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The Life and Times of a Suburban Blue Bird

The suburbs are an interesting place to live in Mississippi. There is a part of the city mixed with some of the benefits of living out among nature. One of the most intriguing parts of this life is the observation of the variety of birds. My yard is filled with doves, cardinals, blue birds, wrens and robins all trying to feast on the bird feeders containing sunflower seeds. The lives of all of the birds are fun and interesting to watch. There are no predators in the yard so the birds enjoy the security of abundant food.

Jess built some bird houses and posted them on the fence. One of the first residents in the bird house is a male and female bluebird. The male is majestic in his blue color as he sports through the yard. He is looking a bit ruffled since bumbling the morning battle with another male blue bird. The female is beautiful but not as full of color. She is checking out the variety of houses looking for the perfect nesting spot.

The pair finally decide on a house in the corner of the yard and begin building a nest. The blue birds bring small twigs and other treasures to fill the nest. Some of the treasures for this nest come from our yard. There was a thunderstorm the night before and small twigs and leaves are now in the yard. Building the nest is a slow process that is observed for days before finally being finished. When the birds have move in we can see the twigs resting on the inside of the house.

It is not long before the nest is filled with eggs. The blue birds guard this nest very aggressively from any perceived predators. Some of the air battles with other birds are entertaining to watch. We have also observed a squirrel being chased away from the nest by the blue birds. They are serious protectors when it comes to their family.

Bluebird Jess

The female blue bird sits on the nest for hours each day. She rests her head on the entrance hole to house continually observing activity close to the house. The male will visit several times a day. He will often bring food and guard the nest while the female leaves to find food. This process will continue for a few weeks until the eggs are hatched.

After the eggs are hatched the young birds chirp in anticipation of the food their parents will bring. The birds feed their young several times a day. While we have several bird feeders containing sunflower seed, the female prefers to feed her young family spiders and other sources of protein. The bird house is close to a wooded area providing an abundance of this type of food.

Bluebird with spider jess

After a few weeks the young blue birds are ready to fly away.  The blue birds will continue to be with their young family for quite a while.  They will leave the bird house and teach the young birds how to live in the woods. Eventually the young blue birds will leave the parents to pursue their own lives.

Jess cleaned the bird house and discovered a small blue egg that did not develop. It was a pretty egg and I am sad that it did not hatch. The cycle of life can be disheartening at times. Sometimes there is loss in the renewal of life for these birds. The bird house is empty now waiting to be discovered by a new couple of birds in search of a nesting site.

A few days ago we observed a new male and female blue bird looking at another bird house in the yard. It appears that the cycle will begin anew. The new blue birds are bringing new twigs and other treasures to the bird house. Soon there will be eggs and the cycle of life will begin again.  Jess and I are looking forward to observing this young family grow and flourish. Nature is wonderful in life and abundance in this spring season.

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Nature’s Beauty

 

 

 

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Strawberry Park Wildlife

 

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The Moon

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Staring at the moon

shining in the night

secrets buried on the surface

what a sight

 

People have wondered

from the beginning of time

what secrets are buried

hidden in a mine

 

Are there aliens

space stations up there

is it made of cheese

does it have air

 

Such fun to sit at night

then to observe

a chance to go there

would I have the nerve

 

Beauty is abound

on this fine night

contemplating it all

with the star’s light

 

I am blessed

to watch this night sky

taking it all in

a pleasure to my eye

 

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Spring Blooms

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Spring bulbs

buried in the ground

sleeping contently

till time to come around

 

So many colors

waiting to show

it is not long now

till the end of snow

 

The colors are vibrant

new life in the air

bringing joy

to land once bare

 

The promise of a new day

meditation anew

my soul rejoices

at the red, yellow, and blues

 

The blooms remain

till time to bury again

taking nourishment from nature

the next cycle begins

 

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Music While Walking

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A tune to listen to while walking from The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others

 

 

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A Walk on the Beach

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A warm summer morning

grit beneath my feet

gentle waves coming in

relaxation in the heat

 

The birds are singing

a beautiful summer song

diving for fish

all the day long

 

The gulf brings in shells

filled with grit

treasures from the water

nature’s gifts

 

The sound is relaxing

renewing my soul

a morning meditation

speaking stories told

 

The waves are small

covering my feet with sand

a gentle massage

feels so grand

 

Time to enter the world

leaving this place

my soul is nourished

filled with God’s grace

 

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Skipper’s Apple Pie Caper

Skipper

The apple pie

across the picnic table sits

warm with an aromatic scent

Skipper eyeing it

 

He employs a caper

catching the air with his ears

flying high in the air

coming oh so near

 

Skipper’s mouth open

flying next to the pie

grabbing it quickly

before anyone can spy

 

He hits the ground

rushes next to a boat

carrying the pie

no time to gloat

 

The pie looks good

such a wonderful prize

he grazes upon it

a feast for the eyes

 

The pie tastes good

now it is all gone

time for a nap

on the lawn

 

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Pink Flamingo Caper

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The pink flamingo

riding along

enjoying life

singing a song

 

With his yellow bicycle

turning flips in the air

continuing to do capers

each with a flair

 

He stops for a soda

a cold drink to go

tossing ice in the air

throwing things to and fro

 

A bright summer afternoon

excitement in the air

the pink flamingo turns flips

causing people to stare

 

He stops at a cafe

his feet now on land

the bicycle is parked

while he listens to the band

 

More capers to come

it is beginning to rain

more fun to gain

on the yellow bicycle again

 

 

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A Savage Life Issue

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A storm has been raging

from deep within

a savage life issue

that never seems to end

 

A life issue

causing pain and strife

seems there is no relief

in this life

 

A small light emerges

an intentional life plan in place

slowly makes changes

asking God for grace

 

Each day that passes

the light begins to grow

the savage life issue lessens

the light starts to glow

 

It is over

thanking God for grace

there is no more pain

no more dark place

 

The morning sun is rising

a new day is here

stronger in spirit

grateful God is near

 

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