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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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A little more than a year ago I saw my first Louisiana waterthrush. It was grooming its feathers on a branch, easily identifiable with binoculars and almost beyond reach of the camera lens I was using at the time. I felt lucky to get any kind of usable image. Louisiana... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at HollerPhenology
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Louisiana waterthrush, June 28, 2022. [Cathie Bird] Louisiana waterthrush, June 28, 2022. [Cathie Bird] Louisiana waterthrush with an insect from my planter garden, June 29, 2022. [Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Recently, I started bringing suet feeders into the house at night because they were being emptied, and probably not by birds. Most of the seed feeders had been showing signs of night raiders as well, but a few adjustments seemed to work to protect those feeders from take downs. Adjusting... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2022 at HollerPhenology
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Today I saw a juvenile downy woodpecker with her mom at the suet feeder. Hairy woodpecker young have been flying around the holler since May 28th. A recently fledged hairy woodpecker gets some suet from his dad, June 2, 2022. [Photo: Cathie Bird] A young hairy woodpecker near the suet... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2022 at HollerPhenology
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In the past few weeks I've observed courtship behavior in several bird species, including Carolina wrens, mourning doves, northern cardinals, chickadees and titmice. Yesterday a female cowbird showed up with one of two male cowbirds that have been around for a couple of days: Before long, a second male came... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2022 at HollerPhenology
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Yesterday while getting in some porch time, I got this photo of a male downy woodpecker sitting on a white oak branch. I saw at least four more downys and one male hairy woodpecker while I was out there, and heard some of their calls. Earlier in the day --... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2022 at HollerPhenology
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Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina) on April 13, 2022 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2022 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) on a white oak tree branch. April 14, 2022 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) on April 14, 2022 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2022 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Scarlet Tanager male (Piranga olivacea), April 13, 2022 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2022 at HollerPhenology
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Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea), April 13, 2022 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Scarlet Tanager at suet feeder, April 13, 2022 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2022 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Last week I signed up for a webinar on "shared death experiences" sponsored by the Institute of Noetic Sciences and presented by William J. Peters, a licensed psychotherapist and founder of the Shared Crossing Project. Having had these kinds of experiences myself -- involving both people and animals -- I loved William's sharing of current research and the work and resources of the Shared Crossings programs and website. The webinar invoked a brief review of my experiences and how my relationship to death has been shaped by them. The Shared Crossings website includes a space where anybody can share their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2022 at In Hawk Space
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Last year around this time, preparations for new fiber optic internet service in this area led to a significant removal of trees near power lines, and I've been concerned about how that has or will affect birds and other wildlife in the holler. On a snowy day, not long after... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2022 at HollerPhenology
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Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis), December 21, 2021. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2021 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) on November 29, 2021. [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2021 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
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Brown creeper eating suet crumbs on my porch rail on November 29, 2021. [Photo: Cathie Bird] I saw my first brown creeper back in the early 2000's -- not long after I moved to Tennessee -- and hadn't seen another one until November 3rd this year when one showed up... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2021 at HollerPhenology
If you recently subscribed to one of my blogs via follow.it and got to this page instead — Some links in follow.it’s initial confirmation email may not take you directly to the blog you subscribed to. You can use the links on this page to get to the blog you... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2021 at Hawk's Landing
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Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe), October 9, 2021 [Photo: Cathie Bird] Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2021 at The View From Frog Pond Holler
To get new posts by email, go to the blog(s) you're interested in and use the subscription form in the sidebar: Holler Phenology -- tracking cycles of life in headwaters of the Cumberland River, Cumberland Mountains, eastern Tennessee In Hawk Space -- looking at Earth, healing, transformation and the evolution... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2021 at Hawk's Landing
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Most of yesterday I was online for a webinar and took a couple of breaks to squeeze in bird counts for eBird's October Big Day. I hadn't seen any phoebes in the holler for awhile. They aren't the flashiest birds around, but they have a quiet, elegant presence that never... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2021 at HollerPhenology
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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