Plainfield gold

Today is the first day of 2020 AD. The ice storm has moved on but the effects still remain with temperatures in the low 20’s Fahrenheit. The view is beautiful; a winter wonderland wherever you look. However, the birds probably have a different take on their environment today. This morning, I was inundated with […]

Icicles galore

It is amazing how beautiful, but potentially deadly your world encased in ice can be. This was not a surprise occurrence as it was widely forecast. I awoke this morning to the gentle tinkling of iced rain on the side of the house and windows. As I peered out the window, the ice laced […]

Weather front change

No matter where you live, changes in weather come and go. There might be a change in temperature, a feeling of the barometric pressure rising or falling with an ache in your knees, or the wonderful scent in the air after a spring rain. Animals also notice these changes; birds migrate ahead of a […]

Transition Time

Even if you didn’t know it was September, you would know there is a change in the air. The nights are cooler and the days take time to warm up. The sky is a clear blue and the humidity has vanished. The deciduous trees are not the same deep summer green; they have mellowed […]

Spring is here!

Spring is in the air although it does not look like it what with the brown grass and bare trees. There are grey, leaded clouds overhead, but the blackbirds are back; red-winged, common grackles, starlings in large numbers. Several pair of Canada geese circled overhead checking out living accommodations at the local ponds including […]


About 30 nomadic Evening Grosbeaks blew in yesterday. Their bright yellow, grey, black and white coloring was a delight to see against the bland white landscape. They availed themselves of the sunflower seeds in the feeders in the honeysuckle bush outside the dining room window. They stayed for about 10 minutes and then they were […]

Northern visitors

I was fortunate enough to walk through the dining room at just the right moment to view the front yard and the feeders in the large honeysuckle bush. There on a patch of ground uncovered by the snow plow, at first glance I thought they were Lapland Longspurs, but then quickly realized these birds had […]

Traffic around the feeders

Monday as I looked out the window where the feeders hang in the large honeysuckle bush, there clustered among the top branches were six Red-winged blackbirds. Perhaps they were youngsters from this year and finally realized they were past due to leave for warmer climes and just searching for a place to rest before moving […]

Canadas still flying south

It has been an interesting week on the farm. Late Sunday afternoon on my way out to close up the chickens for the night, I heard the faint call of a Canada goose. After looking all around me, I saw a small skeine of them flying low and thought they were headed for the pond. […]

Signs of an upcoming winter

This morning while sitting at my dining room table siping a warm cup of coffee, I was thrilled to see the arrival of several Pine Siskins checking out the feeders in our old honeysuckle bush. They are a delicate-looking, but hardy little finch with a thin bill and flashes of yellow color in their wing […]