Great Crested Flycatcher

Photo by Teri Jensen
Peppermint Coasters sold by Teric's Treasures at Etsy
My Peppermint Coasters

Yesterday I finished the Peppermint Candy Coasters that a woman ordered from Teric’s Treasures. I boxed it and was going to mail it this morning. I had to get to the post office and back before JJ had to leave for work at 9:30 a.m. JJ’s new hours limits my use of a vehicle. I went out to the Buggy, started it, but I couldn’t move the lever out of “Park” even though I tried several times. I finally gave up. I was a little concerned that JJ wouldn’t be able to get to work, but he had absolutely no trouble. He has been teasing me about this.

We’ve been having a lot of trouble with a lot of little ants coming into the house. I spray them, but they keep coming. It would help if I knew where they were coming in. EJ said we need to get Boric Acid, but so far we haven’t gotten to the store to get any. Do you have trouble with ants? What have you found to be useful?

I have noticed a little pile of debris in the back of our mail box–like a small pile of shredded toilet paper or something. Today we had one envelope in the mailbox, so I used it to nudge the pile. I discovered that the small pile was actually a group of ants with eggs. Apparently our mailbox is an ant nursery. If I remember tomorrow, I will take the spray with me when I go get the mail and give the mailbox a good spraying.

Photo by Teri Jensen
Great Crested Flycatcher

I’ve moved my preferred “place” from the couch to the new recliner next to the window. I really like this new spot because I have a better view through the window. This afternoon I was sitting in my chair and I spotted a bird sitting on the bird house that I just moved near the big rocks. I couldn’t see him clearly, but I thought he looked unusual. I was going to get the binoculars, but I remembered that I left them in the suburban. So instead I got out my camera, zoomed in, and took several photos.  When I transferred the photos to my computer, I saw that it was, indeed, an unfamiliar bird. I opened our Birds of Michigan book and discovered that it was a Great Crested Flycatcher. I read that they are a

“Common bird of wooded areas throughout the state. It lives high up in trees, rarely coming to the ground….Feeds by gleaning insects from tree leaves. Nests in old woodpecker holes, but can be attracted to a nest box placed high in a tree….Frequently stuffs its nest with a collection of fur, feathers, string and snakeskins.”

I had never seen one before so I was really thrilled. I showed EJ my photos when he got home from work and he said he had never seen one before either. I love my recliner by the window!


2 Comments on “Great Crested Flycatcher

  1. TJ look for a granule bug killer and sprinkle where your ants are and then water it in for long lasting effects. Some will get deeper in the ground then just spraying. They seem to be a problem all over.


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