Georgia is experiencing a drought, one of the worst we have ever had. The birds, in particular, are noticeable to us in their search for water. The small trays of water that we have out on our tiny patio must be advertised on the bird highway as the cleanest, most perfect water for miles around!
We saw a bird yesterday drinking water that we have never seen before. We believe that it was an ovenbird. (It is called this because the bird nests on the ground, in a nest that looks like...you guessed it, an oven!)
You can look back on an earlier post and see that it somewhat resembles the state bird of Georgia, the Brown Thrasher...but the ovenbird is much smaller and the brown thrasher is more of a chestnut brown, and the eyes of the brown thrasher are not as rounded and the beak on the brown thrasher is longer. (I really do know the Brown Thrasher!)
Now, there is also a wood thrush...it looks similar but it is...well, it is the wood thrush, look it up! We heard it singing when we were walking on the trail at Stone Mountain one time, and the song of that bird was outstandingly beautiful.
Don't believe me? Listen, this is Henry David Thoreau had to say about the song of the wood thrush...
Whenever a man hears it he is young, and Nature is in her spring; wherever he hears it, it is a new world and a free country, and the gates of Heaven are not shut against him.
May I just say...if you don't have close access to birds. these birds might look all the same to you, just brown birds. However, if you look at them closely and if you are lucky enough to observe them from just a few feet away, you will see that the color of brown is strikingly beautiful and the streaky pattern on the feathers is as distinctive as the stripes on a tiger! Ah, there I go again, showing my love for birds! These creatures are free for anyone to enjoy. You only have to have the eyes to see them!
Hey! Guess what! We have had computer problems, so for a while, I won't be able to put many photos on here. Hope to get it sorted it out soon! I know it is popular to say computer "issues" but it feels more like "problems" to me!
I am in need of something cheerful, how about Glen Campbell singing (and playing the bagpipes!) to "Mull of Kintyre". Hope you will like this as much as I do. Glen Campbell should be honored much more than he has been. I know he is very ill just now, he is in the last stages of Alzheimer's. So sad. All the more reason for more people to know his great talent, I think.
(I loved his show on TV which ran from 1969 until 1972...The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour.)
I have had this video on here before, but it is worth watching again and again! The song "Mull of Kintyre" was written by Paul McCartney and Denny Laine in 1977. It was not a hit in the USA but it SHOULD have been!
Take care everyone! Look out for birds...and bagpipes!