Singing My Heart Out

Okay.  I wasn’t the one singing, but this daddy wren sure was.  I could hear him well above all of the other backyard chatter today.  Did you know that only the male Carolina Wrens have a song?  The girls don’t sing.  They have calls, but not a song.  So, that is the only way I can tell them apart.   If it is singing, then I know its the daddy.  He’s probably singing because he’s not the one that had to pop out those eggs!


Male Carolina Wren ©24 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

Have a blessed day, y’all!

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Today’s Adventures

I hope that I am not boring all of you with the scenes from our yard.  I am enjoying seeing our critter population grow out there.

The baby Carolina wrens are getting more vocal.  Sometime over the next week or so, they should be leaving the nest.  My, how quickly they grow! Those wren parents are tough cookies. I’ve seen them run off blue jays just with their warning call, in stereo, without coming anywhere near the jay.  They’ve intimidated birds far bigger than they are.  I guess the other birds are as afraid of getting their eyes pecked out as I am. 🙂

Here are a few photos from this morning’s visit to the back yard. The squirrel is from the lunch time visit.


Brewer’s Blackbird ©23 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


Cardinal ©23 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


Carolina Chickadee ©23 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


Mourning Dove  ©23 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


Squirrel ©23 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon  This squirrel was eating that stick like it was an ear of corn. It was really going at it, too!


Tufted Titmouse ©23 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

Anyone know what type of bird that is in the fourth picture? Is it a dove of some sort or maybe a pigeon?  I’ve seen them on the ground several times, but this is the first time I was able to get a picture of it.

UPDATE:  Thanks to Barbara from Teleportingweena, we have an ID on the mystery bird. It is a mourning dove. Thanks, Barbara!

Have a blessed day, y’all!

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What’s in the Mail Today?

Look what I saw on the way to the mailbox today!


Pileated Woodpecker ©22 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


Pileated Woodpecker ©22 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

Have a blessed day, y’all!

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Share Your World

cees_share-your-world_041514-sywbannerWhat one thing have you not done that you really want to do?

I want to be able to finish my “Fiona” story and Gilbert’s Crossing, but the brain power just isn’t there right now. It may never be there again, but I really, really want to get these stories out of the notes stage and into the finished novel stage.

How often do you get a haircut?

I don’t get a haircut often at all.  My hair doesn’t grow very fast once it gets to a certain length. David likes it long, so I generally keep it that way.  A few months ago, I think it was the tail-end of Christmas break for our oldest daughter, I had her help me cut it. Still, it was shoulder length.  It is a little longer now, but not much longer.  It is probably ten or so years between cuttings for me.

In regards to puzzle what’s your choice: jigsaw, crossword, word search or numeric puzzles?

I am not at all good with crossword puzzles, especially those in the newspapers. OY! I have never, ever completed one.  I love jigsaw, word search, and Sudoku puzzles. I didn’t think that I would like Sudoku because numbers = math to me, but I love Sudoku.

How many cities have you lived? You can share the number of physical residences and/or the number of cities.

I think that I have lived in 5 cities…really, towns, as most have been small.   I was born in Anderson, South Carolina, then moved to Starr, SC (still with my parents)..  When David and I got married, I moved to Iva, SC, then back to Anderson.  Then, we moved to Starr, then to Greenwood, SC, then back to Anderson, then back to Starr.  Then came the big move, way out here to Wharton, Texas, where we’ve been for almost 13 years, which is the longest that I have ever lived in any one dwelling.  Oh yeah! Since I was technically alive while going to college, add Columbia, South Carolina to that list, too!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for the increase in birds and other wildlife in our backyard and the pleasure it brings me to see them out there flitting around and doing what they do, most especially the wrens taking care of their babies and the cardinals with their good morning kisses.


Carolina Wren ©7 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

I am looking forward to working some more on making this yard critter friendly, in spite of all the neighbors are doing to fight against me, like not controlling their dogs or their cigarette usage.  I continually look forward to the chase for the absolutely most perfect critter image to add to my portfolio.

Please be sure to visit our hostess Cee over at her blog.  Also, please hop over to visit David at Random Thoughts and Observations.

Have a blessed day, y’all!

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Silly Squirrel!


Silly Squirrel ©21 May 2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

Is this some silly squirrel hair fashion statement or what?

I’m joining Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge today. Click here to play along and to see other cool images!



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