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Life in Colour & Bird Weekly Challenges – Brown

Here is my entry for Jude’s, Travel Word Blog, Life in Colour Challenge with the topic of Brown the Colour of Mother Earth. This is also my entry for Lisa’s from Our Eyes Open blog, Bird Weekly – Photo Challenge with the topic of Brown Feathered Birds.

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  1. It’s cold today. I went out and fed them, realized we’re getting low on black sunflower seeds and I hope the food outlasts the month because I’m also out of money. It costs three times as much to feed the birds as it does to feed the dog and at least two of the three humans. Who knew bird food could cost so much?

    A lot of our best brown birds aren’t seed eaters, so we don’t see them very often. We get some sparrows, but not as many as it seems we should and although we clearly have hundreds of American Crows — and I only know this because once, a whole murderous mob showed up, probably chasing a hawk but stopping for a quick snack (they don’t seem to like our seeds … and I can’t afford peanuts too). I think those thinks way up in the oaks that look like birds actually ARE birds. They are our vigilante crows, watching out for hawks and ravens who eat smaller birds and raid their nests.

    Now that we have big groups of blue jays coming to eat, the little birds are not as afraid of them. Maybe having an alternate food source has made them less predatory?

    Anyway, this isn’t the best time of year for brown birds. Those seem to be our summertime birds. The joyfully singing Carolina Wens and the friendly little Chipper Sparrows and all the European Sparrows — and of course the baby birds who all seem to be some shade of fuzzy brown.

    I’m going to wait another hour or two until the sun moves to the other side of the house and take some pictures, if the birds are agreeable. Since I just put out fresh food and water, there should be some. Last I looked, half a dozen blue jays were perched on the one rather small flat feeder. I think I need a bigger flat feeder. Maybe one that doesn’t need to hang, but sits on the deck itself.

    Why do I think that growing flowers has gone out the window as more and more birds have come to visit? They did their best to completely wreck my fuchsia last year by using it as a park bench while waiting for a feeder to free up.

    Tomorrow, all my research on crows, local and foreign will be up. Tish Farrell was writing about her Rooks and I wondered if we had rooks and by the time I had researched which crows lived where, I discovered we not only have crows, but we also have ravens — and they HATE each other. And, moreover, the mobbing mentality of American Crows makes them our own woodland vigilantes, patrolling for predatory birds — and any raven they spy. They also roust the Cooper and Sharp-Shinned Hawks (big small bird eaters) and even eagles and red-shouldered hawks. They can’t really HURT those bigger stronger birds, but apparently annoy them so much, they give up and leave.

    I’m rambling. It’s hard to talk about birds because I’m the one most interested in them and while Garry has a mild interest and Owen a more medium interest, they are nearly as enthusiastic as I want them to be. They don’t get excited when something new and different shows up. I mean — to how many people CAN I ramble on about birds?

    Hope I haven’t bored you!

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