Magnolia blossoms (and aggressive sparrows)

Magnolia May 11, 2013

Our magnolia is in that transition between buds and leaves.  So many springs we hit the flowering stage just in time for stormy weather to send the blossoms pelting to the ground before we’re able to enjoy them.  When it started raining a couple days ago, I figured we’d miss the show again this year.

But there are still plenty of flowers left, so I took this photo to capture them.  So pretty 🙂

P.S. ~ It looks like a pair of sparrows has chased off the chickadees living in the hole/nest in one of the magnolia’s limbs.  It has been a strangely humorous episode of ornithologic aggression to observe.  Are sparrows higher in the pecking order, as it were?  Because I’m seeing lots of posturing and chest-puffing assertiveness on the part of those sparrows, and the chickadees seem to have vanished.  Sparrows are real bullies!

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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4 Responses to Magnolia blossoms (and aggressive sparrows)

  1. Jo Schmidt says:

    Down South we call these “tulip” trees but either way they are one of my favorite spring sights!!! Jo ANNA SCHMIDT



    • I had always heard of “tulip” trees and wondered what they were. I guess my area was a northern part of the South, where some folks spoke Southern (“tulip”) and others spoke central Appalachian (“magnolia”) 🙂


  2. “Are sparrows higher in the pecking order, as it were?” 😉 some observation on life, huh? happy spring, ms. katherine… magnolia blossoms pelting to the ground and all. cheers! 🙂 ~ san


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