Flock Around, Everybody!

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Jean Gregory  Evans

Franklin, North Carolina, United States

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Small 13" x 13"
Medium 16" x 16"
Large 18" x 18"

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  • 1 inch wide super strong cotton shoulder strap (14 inch length)
  • Soft yet hard wearing 100% spun Polyester Poplin fabric
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Eastern Bluebirds gather at a very small watering hole, pausing momentarily from their winter journey through the woods on a ridge in the mountains of North Carolina, USA in Macon County near the small town of Franklin. They sure were thirsty!

© Jean Gregory Evans

Flock Around, Everyone! has been featured in:

  • Appalachian Life & Artists!
  • Animals…Captions and Confessions Or Talking Pictures

The Top Ten of EASTERN BLUE BIRD in ANIMALS Plus WILD BIRD Photography! CHALLENGE

The Story of How I was able to take this photo:
I actually had to really work for this shot and also had a great deal of luck. I adore watching wildlife and photographing them. For this shot, I had to get quite devious and it required preparation and a lot of work, although I had no idea what I would get.

The weather was about to turn extremely cold for days on end. Before the ground froze, I took a small plastic container and placed it in the ground surrounding it with natural rocks, leaves and sticks from the woods. I placed them right outside my window. Then I added water. Yep, I did. I confess.

After the extreme weather arrived, the watering hole that I had created was frozen solid. I took hot water outside to the watering hole and melted the ice so that the wildlife could consume it.

The usual little birds came, the Tufted Titmouse and Chickadees were the first to visit. I was quite thrilled as I sat in my comfy chair with my camera in hand all cozy and warm indoors. It was very, very cold out!

The water froze quickly so every little while, I had go out into the cold to take another container of hot water and melt the frozen ice. Each time I came back inside to view and take photos, the little birds were just flocking to it like they were really thirsty. To me, they looked thankful to get a drink.

All of a sudden the usual little birds left as a whole flock of these Bluebirds arrived. There were probably 20 of them and they each quickly got a drink in little bunches like this. Each little group got a drink then waited in the trees nearby until all the group had a drink. Then they left and did not return. Ever. (Drat.)

My house is in the woods and usually we don’t have the Bluebirds around. I think they like more open air places. I was so surprised and so thrilled! I had never seen so many at one time ever before anywhere and not ever since!

So that’s my little secret as to how I did this.

In Winter’s extreme cold or the excessive heat of Summer, I have discovered that any time the weather starts breaking records or is abnormal, the animals are easier to photograph. Of course, it is more difficult on the photographer as well. :)

Thank you, Ruth Lambert for asking!

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