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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)
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In my last post I wrote about new nest building activity by a pair of Carolina wrens that ended on June 10th. On June 28th, the parents started bringing food to the nest, and, yesterday, I believe all surviving nestlings fledged. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at HollerPhenology
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One month to the day after four Carolina wren nestlings fledged, the young birds and their parents returned to my planter garden in late afternoon to forage, preen, scratch, stretch and take dust baths in the soft dirt under my porch. Here's some of the video I got: Such a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at HollerPhenology
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In my last post I talked a little about my new butterfly milkweed plant and its magnetic qualities. Once its flowers opened on June 3rd, I began to see butterflies on it. On June 5th, two great spangled fritillaries came to feed several times: Great spangled fritillaries on June 5,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at HollerPhenology
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Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on June 3, 2018. [Photos: Cathie Bird] Out in the holler, trees are fully leafed out and most of the early spring flower species have pretty much finished their above-ground phases. Among the plants I observe for Nature's Notebook, I've turned my focus to Echinacea, jewelweed,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at HollerPhenology
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Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) on June 6, 2018 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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I've been listening in to the holler for 18 years, now, and there are a few sounds I can't identify even though I've heard them many times. This past week, however, I heard some new ones. I also happened to see some toads and, in trying to verify their identity, got a clue to the "waaaaa!" being sung just beyond my planters, near the edge of the woods. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at HollerPhenology
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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
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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
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Viola cucullata on April 27, 2018. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2018 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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[Both images taken on April 8, 2018 by Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Lichens on a small tree, February 18, 2018. Photo: Cathie Bird Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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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
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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
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White Heath Aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides), September 26, 2017. [Photos: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at The View From Frog Pond Holler