer.
crow grooming

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