Bird Watching Vs. Bird Photographing

Last week, I did a bit of bird watching. Not so much bird photographing.

I have only one lonely bird photograph to share.  However, I do have some fun bird watching tales to tell. It makes me wonder about it all.  Do we call this sport (hobby?) bird watching or bird photographing?  I love trying to capture the bird photos and joining in this link up each week.

However, I also love simply watching the birds. Many weeks I’m simply too busy to go out and search for that elusive perfect bird photo. This was one of those weeks. Full time work schedule, home fairly exhausted each night.  School started for the boys this week.  Mad dash for school supplies on Wednesday. Saturday full of family and the high school marching band preview show. Errands and now, rain on Sunday.

So, only one bird photo to share this week. A simple picture of a goldfinch in a neighbor’s flower garden. A quick snap as I walked around the block with my youngest son. 

By far, not even a great photo of a goldfinch. However, seeing the flash of yellow go by us and then, pointing it out in their garden. Definitely, a great bird watching joy! That’s how my bird watching happened this week, quick stolen moments as I went about my days and evenings.

Other Bird Watching Moments From Last Week:

  • Heard, then saw a cardinal in the neighbor’s evergreen tree. Watched the neighborhood mockingbird fly over and perch in the same tree. And then, the little hummingbird zipped over to the tree as well. What a time to not have my camera! However, instead of worrying about the perfect shot. I simply stood and watched. Soon enough the hummingbird buzzed away. Then, the mockingbird. Lastly, the cardinal.
  • Things I need to research: Why do they call them turkey vultures? To preschool children, they look like eagles.  The kids look at me with wide eyes when I say, “I think eagles are a little bit bigger than those birds”
  • A group of geese just hanging out in the Target parking lot after a brief afternoon rain shower moved through our area.
  • Many swifts or maybe barn swallows flying about in the sky making their familiar calls.
  • Last night, a hawk or maybe a falcon (my husband thinks it was a falcon, I think it was a young Cooper’s hawk) flying to a tree in a front yard down the street. And then off, to another area.

Sometimes, it’s nice to take a small (forced) break from trying to capture all the birds with the camera. I still enjoy just watching them. What birds did you enjoy watching last week?

Joining in the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’


Next 30 Days Of Summer Link Up

Where oh where did my summer go? It’s still summer and yet, school starts tomorrow. I’ve been working lots and haven’t had nearly enough pool time.


Still, I plan to enjoy this later part of summer between all the faux fall business. And hopefully, do a much better job blogging about it.

I know a few friends who might favor late summer because it’s that much closer to fall.  Six weeks of summer left if you’re counting. I actually saw a ground-hog tonight. He couldn’t see his shadow due to the clouds. I think that means 6 full weeks of summer left, right?  Sorry, no early fall this year.

A few of my late summer favorites: Monarch butterflies, the beginning of the migrating birds, sunflowers, Labor Day weekend, fairs and carnivals (though I don’t know how many we’ll get to visit), late summer garden harvest and fried green tomatoes.

This post was pretty short as its main function was just to get our link up. I do have a longer post in progress for later.

What are some of your late summer favorites?



What’s Going On Wednesday: The Unofficial End of Summer

First a brief blog update and announcement: If you tried accessing my blog lately and wondered when I decided to start selling pharmaceuticals, don’t worry. I’m not running a side business peddling wonder drugs to men.  Stupid hackers!  Fixed now.

On to my regularly (actually, unscheduled) posting:  

Officially, summer’s not over until September!

Unofficially, school starts tomorrow. Lots of area schools (including my preschool) started earlier this week.  I’m only working a half-day today so we can go do “fun” things like:

  • haircuts (yes, this was on the to-do list a few weeks ago but was a big to-didn’t)
  • school supply scavenger hunt in the house (HA!) just to make sure we have a few things (The high school senior, gulp, doesn’t really need anything but pencils. We have a list for the 8th grader but we’re not seriously following it until I know what the teachers request)
  • Possibly running out to buy an 8th grade band book
  • Water balloons (must have some fun!)
  • Not back to school related but we need to pick up a birthday card for my husband’s grandfather. He turns 99(!) on Saturday!

If you’re a kindergarten parent, this parent of now senior in  high school says save a few tears and tissues for that year!

Other Random Thoughts From The Week:

  • Now that G’s an official driver, I’ve hardly seen him. My husband says this is normal. I say I still don’t like it.
  • Part of this is because I’m essentially working a full-time schedule again this week. I like being there and seeing all the new (and old) faces of the kids but I do miss being at home. No peaceful, quiet house for me tomorrow as I’ll be at work. No hearing about the boys’ first days until after 5 PM for me.
  • Our 30 Days of Summer blog series doesn’t stop this week. Still have 6 weeks to join us in our fun! Link up goes live every Thursday morning at 6:00 AM and you can link up any summer themed post.
  • Boring non-school related things on my list today: pay insanely high electric bill (there’s a reason to want fall weather) and renew library books.
  • Realizing I forgot to unload the dishwasher so really didn’t have time for this post.

Off to work I go. If you’re reading this, hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

(And if you came here looking to sell or purchase pharmaceuticals, kindly take your business elsewhere!)


Happy Homemaker Monday, Back To School Time

School starts this week for both the boys and me.  Yes, yet another full-time working week for me.

They asked me to help at my school with the first week and honestly, I’m kind of excited about it.  Also, sad to miss the last few days of summer break with my boys but they won’t mind. I did stipulate I’d only work a half-day on Wednesday as school starts for my boys on Thursday. Need a little time with them or to run last-minute errands!

Don’t forget to check out all the fun with the Happy Homemaker Monday link up hosted by Sandra over at Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom!

On to the categories…

The Weather

It’s August. It’s hot. Low 90’s to mid 80’s all week. It might rain on Tuesday and Wednesday. Might even rain while the sky is clear and the sun is shining. It did that earlier this week. I tried (without much luck) to capture a photo: 

Right Now I Am

Sitting here with too many tabs open on the computer, working on this post, thinking of a million little things I need to do.


See above. Thinking of all the little things I need to do. Also, I’ve been thinking of my mom a bit. G passed his driver’s test on Friday and it was so hard watching him drive off to a friend’s house that night. He sent me a text once he arrived safely. Today, though, he forgot to send me an “I’ve arrived” message. Back in the age of the dinosaurs, we didn’t have cell phones. Our parents had to just trust we made it to our locations. I have a bit of new respect for that living it from this side of things.

On My Reading Pile

Working my way through Carpe Diem: Seizing The Day In A Distracted World by Roman Alexander Krznaric.  Seems too much to say I keep getting distracted while reading it.

On My TV

Missed the season finale of Reverie so I need to figure out how to watch that one. Started watching the final season of The Americans on Amazon Prime. Limiting myself to one episode a day.

Also, watching Parks and Recreation since I never finished it the first time. Not sure why because I laugh so much through each episode.

And we watched the new Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle movie last night. If you’re in the mood for the original movie, watch it. This is not even close to that. Think more like The Breakfast Club plays Jumanji to paraphrase my husband. However, the middle of the movie where they’re in the game is fun and funny.

On The Menu This Week

As much as I love summer and as much as I’m not ready for school to start, I am ready for regular dinners with a bit more structured meal plans. Of course, good luck with that this week!

MONDAY: Ribs in the Crock Pot (MUST thaw these tonight), corn on the cob, potatoes, salad *I work 8:30-5* (Expecting help with this meal)

TUESDAY: French Toast, Sausage or Bacon (Requested meal) *I work 8:30-5*

WEDNESDAY:  Maybe ham steaks, potatoes, salad or chicken legs *I work 8:30-1*

THURSDAY: Taco salads or maybe OUT *I work 8:30-5* *First day of school* *G has band practice 6-8:30*

FRIDAY: OUT or taco salads *I work 8:30-5*

On My To Do List

  1. Make sure the boys have a few school supplies. I said a silent thank you as I walked by the chaos in Target this afternoon. No stress over school supply list in 8th & 12th grades.
  2. Work on 30 Days of Summer blog series
  3. Pay electric bill (No more stalling…SIGH)
  4. A bit of anniversary planning
  5. Read

In The Craft Basket

I did start on a new butterfly garden area in the yard. Not much there yet. 

And added an actual hanging basket of lavender to the garden area by the front porch. 

Looking Forward To

The marching band parent preview weekend where we get to see the beginning of their half-time/band competition performance. And pay all the fees (not so much looking forward to that part, ha!).

Looking Around The House

Maybe I should say I’m looking forward to having the time to give it a good cleaning? No idea when that is going to be.

From The Camera

The second tomato from our garden is almost ready! 

Quote For The Week

This seems like a good one for back to school time:

Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)


Is it back to school time in your area? What’s on your agenda for the week ahead?

Looking At Birds In The Neighborhood

Most my birding took place at home last week.

We do have some interesting new neighbors to watch.

Two turtle doves survey the neighborhood each morning and evening from the poles and wires.

My favorite new neighbor is the Mocking bird who likes to hang out when I’m without my camera. I did get lucky a few times. 

Our backyard song star, the Carolina Wren returned to us. 

I’ve see a pair of them flitting about in the early mornings and evenings. And of course, our resident Cardinals and Robins still hang out with us. A little group of sparrows also flits about the neighborhood. Usually too busy to stop and pose for photos.

I did capture some photos after a brief rain a few weeks early. You can view those photos here.

Speaking of birds too busy to pose for photos, my son and I walked out the door one evening only to spot a hummingbird sitting on the wire! And probably the same little bird startled me as I sat on the front porch reading one night.

A Blue jay squawked to let us know he saw us as we checked on the garden another night. He was probably fussing at the cat more than us but maybe not.

And while not birds, I am super excited to see these creatures flying around the yards again:  My favorite, the Monarch butterfly!

Hope to see lots more birds and butterflies next week!

What birds have you spotted lately?

Linking up with The Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’. 


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