Sunday, August 19, 2007

More wildlife

I spotted this tiny yellow bird outside the window of my study and I had to take a picture of it. I have no idea what kind of bird it is, but I've never seen one like it before.

I feel lucky to have so much wildlife right by the house...except for the black widow spiders, snakes, and possums...but I try to just not think about those.

(Friday August 17, 2007)


Unknown said...

Hi Adina,

It looks like a goldfinch to me. They are cute little birds that like to come to our thistle feeder. They are a bright yellow in the summer and then in fall start turning an olive green for winter. The female is more olive in the summer with just a hint of yellow. If you are interested in birds you should buy a book of birds of Tennessee. I have a book of just PA birds and it makes it much easier to find the bird and know it is indigenous to your area. Putting out lots of different kinds of feeders is a fun way to get birds to come for you to watch. Try to get your neighbors to have bird feders too then all you have to do is sit on your deck and wait!

Unknown said...

I hate it when my computer makes a typo at midnight! I meant "feeders" with a double "e"

Unknown said...

Oh dear, what do you do about the black widow spiders?

Adina said...


Thank you so much! The e-mail you sent me is definitely the bird. I will take your advice and look for a birding book specific to Tennessee. I see a lot of birds here that I never saw further North. Do you think I could put feeders out on the deck? All the trees close to the house are pretty immature and so I don't think they could withstand the weight of a bird feeder.

As for the black widow spiders, we haven't seen any on our property, but one night we were at our next-door neighbors house and Jerry (our neighbor) caught one in a jar. He found it on an adirondack chair he was hosing off in the backyard. Totally freaky! He wanted to burn it in our bonfire, but Christy (his wife) was too scared to let it out of the jar. Steph says we have a lot of spiders in our garage, but I try to just ignore them by keeping my time in there to a minimum. When it comes to snakes and spiders, I'd just as well rather not know they're there.