Songbirds Update, April 11, 2021

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is collage of the male and female cardnials that have kept me company for the past year. Images can be purchased by clicking on the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

For the past year I’ve kept to my mountain more than usual but I’ve never been alone. I started by setting out different feeders for the birds here and there. I learned that drilling the right size holes in used coffee cans and painting them subdued colors I could simply screw them to the sides of trees and create nesting for several species of songbirds. It wasn’t long before a mated pair of cardnials began to frequent my yard. The first to become comfortable with my presence was the female.

Image Titled “Female Cardinal 41021a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

I say comfortable as a relative term. I began speaking to her through the closed window almost as soon as she got brave enough to come to the feeder on the deck. At first she flew off but eventually she became accustomed to being addressed. I speak to all of the birds come close enough. One of the local Carolina wrens even sits behind the safety of the glass and watches me working at my desk. As long as I don’t get too close to them at the moment they don’t flee immediately. The female has gotten close to the window but isn’t quite brave enough to actually sit on the sill yet. The male is never too far away. Wherever the love of his life is she’s never out of his sight. When she’s at the feeder he’s normally either on the roof of the shed, carport, house or in the branches of the surrounding forest. At the slightest sign of danger he gives a loud chirp and she flies away to safety. He’s totally dedicated to her. I’ve seen him take on four blue jays and chase all four from the feeders to clear the way for her to enjoy a meal in peace. After losing enough feathers the jays have yielded to the authority of fiery male cardnial. But, he seldom came to the feeder on the deck himself until about a week ago. I’ve also noticed that when he’s at the feeder she watches over him the way he does for her.

Image Titled “Male Cardinal 41021a ” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Being cardnials I doubt they’ll ever be as accepting as the chickadees and wrens but I’m glad that they do get as close as they are. I’ve also noticed an additional benefit of having a yard full of songbirds over the past year. Nobody else included my wife can enter the property without the birds alerting me. The alarm calls can even be heard over the TV and the sudden movement outside of windows is hard to miss. That’s it for this update on the songbirds. Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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The First Honeybee Of 2021

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Redbud & Honeybee 41121” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The Light falls softly in the misty forest of my mountain. The redbud opened a few days ago in anticipation of the arrival of the Honeybees. And today they arrived ahead of rain. I’m overjoyed to see them because a few years ago I only had one and then after that there was a couple of years with no honeybees at all. She doesn’t seem to mind the camera as long as it doesn’t interfere with her work. She floats delicately through the mists grooming the flowers and then returning to them a few minutes later. Her legs are well packed with pollen and the bloom rewards her efforts by making the nectar sweeter. The visitation is a mark in my natural calendar. The bumblebees arrive first, then the Honeybees followed by the large Carpenter Bees and the tiny Mason Bees. And sometime this coming week or so the Hummingbirds are expected to return. The tiny Honeybee eventually decides that she’s done with this bush for now and vanishes into the mists headed for home as the rain begins to fall slowly. Which is also a sign for the photographer to get his equipment into a dry house and start the editing.

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Forage Friday #102 Serviceberry

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “Serviceberry In Bloom 40621a” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

Please remember that Forage Friday is presented as trivia and not to be mistaken for medical advice.

One of the true blessings of the Appalachian Spring is of course the opening of the serviceberry bloom. The little frilly looking flowers with a set of tell-tale brown scales at the base just seem to suddenly erupt from the forest edges. They’re usually a few weeks ahead of the dogwoods but are often mistaken for some exotic form of dogwoods by the casual observer.

My grandfather would sometimes recall one of his favorite treats from his childhood during the Great Depression as being serviceberry pie. I can’t seem to recall the exact description He gave but I could tell from the look in his eyes that he was watching himself as child climbing into the trees to gather the berries. And I’ve heard similar stories from others of that generation. So much so that I don’t really understand why a cottage industry of authentic Appalachian serviceberry baked goods wasn’t a thing.

Serviceberry was apparently a favorite among Native Americans as well. It was often included in pemmican which, for those who may not know, is a mixture of meat, fat and fruit that lasted a very long time under primitive conditions.

Aside from pies the fruits can be used to make jam, pastries and as a general snack. The flavor is semisweet and often described as having a mild apple taste. The modern American diet has become so sugary that a lot of old time fruits and sweets don’t seem to trigger the brain’s pleasure centers like they used to. However I can assure you from personal experience that after you cut out heavy sweets for a couple of months those modern candies are almost intolerable and something like serviceberry becomes just right. It’s also a different experience because at that point you’re able to detect subtle nuances in the flavor that was overridden by the sugar before. I see it as being like noticing a masterpiece of art that you couldn’t appreciate before.

The nutritional facts are as follows:

Potassium – 133.3 grams

Vitamin A – 1.3% RDI

Vitamin C – 26.7% RDI

Calcium- 1.3% RDI

Folate – 2.7 RDI

Iron – 2.7 RDI

Magnesium-2.7 RDI

Phosphorus – 2.7 RDI

In reviewing a government study on the nutritional value of serviceberry I noticed that it seems to high in polyphenols which is the same classification of substances that is credited with giving chaga and turkey tail mushrooms some of their medicinal values. While the study didn’t cite any particulars on that they did list some traditional Native American medical uses.

It’s not surprising that Native Americans used the fruit juice as a laxative but what struck me was that it was used as eye and ear drops. The boiled bark of serviceberry was a handy disinfectant for the natives and boiling the roots made a treatment to prevent miscarriages after injuries. A tea made from the twigs was given to women after childbirth and a tonic from the bark was believed to help expel the placenta.

Native Americans also found the wood itself to be useful. The smaller branches and twigs were good for weaving. While thicker pieces made good arrows, canes, canoe frames and digging sticks. To be used as a digging stick in particular the wood had to be tough and hard. They even used it to make pipe bowls.

That’s it for tonight’s Forage Friday.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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First Glow

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “First Glow 40821” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The late morning sun fills the empty lake. The once trickling McKee’s Creek now runs steady and the large valves that lay in seldom seen depths have begun to hold back the Gauley River. There’s no doubt in my mind that the legend of the lake bottom has left his well hidden underwater cavern and began to stalk his old hunting grounds after nightfall. The lake awakens to stretch out her shoreline and reclaim her seat among ancient hills. A small but very furry bee buzzes along shore and rises up the face of the cliff to the newly opened blooms. The sun smiles down fondly on the small flowers warms the sweet nectar inside. 
The opening of the “Sarvis” or serviceberry is a special day on the lake  as it announces to the world that changes are well underway.  The flowers catch the sun and glow brightly against the dull brown and gray of the trees and sandstone. They seem to be like little flares signaling that the main event is about to begin. 

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days. 

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A Day In The Sun

Hello Friends! Tonight’s Feature Image is titled “A Day In The Sun 40621” and is available for purchase by clicking the thumbnail and reaching out to me on the contact page.

The big blue truck rolls by slowly as the little weevil climbs from the cluster of mustard flowers. He doesn’t even seem to care if anyone else is even in the same world. All he desires is to sit quietly in the sun. Even if it’s just for a little while. He rejoices that the long deep cold of winter has passed and this day is warm. The sun pushed back the dark curtain of clouds to embrace the world in life-giving light. The new life is coming on strong now. In a few weeks the bare branches will give way to lush green forest. Even as he perches atop his mustard plant the light and wind sweep away the dull brown grass to find soft new blades underneath. The mountain meadow is mostly green now speckled with cheerful dandelion dots that all look up and smile. The small solitary bees are out in force and their metallic green bodies glisten in the sun like a swarm of stars on a clear night. Life in the meadow is good but a day in the sun is the cherry on top.

Good night friends and be blessed throughout your days.

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