Meadow Birds

We have moved house within the same town. Our new house is on the northern edge over-looking farmland. This has given us new birds to see from our north and east facing windows.

The first new bird for us to add to our list is the Eastern Kingbird.  They spend lots of time on the bushes in the un-mowed field in front of our house. A couple of days ago we saw two of them doing a dance of flying around in a vertical oval.  After a dance, they’d stop and sit on a branch for awhile; after every dance, they’d sit a little closer.  At that point, we left them to it.

The next is the Killdeer. We have seen and heard lot of them since we moved. One day we had a family group walk through our yard. The young are exact miniatures of the adults.

The last new bird for us is the Meadow Lark.  They fly in, sit on a bush top for a time, and then drop down to their ground nests when they think that no one is looking.

Of the birds with which we are familiar, we have had Purple Finches come to our west facing deck and Gold Finches fly by at a distance. The Purple Finches began to build nest in the rafters of our deck. They stopped when a Cowbird started to show some interest.

We are looking forward to seeing the changes which the seasons will bring to the landscape which is our new view and to its inhabitants.

About Tweed and Briar

I am the pastor of a rather conservative rural congregation. My interests alongside of work are hunting, fly fishing, cooking, and life in an agricultural community. By way of family, I have a wife and two children: a daughter and a son. I am of indeterminate age because my wife is a bit younger than I am and my son is ages with some of my friends’ grandchildren. However, to say that I slip smoothly among the generations would imply an agility which I no longer possess. I aspire to the genteel poverty of the country manse.
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