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Cathie Bird
Pioneer, TN
I'm a semi-retired psychoanalytic psychotherapist in eastern Tennessee.
Interests: psychoanalysis, liberation psychologies, social and environmental justice, civil and human rights, indigenous rights, earth and life sciences, personal and planetary transformation, nature photography, Qigong, jazz, blues, other life in this solar system (and beyond)
Recent Activity
Just before noon today, I went out to get some photos for this post and, just by chance, caught the fledging of four Carolina wrens! I thought they had already gone because I hadn't seen parents taking food to the nest for awhile, thus I'd planned to weed-eat around the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2018 at HollerPhenology
An amazing new bird week started the day after my last post. On Monday, the 23rd of April, within a space of 2-3 minutes, I saw all of these birds right outside my study window (and not near the new bird feeder that no one has discovered yet!): a pair... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at HollerPhenology
Viola cucullata on April 27, 2018. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
I watched Today Show coverage of the very first Earth Day in 1970 from a motel room in Denver, Colorado. I remember it well. I had just graduated from Michigan State, just gotten married, and wasn't sure what I'd be doing next. The room served as temporary housing for us... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2018 at HollerPhenology
Southern Red Trillium (Trillium sulcatum) on April 14, 2018 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
Southern red trillium (Trillium sulcatum) on April 14, 2018. [Photo: Cathie Bird] I love that it's raining in the holler today, 4" since yesterday afternoon. First, we needed some; second, I'm content to be huddled indoors with a cup of coffee, my dog and my cat, blogging instead of roaming... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at HollerPhenology
All images: White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) on April 12, 2018 by Cathie Bird Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
The mapleleaf viburnam, one of the "shady invader" project species I observe at Nature's Notebook, finally broke out of its buds this week. I took the photo of its first leaves (below) today, 4 days after I noticed the first bud burst. Multiflora rose and Amur honeysuckle -- two other... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at HollerPhenology
[Both images taken on April 8, 2018 by Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
Buckeye-1 leaves on March 29, 2018. [Photo: Cathie Bird] First, an update on last week's buckeye bud burst: from that tight wad of reddish-green that was the terminal bud came all of these leaves. I'm really happy to have this young buckeye on my observation list because I can get... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at HollerPhenology
Trout lily buds on March 25, 2018. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Flowers on same trout lily pair, March 29, 2018 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
Buckeye-1, March 23, 2018. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Bucky! I pretty much shouted for joy to have caught Buckeye-1 with leaves just breaking through its bud scales. Such are the simple pleasures of a phenology observer. When I did my holler walk on March 23rd, I wasn't sure what I'd find.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2018 at HollerPhenology
Early risers such as this cutleaf toothwort (Dentaria lacinata) continue progress through their phenophases, despite freezing night temperatures. Flower buds on this plant opened around March 17, 2018 [Cathie Bird photo] After my last post, I decided to track daily weather highs and lows more closely for awhile, and notice... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2018 at HollerPhenology
Just seeing a mourning cloak after several years of their absence around the house delighted my senses, but to snag an image of one made my day! It even came into my house for a moment as I was uploading the photos, before I could get the screen over the open window. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at HollerPhenology
Warm air and lots of rain fired up a lot of plant life over the past 10 days or so. Compare these photos of chives: Chives on February 18, 2018 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Same chives, February 26, 2018 [Photo: Cathie Bird] And orange daylilies: Daylilies on February 18, 2018 [Photo:... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at HollerPhenology
Lichens on a small tree, February 18, 2018. Photo: Cathie Bird Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
For many years I felt a kind of tension growing -- between seeing forests and seeing trees -- often feeling that I was, at heart, more of a forest person. I see myself now with at least a toe-hold in an integral world view. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at HollerPhenology
American goldfinches returned to this end of the holler as soon as the Echinacea patch fruits ripened, and I finally got a decent photo of the female. She and two males harvested the seeds for about a month before returning -- most likely -- to the huge fields beyond my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at HollerPhenology
White Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides), September 26, 2017. [Photos: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
Female American Goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) feeding on Echinacea seeds, 19 September 2017. [Photo:Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
Coming up this weekend: Pentecost. Read about the significance of Pentecost for light workers in the modern era at Healing Haven under Hilarion. From the post: In his ascension, Jesus opened a spiritual portal from the earthplane, clear through the astral planes, and into the etheric or Christ or heavenly... Continue reading
Reblogged May 31, 2017 at Interdimensional Intersections
Happy Ascension Day! Check out this blog post at Healing Haven under Hilarion... A couple days ago, the inspiration came to look up the date for Ascension Day, on which Christian churches celebrate Christ Jesus' ascension in his light body. This year the date is Thursday, May 25th. This is... Continue reading
Reblogged May 25, 2017 at Interdimensional Intersections
I'm still working on a new blog post, but wanted to share a great article I saw at The Atlantic. I found it fascinating and relevant to the general content of HollerPhenology. The article at Science Advances is open access, and can be downloaded here. From the article: About three-quarters... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at HollerPhenology
I have been recording the presence of wood thrushes for several years, but had not seen active individuals until one flew up out of the grass and landed on a branch, at eye level, only 10 feet or so from me on April 24th. I had my camera but focused on a mental picture so I could double-check the field marks when I got home. I'd have to say that was the most treasured sighting since my last post. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at HollerPhenology
There's been a leafy-green explosion in the holler since last week's phenophase report. Even the oak family -- typically the last tree buds to pop around here -- have a few small leaves. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at HollerPhenology