My Kind of Fireworks

Don't you just love it... When something you have seen your whole life, something ordinary... like a catbird. A fascinating vocal repertoire to be sure, being relatives of the mockingbird and all. Yet decked out in slate gray feathers with darker gray highlights, black crown and dark black button eyes. All in all pretty plain... …

A Bright Flicker at My Window

I had the most unexpected visitor this morning, right outside my window. The prettiest yellow-shafted male flicker suddenly appeared on the roof! Shooting through a window and a pollen-coated screen, the images took on an almost "dreamy" look. Fortunately for me, this charming fellow didn't seem to mind the attention one little bit. As a …