Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Morning Watch




It's first light, and Barley takes his job as garden watchdog pretty seriously.




After all, who knows when a marauding rabbit might want some breakfast?
Not that Barley would hurt a fly, but the rabbits don't know that.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of things to engage a watchdog's attention.




In the old dogwood tree across the yard...




...a Carolina Chickadee has made a home, 
and makes frequent trips in and out to feed the little ones.




After a quick bath...




...and a flip of the tail, she's back to work.




The much maligned Brown-headed Cowbird bathes next,
then shakes and sends out a shower of droplets.




Despite his bad reputation, he considers himself quite handsome.




None of them seem to be too troubled by Barley.

Maybe next time we'll get a Rottweiler...





Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday






21 comments:

Willow said...

Barley ~ is precious !!!
That last look , lol priceless .

Kerri Farley said...

Barley is adorable....and I LOVE Your birds :)

pens and needles said...

Barley is the perfect watchdog -- and he just happens to be beautiful. If you ever decide to get a rottweiler, call me to come and pick up Barley. :) I'd take him in a heartbeat...

Dave said...

The perch is quite an attraction with the birds, it works very well.

Mary Cromer said...

Always a delight to visit your blog and this post did not fail to charm me and all so lovely~

TexWisGirl said...

barley is ADORABLE! my dogs would have chased/possibly caught the rabbit. :)

Karen said...

Barley looks pretty laid back and relaxed! Sweet bird shots, love that bunny!

Margaret Adamson said...

Barley is gorgeous and I love the bird nest with the bird peeping out.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Such a pleasant series of images and narration! Thanks!

Janet Shaw said...

Cute! Your chickadee is so cute!

eileeninmd said...

Barley is a cutie, looks like my Goldie Girl. Love the cute chickadees.. Great post.

Lisa Gordon said...

I can understand why they would not be intimidated, Connie. That face is just precious.

Anonymous said...

Sweet Barley! He looks too comfortably settled to give chase. Love the photos of the bunny and birds too.

S. Etole said...

Barley is such a handsome dog. And I like that little twisty vine the birds perch on.

Gary Phillips said...

Bobbi and I consider Barley a prince. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River.

Carole M. said...

loving your birds visiting; I think your loved dog is being very accommodating

Kelly said...

Hi Connie,
Kelly Collins here. I have commented on your beautiful blog before and wanted to share something with you. Wondered if you had an email where I could reach you? Blessings
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Jennifer Richardson said...

Barley looks like a gentle soul
who would defend his lovies
with his last breath:)
Thanks for sharing the beautiful way
you see,
Jennifer

Kamana said...

what a wonderful peaceful place you have.

Anonymous said...

After having a Barley, no other dog will do.

Linda said...

Beautiful series!