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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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Today I saw my first ever American redstart female and got my first photo of this species as well. Here she is: American redstart (female) on May 12, 2021. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2021 at HollerPhenology
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I have seen scarlet tanagers in this general area occasionally, but not close to my house. Today a male tanager visited a suet feeder: Scarlet Tanager (male), April 26, 2021 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Scarlet Tanager (male), 4/26/21 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Scarlet Tanager and Downy Woodpecker, 4/26/21 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at HollerPhenology
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I observed courtship among holler birds beginning in mid-February this year -- first with northern cardinals, then doves and Carolina wrens -- but activity has intensified over the past few weeks. My observations of breeding behavior among birds had been comparatively limited before I started maintaining feeders -- mainly songs,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2021 at HollerPhenology
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Watching for migrating birds in the spring (and fall!) is such fun. In my last post I featured the first returnee to the holler, a pine warbler. This morning another migrator flew in: a male purple finch! Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2021 at HollerPhenology
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Pine Warbler on March 2, 2021. [Photo: Cathie Bird] I had just started today's eBird checklist when I saw a really yellow bird among the American gold finches. He found a few seeds on the ground under the feeders, and flew in and out of my view-shed at least twice,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2021 at HollerPhenology
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White-throated Sparrow on January 9, 2021 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Red-bellied Woodpecker (female) [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Song Sparrow on January 9, 2021 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Brown Thrasher on January 8, 2021 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Male downy woodpecker on January 3, 2021 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Eastern Phoebe, October 15, 2020. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Cerulean warbler, November 22, 2020. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Cerulean warbler, November 22, 2020. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Field sparrow, November 12, 2020. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Winter wren, November 22, 2020. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2020 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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I just recently started observing bagworm moth phenology at Nature's Notebook. I also observe the tufted titmouse. Today I got some photos of both that I did not expect: Photo: Cathie Bird on July 12, 2020 Photo by Cathie Bird on July 12, 2020 This titmouse (or maybe others) caught,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at HollerPhenology
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I originally planted lavender for my use. The plant is several years old now, doing well, and making lots of flowers this season. I'm not the only critter in the holler who likes it. Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2020 at HollerPhenology
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My first titmouse fledglings, first photo of a northern parula, and the holler's first great spangled fritillary of 2020. Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2020 at HollerPhenology
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Yesterday as I was returning from my CSA veggie pick-up, I had to share the lane with a snapping turtle! I squeezed safely past her/him and drove on up to the house to drop off the produce and grab a camera. Approaching slowly and with caution, I got this photo: Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2020 at HollerPhenology
As the nation is gripped in the throes of large-scale protests and there are calls for justice in the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, as well as for an end to systemic racism and police brutality, this excerpt from Elizabeth Hinton’s From the War on Poverty to the... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 5, 2020 at Raising Cain...
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Time to do a toad post! So often I see toads -- especially around my planters -- but don't have a camera. This week the sounds, sights and good fortune capturing images of toads all came together. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at HollerPhenology
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Northern Cardinal (Cardinális cardinális) - male - May 14, 2020. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Northern Cardinal (Cardinális cardinális) - female - May 14, 2020. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Looks like the holler will have a pair of yellow-throated warblers nesting again this year. Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2020 at HollerPhenology
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheúcticus ludoviciánus) - male - May 14, 2020 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheúcticus ludoviciánus) - female - May 12, 2020 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2020 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Trillium species -- at my end of the holler, at least -- had fewer flowers last year. I observe two Trillium grandiflorum plants which both produced a flower in 2020. Trillium-2 came up first and had a bud by March 22nd: On the same day, I caught the emergence of... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at HollerPhenology
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A Carolina wren spent several minutes checking for bugs in this planter, sat on a post above a bird feeder, then spent some time on feather maintenance...Great fun for me to watch on a gray, rainy, chilly day in the holler. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2020 at HollerPhenology