A murmur

A Murmuration.   Not a murmur – a murmuration. Of starlings.  The first of the starlings always come half way through the summer and line up on the power lines watching the crops grow. Waiting for the corn.  By harvest time there will be thousands of them doing daily air shows.


They were swooping over my hay fields yesterday.  Soon they will be in the sunflowers. We will stay one step ahead of them though.  At least that is my plan.

Shadow of truck with dog on truck

I know they are a menace but I like watching them.  Funny how I can get better photos of birds from my truck than on foot.



Last night I tried to research other interesting names of flocks of birds.  (I came across this article on my favourite bird site). But if there is a murmuration of starlings and a murder of crows. Maybe there are more? But I literally fell asleep at the computer. After a late night the previous night with the dinner party, (which was a great success though I was wearing an apron over my beautiful dress as often as not), then turning five acres of hay and doing all the chores without my crew (the boys come back today) I was a tired girl.tomatoes Thankfully John and his family visitors did the dinner and dishes because I was working in the hay fields until dark. cows

If the weather stays warm and dry we should be baling this afternoon. Another busy one! I hope The Frenchmen get back from their concert up in Chicago in time to help me load the hay.

I hope you have a lovely day.


22 Comments on “A murmur

  1. There are some wonderful names for collections of different birds. My personal favourite is ‘an ascension of larks’… If you go to this link, you’ll find a huge assortment: http://palomaraudubon.org/collective.html
    I love that photo of Miss Sheila in her beauty wallow. I think I’d enjoy that too, so long as the mud was nice and warm…

  2. I smiled at your comment about getting better bird photos from your truck. When I learned that professional bird photographers use their vehicles as mobile blinds, my ability to get close to birds increased significantly. I’ve been only feet from birds that didn’t seem to have a clue I was there, even though the engine was running. Perhaps they become accustomed to cars, and know they aren’t going to go off the road.

  3. Beautiful tomahtoes 🙂 For a minute, before closer inspection, I thought Sheila had submerged her head completely. Good luck with the hay today. Laura

  4. Beautiful photos as usual. What did you serve for dinner? How are you protecting the sunflowers? I bought little organza wedding favour baggies to protect my figs, peppers and jalopeños, but the raccoons still managed to pull one off. Of course, my garden is on a much smaller scale.

  5. Beautiful tomatoes!!!! Celi, do you turn the hay by hand, or do you have a tractor for that? How do you keep the weeds out of your hay field without using weed killer products?

  6. I like the ‘ostentation of peacocks’; it’s so appropriate (ty Kate for the list…peacocks I always knew but some others are so interesting).
    I guess you make hay when the sun shines, but on a weekend when your crew is away? That’s a killer. *shrug* although, it may not be as bad as hosting a pile of family for dinner — even I can appreciate an excuse to get out of that … lol
    Hope it stays dry for you to get the hay in. Not so sure here; skies are looking a little gloomy this morning, but so far this summer it has been bone dry and we could really use a drink.
    Hope you have a lovely day too. ~ Mame 🙂

  7. I’ve picked corn with crows hovering nearby. Interesting contest but I was happy to get my fill. Good luck with your haying. Hopefully the you guns will hurry back from their galavanting. A nice wallow after all your hard work would be nice, but maybe opt for a relaxing bath.

  8. lovely photos-jealous for tomatoes! A murmur of starlings? wowee…I really like the ascension of larks! Cheers- may your help return with lots of energy!

  9. still waiting on tomatoes here as we had so much rain all spring, but it’s amazingly green here and so beautiful.
    I’ve been trying the join us section but it won’t work, wish it did.
    I taught and still make art here in Kansas, have a small garden this summer (usually it’s pretty big so I can give away veggies)
    I love to cook and spent a lot of time this weekend going through the recipes you have here, copied a lot i can’t wait to try. I will report back as i do.
    Wow did that pig puddle look fun to sink into. 🙂
    much love

  10. I would like to follow Shiela’s example tomorrow and do some wallowing. It’s hot hot hot here, and I’d rather be in a cool mud puddle with a good book.

  11. Starlings and English Sparrows as well as some other English/European birds and animals were brought to America by some Shakespeare enthusiasts around 1890 (http://www.sialis.org/starlingbio.htm and http://www.audubon.org/news/rule-72-its-okay-hate-starlings) or so and released so that we poor deprived Americans would know the birds of of the Bard. The starlings and English sparrows have displaced native birds. The murmurations are marvelous to watch but I wish those folks had left the birds where they were.

  12. Glad the dinner went well. Great photos, I now want to try and snap the swallows that swoop into our little pool as the sun goes down!

  13. I would, indeed, be the one pulling off the road in my car to watch and/or photograph a murmation or any other such thing. This weekend, I heard a call unknown to me. Looked up just in time to see two osprey dancing the dance of attraction in circles just overhead. 🙂

  14. Great looking tomatoes, Celi. I’ve got a fine assortment of green everything, with 2 red cherry bomb peppers and a zucchini plant that keeps dropping its flowers. I’ve resorted to ordering some from the CS this week. I will have my stuffed blossoms, just not from the source I had planned. 🙂

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