Scarecrows and Birds on Wires: July 2021

I enjoyed a recent drive along little travelled country roads.

At one point, I came across these two very lifelike scarecrows.


Every time I saw a bird on a wire, I tried to get a photo and succeeded with these:

Eastern Kingbird
Mourning Dove
American Goldfinch (male)
Yellow Warbler (female)
Mourning Dove
American Robin


I will identify it at the end of the post.

Other birds:

Red-winged Blackbird (female)
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Common Grackle
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird

Some botany:

Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Mullein (Verbascum thapsis)
Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare)
Quack Grass (Elymus repens)
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
Wild-bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)
Tall Meadow-rue (Thalictrum pubescens)
Viper’s Bugloss (Echium vulgare)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Goat’s-beard (Tragopogon)
Late Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea) despite the name, this is one of the earliest goldenrods to flower.
Spreading Dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)


The crest helps identify this as a Cedar Waxwing.

Cedar Waxwing


Come ye into the summer woods;
There entereth no annoy;
All greenly wave the chestnut leaves,
And the earth is full of joy.                                         – Mary Howitt (1799–1888)

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Scarecrows and Birds on Wires: July 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    So lifelike they scared me! Beautiful pictures of birds and botany. But I should have gotten the Cedar Waxwing!
    Thanks, Miles!

  2. rosemarie fischer

    really nice pics,got the mystery bird,and recognized the poison ivy and some other plants,there seems to be some learning going on over here…….thanks for keeping us in the loop,Miles


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