Grosbeak REpertoire

My friend, Sindy (Happy 3rd blogiversary Sindy!) from bluebutterfliesandme offered a”Retro” challenge for this Mercury Retrograde, which ends June 11th. Since a positive aspect of Mercury Retrograde asks us to look back, a lot of people are reblogging wonderful older posts.  However, since I have only been blogging for about 7 months, I didn’t feel that putting up an old post would be that Retro. Sindy said – “Just post something that starts with ‘re’ like renew or refresh’” So, I am answering the challenge with a post that I thought about doing about 3 months ago (so, sort of retro) when the evening grosbeaks were here. I took a lot of pictures of them, and they just made me laugh. We are all trying to make Mercury Retrograde fun­ since it can be so frustrating!!  It will be a miracle if I am even able to post this because my computer keeps freezing.  You guessed it – Mercury Retrograde!!

So in light of Sindy’s challenge, to look back and make it fun, this is what Mercury, in its sillier Self suggested I create.  So here you go.


bird talk 1

I’m a happy bird!


bird talk 2

Dude, check out that chick on that tree to my right. No wait! Don’t look…she’s looking over here.


bird talk 3

I’m kind of full. I can hardly swallow another seed.


bird talk 4

Ok, but you have to promise not to tell!  Any. One.


bird talk 5

Oh, Man!! Hahahaha! Stop! You’re killin’ me! Hahaha! Please stop! I can’t even get up!


bird talk 6

Shut up!


bird talk 7

What are they all talking about? The meaning of life? Are we here for a reason?


bird talk 8

Dude!  What’s with the photo bomb?!


bird talk 9

Huh….she seems mad.  Was it something I said?


bird talk 10

Making up is nice.

bird talk 11


Yay! I am jumping for joy.


“Funny how in dreams your feet never touch the earth.”  Heart


bird talk 12

Lalala…My, oh my, what a beautiful day. Plenty of sunshine coming my way. Zippity do da, Zippityay!


bird talk 13

Wow. It’s like that seed is in mid air.


birdtalk 14



bird talk 15

Girl’s night out tonight, Gladys?


bird talk 16

You look different.  Do you mind if I just peck you on the head?


bird talk 17

17 – 4. Ummmmmm….I know this one….


bird talk 18



bird talk 19

13! Yeah, that’s it.  13  Phew!


bird talk 20

Two girls.  Wow, my lucky day.


bird talk 21

Noooooo!  She likes him!


bird talk 22

Quit looking up her skirt!


bird talk 24

I hate it when I blush!


bird talk 25

You must like that Tai Chi move. You do it all the time!


Happy Mercury Retrograde, folks! I know it’s exasperating and hard. Try to enjoy it. It’s almost over! It can be fun to hang out with friends you haven’t seen for a while, watch old movies, or let yourself be distracted when you have technology glitches, and just do something different. Let’s take Sindy’s and my astrologer friend, Katrin’s advice and make Mercury Retrograde FUN!





51 thoughts on “Grosbeak REpertoire

  1. Thanks so much, Mary, for leading the way in modeling how to have fun with Mercury being retrograde. Hmm… I thought retrograde referred to my grade school report card! Delightful post!! Keep ’em comin’!


  2. That was hilarious! I can’t stop myself from grinning! I’m stuck in perpetual 😀 thanks to your amazing pictures, and your fabulous sense of humor!

    Which reminds me, I saw the most amazing show last night, which if you haven’t seen it, you’ll possibly love it! It’s called Hidden Kingdoms (on Netflix streaming) and was about life below the surface! Tonight is part two, which I’m looking forward to…

    OH! and I found three feathers in my yard some time back, beautiful yellow, and I can’t say for sure, but perhaps they could be from Grosbeaks? I don’t know their specific stomping grounds, but I hadn’t seen any yellow winged birds here before.

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    • Hahaha, I’m glad you thought it was funny. I laughed doing it.
      That netflix piece sounds interesting. I have been meaning to join netflex. We can’t stream here, but I could send for DVDs.
      Hmmm, yellow feathers. We only have the evening grosbeaks for a couple of months late winter/early spring. I guess they go north. Do you live in NY? Could be them or goldfinches or warblers or do you have Baltimore orioles? They are more orange. I always depend on my Peterson and Sibly bird books.
      Thanks for reading and for your wonderful comment. Made me smile, and laugh a little. 🙂

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      • Yes, I’m sure you can get Hidden Kingdoms on DVD. Some things are strictly streaming, but most also come in DVD.
        Yes, I’m in the Mid Hudson Valley in NY. The feathers are larger, I think, than goldfinches’ feathers would be. Not sure about warblers, and I don’t believe we have the Baltimore Orioles. There are cardinals, sparrows, another small bird (possibly juncos ?), chickadees in winter especially. Of course there are hawks, and crows, and we have a falcon which lives right around our house.

        The feathers I found have yellow against black, and the inside of the feather is quite yellow at bottom, with black at top. It’s a bright yellow. I have a Book of North American Birds, and the Evening Grosbeak or the Yellow Warbler might be the closest and are shown to be in the area.


  3. Oh Mary, thanks so much for the laugh. I have been at work all day and came home a bit cranky, that post was a mood changer 😀 Thanks so much for making us all a very happy Mercury Retrograde. With some glitches. lol

    Peace & Love

    You know I love birds right? I was just watching a pigeon and pondering its behavior, before I came in and read this.

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    • Oh, so glad you laughed. Crankiness is no fun. I figured you probably loved birds the way you love Nature. Isn’t it fun watching their behavior? Also kind of fun to anthropomorphize to an absurd extreme. Haha. This post was fun to do. Thanks for putting the challenge out there. ❤

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  12. Hahaha very funny bird watching. Bird talking -looks they are having some retrofun themselves. lovely pictures and we all certainly need to enjoy the nature we live in.
    Makes me just that much more appreciative that I am not in front of a computor or driving a car. loved it. Now I am going outside to work in my garden and watch for the grosbecks. Mercury just can’t effect me there. Thanks MB


    • That last photo was for you, Michele. The crane doing tai chi flying crane. I’m glad you thought the post was funny. Enjoy your garden.


  13. I loved this post, the beauty of the birds with such hilarious comments, 🙂
    I have tried to photograph birds often. No luck so far, but I keep observing them. Sometimes we make eye contact and just chill together.

    peace, Linda


    • I’m glad you thought it was funny. I love birds too. I love hanging out with them too, chilling with eye contact. Love that! I love that with other animals too. Thanks for commenting, Linda. Peace to you as well.

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    • Right, because I wasn’t anthropomorphizing at all. It was all what they were really thinking! haha


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  19. I’m glad you thought it was funny. It was fun doing it. Thanks for your comment. 🙂


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