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.

bailey-road.com 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.

pattisjarrett said...

After having a Barley, no other dog will do.

Linda said...

Beautiful series!