As a child, a "hickory" meant just one thing to me, it was a switch that was meant for punishment! Every single stick that was used for a whipping was called a "hick'ry", I am certain that no one took the time to properly identify which tree it came from! That must mean that we have a lot of hickory trees in the South!
As an adult, I appreciate the trees that we see on our walks and I am happy to say that Richard and I are beginning to identify many of those that we see. However, the tree that you see above....is it a pignut hickory, a mockernut hickory or a shagbark hickory? Can anyone tell me for sure? The tree has serrated edges (might be hard to see in the photos) and has five leaves, arranged...well, you see how it looks, one big leaf at the end and the other leaves are two on each side, directly beside each other.
The bird that came to us a few weeks back, we think it is a yellow rumped warbler. It must be a female as the male would be a bit brighter. Having said that, this bird was gorgeous and I am sorry you can't see the bright yellow patch on its backside! We think that this is a Myrtle warbler (there is the yellow rumped warbler called the Audubon's warbler with slightly different coloring that is mostly in the western USA.)
The Myrtle warbler is migratory and it overwinters in the southern US. And guess what I have read about it, it is "an occasional vagrant to the British Isles"! Isn't that funny, so am I!
We only saw this bird for a week or so and you know it was happy to visit us with our clean water and fresh birdseed!
Chas is going though treatments for cancer just now and has had to cancel some tour dates in England. (Chas is the one singing lead on the song, Dave is the one wearing a hat and singing harmony.) Please say a prayer for Chas.
So many are battling cancer and other serious illnesses just now.
I pray for them all.