A female Red-winged Blackbird on an old cattail. I held long and got some good shots of her out on the prairie. These are one of the early birds to leave in the fall, so a sign that frost is coming and the summer is near its end. Seeing their arrival sparks ideas of the forthcoming spring and time to be starting a few things for the garden.
I often describe this friend as an Amish tractor. He has a matching brother who perform a variety of unmechanized farm work. It is a pleasure to watch them work, a treat I was fortunate to enjoy as a kid, picking corn by hand and riding three kids at a time on one of these gentle giants. This mule is a cross with a huge Belgium. A fun part is watching for carriages going down the road and wishing I could get around that way instead of my van I describe as my floating office.
This Baltimore Oriole has seen more of Central America than Baltimore.When my family immigrated here from Bohemia, they arrived by boat in Baltimore, so perhaps this has some draw to my liking this most beautiful bird. I have nectar feeders and a grape jelly feeder to keep them happy. Often they take a taste from hummingbird feeders. I have went through a huge jar of jelly already, a pair of Robins share the sweet tooth the Oriole has, along with a voracious appetite. My week is just starting with a lot of things to do on my list. I am headed out on the prairie to get that feel of being at one with nature. I would like to have some sun today, so it can activate the solar birdbath that just arrived in the mail.It only works in the sun, there is no backup energy supply. I added six solar lights of hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies that change color all night long. Hope my neighbors don't think they are from another planet. I hope to hear and share thoughts and feelings from all of you, carried on a gentle prairie breeze.