Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

a wet Monday

a female Eastern Bluebird

This guy would definitely fly away before I could tackle it. I saw a hen working her magic among a dozen toms today. She probably thought it was spring.


29 responses

  1. Beautiful photographs of the birds.

    January 24, 2012 at 6:42 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Rosy. (:

      January 24, 2012 at 9:02 am

  2. Your photos inspire me!

    January 24, 2012 at 7:50 am

    • melissakoski

      Thanks Julie- your writing and lifestyle inspire me!

      January 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

  3. Happy Monday, Melissa, :-)

    Neat photos, great exposures. I like that Wild Turkey standing ‘majestically’ upon that wall.

    January 24, 2012 at 8:42 am

    • melissakoski

      Oh Bob it’s so damn dark around here it’s a little disappointing. Luckily there’s not a lot of time for photos so I don’t feel like I’m missing out of good opportunities. Hope you and Ann aren’t affected by the storms in your area!

      I laugh whenever I see one of the turkeys hop onto the walls… I’m waiting for one to dump on it. I know it has to drive my husband batty just to see them up there (:
      Have a good day Bob! xo

      January 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

      • I remember those short dark, dreary days in Michigan. But be patient, brighter days are comming. We just had high winds that took down a few tree limbs.

        I think it is so neat that you have all of those turkeys, deer, and birds so close to your house. It helps to entertain you a bit.

        You have a great day, too, Melissa. xox

        January 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

        • melissakoski

          I’m can tell most of the turkeys apart now…by faces and snoods. (: That fuzzy snood guy does his own thing a lot and is by far my favorite. xo

          January 26, 2012 at 10:13 am

  4. Hey, Little Sister,
    Sorry for the dreary days, I could just never live in that climate, although people from the North Country often find the Texas summers hot to the point of oppressive, and the older I get that harder it is for me to thrive through days on end with triplle digit temps and sometimes with humidity making the “heat index” through the roof. (Whoever came up with the depressing “heat index” should be taken out and shot.)
    Take cheer in knowing that your blawg consistently lights up a lotsa peeople’s lives every day and not just your big brother in Texas.
    (Oh no, now I fear I’ll have Debbie Boone doing “YOu Light Up My Life” buzzing in my head and making me crazy for a while. Lord, make it stop!)

    January 24, 2012 at 11:20 am

    • Rev, you need to move to San Angelo. Our weather isn’t so oppressive, and really low humidity. :-)

      January 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

      • melissakoski

        my knuckles would love San Angelo (:

        January 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    • melissakoski

      Greetings my favorite brutha from anutha mutha.

      I really love the climate, but ideally would love to be out west…. much further north of your parts I’m sure. (: Truthfully the days are short and dark, but I got myself into a bit of a jam and have had to keep the stupid curtains closed.

      * I said I wouldn’t put bird seed on the deck.
      * 2 weeks later I put birdseed on the deck—- when temps dropped to zero. (because I’m nice like that)
      *Then weird high temps melted INCHES of snow and revealed the bird seed evidence on the deck.
      *Now it’s cold and the seeds are flippin frozen to the deck.

      ……So I’ve been keeping the curtains closed for days because I’m a big fat liar and hoping to avoid begging for forgiveness. I’m hoping for another weird thaw so I can sweep OR a snowstorm delivering cover.

      How’s the running? How’s the knees?

      January 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm

      • Anonymous

        Running going pretty good, knees holding up fine although these old flat feet hurt sometimes even with the high-dollar shoes I invested in; actually getting a little easier to run and especially noticeable yesterday and today when I felt quite a bit lighter on the old feet. And not missing my tex mex and margarita and Trinity Pub-Guiness Pint therapy sessions on nights off near as much as I thought i would; like the weight loss too much to go back to that while this temple of a body is in training.
        Shoot, I’m thinking I might try out for the Olympics this summer. Although, my qualifying for the Olympics will happen the day hell freezes over or our buddy, you–know-who the old hippie dawg in Old Dominion who never got the memo that the sixties done come and gone, gits a HAIRcut and soap.
        Give my love to the the fam, Sistuh.

        January 25, 2012 at 12:29 am

        • melissakoski

          How fun- Rev. Olympian and your mascot Louis wearing a stately high and tight style. (: (how would you say high and tight in Texan?)

          Glad to hear the running is going smoothly. Sounds like your enjoying some core strength. Loui will get mad about the soap part.

          Hope everyone is safe from any flash flooding and I’m glad for the drought relief. I keep pretty close tabs on the droughts since we’re surrounded by a bit freshwater. Regulating water usage and rights always seems to be in the political scene around here. With Michigan’s low population and low representation big Ole’ Texas could probably drink up our beautiful Lakes with a long legal drinking straw. It is too bad the rain can’t be more consistent and at a slower rate. Maybe if another storm rolls through your doppelgänger, Eric Fisher from The Weather Channel, will swing by for a visit.

          January 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      • Hey, Soul Sistuh,
        Speaking of weather, we’re getting a real drought-busting rain over so much of Texas that my friends from here all the way to Galveston are giddy; getting enough to finally start fillling up the lakes; you know a drought’s been a killer when people are happy to see flash flood warnings for low-lying areas instead of the usual report of an ungodly “rainfall deficit” on the nightly weather broadcasts.
        The training is going so well that I’m thinking I might try to qualify for the Olympics in a couple months. My lady friend (Oooooo!) says that’s be the day hell freezes over.
        Realistically it’ll be more like the day our friend you-know-who the hippie dawg gits a haircut and a bar of Irish Spring.
        Love to all the fam, Sis

        January 25, 2012 at 1:05 am

  5. Hey, I must respond to the Rev’s comment about his hot and oppressive weather in his area. He lives in a different “world” than we do out here in west Texas. He is about 300 miles east of us and his humidity is twice what we have. We in San Angelo are next to the Chichuahuan Desert. Weather here is much more tolerable. :-)

    Sorry Rev, I just had to mention this. :-) You need to come west, young man. :-)

    January 24, 2012 at 11:34 am

    • Oh I know, Bob. I should have pointed that out; farther East and south you get in Texas the more brutal the “heat index.” Houston is just unbearable sometimes but that’s why there’s an entire world underground downtown or relief from all that concrete’s oven effects. Dallas is nowhere near as humid as the coastal areas like Houston, obviously, but we do have days and many days when it can be awful.
      God bless you for calling me “young man.”
      You made my day.

      January 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

      • melissakoski

        easy easy—the closer to the ‘deep south’ the murkier it gets.

        I rely on quite a bit of humidity as a gardener.

        January 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm

  6. I really love how peaceful they look, and the detail of course! Thanks for sharing always :)

    January 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    • melissakoski


      January 24, 2012 at 10:38 pm

  7. you have a talent for pics… and an amazing camera…plus awsome header to your blog… is it ok to add your blog to my blogroll, there are some super posts…i like to be able to read from my blog…and would it be ok to reblog sometimes, with credits…i dont know how many readers my own blog will create. I should email this info.

    January 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks for your kind words! I don’t mind if you reblog or blogroll my stuff…. I have a few blogs to add to my blogroll but have been too lazy to get it done (: Have a good one.

      January 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

  8. Beautiful photos; I really appreciate the birds (and the sentiment)!

    January 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    • melissakoski

      Thanks (:

      January 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

  9. In Texan, you would say ” Hah and Tahght” :-) ox

    P.S. your knuckles would be just fahn heah. :-)

    January 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    • That’s rahght, mistuh bob, in most Texiz parts
      some parts it’s more lak, “that’s rat.”

      January 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    • melissakoski

      I was cracking up reading this aloud….I didn’t know what I was reading until I read it aloud and heard it. Bob, you and Ann have probably adopted this drawl huh? (:

      January 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      • We don’t sound quite that bad. :-) xo

        January 27, 2012 at 7:13 am

  10. I very seldom take photos from birds, but when seeing Your photos, I have to say – beautiful.

    January 27, 2012 at 10:09 am


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