Magpie has figured out where Raven’s been getting those delicious corn muffins. Raven has some competition now. I’m happy to see a magpie in the yard, but I don’t know if I can keep up with the baking. Raven may have to learn to come tapping, tapping on my chamber door for a muffin.
I love the weird call these birds make. You can hear it at this link.
I finally got a shot of a pheasant! I wish I could find one of those long feathers. For my cap.
They’re mating all over the place and setting up shop in the bluebird houses. Bluebird houses are too small for swallows; last year’s babies died. Maybe we should give up on attracting bluebirds and put up bigger houses for the swallows.
Notice the different age groups following the mom. Goslings will follow any old mom with a brood, so some moms dump their brood early and head for the tundra. The surrogate moms don’t mind. The kids can feed themselves.