Beep-Beep & Cheep~

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The Holler really is ‘for the birds,’
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but, then, as you’ve probably noticed by now, so am I!
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They make the nicest neighbors,
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greeting us in the mornings, and flocking in droves to the feeders at sunset.
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Our son calls the roadrunners our “pets.”
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But they are wild creatures, who choose to live inside the refuge of our fences, which protect them from the Holler Wiley E’s.
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We also have found our refuge here, amongst this wild family.
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Cheers to you from wild creatures great & small because they are your family too, after all~

Woody, Beep & Feathered Friends~

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Woody Woodpecker is so shy!
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He sits on the roof and watches the wild birds on the feeders but will never eat, so I have bought a special woodpecker nut mix in hopes of drawing him in. For now though, he just watches from afar.
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Beep-Beep spends much of his days snooping at us through windows. Here he is watching me at my desk as I blog. This was shot through the window so there is some distortion. He was about a foot from my face.
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The baby house finches are still caging meals from their parents.
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Grosbeaks are new Holler residents.
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Hawks always watch over everything, and have never yet gone after any of the birds.
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Although they certainly like to watch them closely!
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Cheers to you from The Holler’s Audubon garden.

Holler Bickersons~

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I was a psychotherapist before I took early retirement, and among other things, I specialized in the group treatment of anger and violence.
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So, it is with no small irony, that I present to you the untreatable Bickersons, who have moved in to the former peace and quiet of Hollerdom, turning it into a downright Hollerfest!
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Man, do these birds bicker! This is one cranky lady Oriole, and she is certainly giving this guy a piece of her mind.
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The guys, hang around drinking nectar, and soon they too, come to words.
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When the ladies get involved, it’s hard to hear what anyone is saying with all the squawking going on!
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At least they never resort to actual fighting. The hummingbirds could learn a thing or three about this, but they don’t seem open to feedback.
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These birds started out so shy, but as you can see now, they are quite at home at The Holler!
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Cheers to you from the beautiful, bickersome, but highly entertaining, Holler Hooded Orioles~

Holler Hummer Home~

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This hummingbird has quite a long tongue for a tiny little creature doesn’t he?
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It’s good to be home, because the Holler Hummer’s live here, and I missed them!
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I counted 35 today, at our three, 40 ounce feeders.
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Anna’s, Black Chinned, Allen’s and Rufous hummingbirds live at The Holler.
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I read in an online hummingbird forum that people don’t believe that feeders get more than one or two birds each.
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They should stop by The Holler around 6pm when each feeder is mobbed by more than 10 hummers.
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Hummers have the largest brain to body mass of any bird in the world i.e., they are clever little buzzers.
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These tiny birds can migrate 1000’s of miles.
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But many call the Holler home year round.
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Which is why, there is no place like home!
Cheers to you from the astonishing, numerous, and quite clever, Holler Hummers~

London Slow Food & Living Market~

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London’t first slow food Sunday market features produce from 30 vendors and artisans selected for exceptional quality.
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It is the only dedicated slow food market in London and is located on High Holborn Street.
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Slow food refers to regionally produced, fresh, clean produce, which has been thoughtfully harvested using responsible practices.
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The aim of the market is to foster connections, and a sense of community between small scale rural producers, and urban London dwellers.
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There is amazing chocolate and lots of it!
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The items for sale here are not mass produced. The food takes time and care to produce.
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Obviously, it is much better for you, and tastes entirely better then the produce created by large scale agri-businesses so prevalent in the USA.
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Fresh tomatoes burst with flavor like tomatoes should, and bread is prepared from scratch and tastes divine.
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There are wonderful local artists with displays as well. All in all it makes for a most enjoyable, and tasty, Sunday stroll!
Cheers to you from London’s Slow Food Market~
For more about Slow Food in the USA, check out: https://www.slowfoodusa.org/about-us

London Town~

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Okay, I probably wasn’t supposed to take this pic, although I have been to London a few times, I have never been to Windsor, and the private gardens are pretty freaking amazing. I didn’t trespass. I just leaned really, really, far over the wall to get this pic. Gorgeous huh? You can see why foxes choose to live in certain London parks. They are smart as foxes!
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London is of course, old, historic, beautiful. It has gravitas.
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But it is also for the birds,
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animals, gardens,
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and the people who care for them!
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Like the birdkeeper and his cottage. A refuge for the birdman and his exotic birds was first established in 1612.
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I love a town that established a place for a keeper of the birds 400 hundred years ago.
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Plus, there are all the flowers.
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Which is the way to London Town?
To see the king in his golden crown.
One foot up and one foot down.
To see the Queen in her silken gown.
(Source: Unknown Nursery Rhyme).
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Cheers to you from lovely London Town~

Our London Safari~

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So you think one has to go to Africa to witness wild predator prey interactions? Ha, I say! Just go to central London. And, no I am not talking about the tube strike…..
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Actually, we left Africa and flew to London on the first leg home to The Holler. We were looking forward to a spell of civilization and culture. But it seems, our safari was to continue in London. We checked into a hotel quite near the crowds and hustle of the British Museum, and I looked out our hotel window onto a city park, and this was the sight that greeted me!
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There were four foxes in this family in the center of London. There were magpies too. Occasionally the foxes would snag a magpie which resulted in the magpies giving the foxes holy hell for hours. They would taunt and goad them.
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I was supposed to be going to the British Museum with my hubby, but instead I sat for hours watching the foxes in the Duke of Bedford’s garden. No one was allowed to go in the garden, thank God, and my hotel window only opened about four inches, so there was considerable challenge getting these pics, but I was motivated! I live in Southern California and rarely get to see foxes so it is always a thrill.
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It takes effort learning to hunt,
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and can be quite exhausting.
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Not to mention embarrassing, when the prey decides to become the predator!
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And then there is mum to contend with. She can be such a nag….
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But being almost a teenager, mum is starting to get an idea what she’s in for.
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It’s nice to be a fox family in the Duke of Bedford’s garden,
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if only there was a little more to eat.
Cheers to you from the London fox’s garden~