July 22, 2013

Buford T. Justice Takes Some Heat

Good old Buford.
He's had this tree to himself for so long, but we've had visitors of late.
Some he welcomes and some he doesn't.

He and J Bird have some lunch.

And what we thought were Buford's offspring...
 they turned out to be just another feathered couple who enjoyed lunch with the Justice family.
They are house finches.
I was informed by the premier bird authority, Tex from the Run Around Ranch.
She is all knowing.  Thanks, Tex!

They come and snack all thru the day. 

I love watching them.

Buford watches and waits.
There's trouble coming to town.

This loud mouthed Mama has her eyes on the Justice family tree.
I looked out two mornings ago and yelled "fight! fight!".
 She was doing a little grocery shopping and thought she'd have a look at Buford's kitchen.
He ran her off in a hurry, which shocked me, because mockingbirds are mean.
Today, the Blue Jays showed up and made a scene.

Buford T. Justice prevailed.

I think big blue's name should be The Bandit.

Sheriff Justice: Nobody... Nobody makes Sheriff Buford T. Justice 
look like a possum's pecker!

Wondering why we would name a bird after Jackie Gleason's character in Smokey and The Bandit?
We had originally named them Harry and Hermione due to our fascination with the Harry Potter books.

But after we installed sunblock film on our windows,
Buford began slamming himself into the windows thinking that his reflection was another male cardinal.
His dim witted wife started doing it, too.
It drove us crazy!
We loved to watch Smokey and The Bandit, so when on one of those occasions the slamming began
...the rest is history.
We named him after the sheriff and amused ourselves with lines from the movie.

The scene "Give me a Diablo sandwich and a Dr. Pepper"
...we laugh 'til we cry.
If you know the movie, then you know what I mean.
(Hush puppies, Daddy!)

Did you know that it was one of the highest grossing movies of 1977?
The top honors went to Star Wars.
Lots of Smokey fans out there, I guess.
We loved watching old movies with the boys.
There was just so much movie gold out there from that time.

And seriously, who didn't want to be The Bandit?

Can he see me?

No possum's pecker here, so I'm guessing he knows.

I think he might want to BBQ my ass.
In molasses.

(and Buford T.)


  1. Love all these great bird pics!! And don't hate me, but I've never seen the movie! You make me wanna see it :)

  2. I have a pair of cardinals that hold their own with blue jays and mockingbirds too. I always thought jays and mockingbirds were the tough guys on the block, but the cardinals got here years ago and raise a family here every year, so I guess they figure they have squatters' rights.

  3. LMAO.....you're hilarious Tina!!!
    I loved that movie - those are some pretty spectacular photos you captured - I can just see you all sitting at the window watching - and the birds are thinking " get a life people " LOL

  4. Great bird pics! I know there can be quite the rumble out there as others try to infringe on territory-very entertaining:@)

  5. Oh, lawd...you thought those finches were baby cardinals? You need a bird book, woman!!
    Smokey and the Bandit...that brings back memories!!

  6. Thanks for the morning laugh, Tina! Your yard birds are quite entertaining. The last photo is my fave. :)

  7. I love my birds! Loved Smokey and the Bandit too! But I really love your pictures...you take such great ones Tina!

  8. I suck at bird. And movies like Smokey and the Bandit don't make me laugh. I know, I'm a dork. I have finches though. Lots of them. They love picking bugs out of my mulch. I guess I should get a feeder. My sister has a mocking bird that terrorizes her cat. It's awful.

  9. I loved Smokey and the Bandit!! Actually had a Bandit story myself I will have to tell you sometime! Love the pictures!!

  10. I'm amazed that you can recognize a bird from day to day even if yu don't know what kind it is. I wouldn't know neither of those things and I watch them all the time.

    Think next trip to the oldies row at the movies I'll look for Smokey to watch with my HP fan.

  11. Just found you through Danni. Love your blog and yes, I will be sticking around! I read your 'about' page. We have ALOT in common. Yes, alot. Uncanny alot.

    Grace Grits and Gardening


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