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Birds of a feather …

To enable us to see out to our bird feeders, we put in two big picture windows in our breakfast area.

We also took off the screens so we could see clearly.

It’s great, we love it, but sometimes, the birds try to fly right into the house!

The other day I heard not one, but TWO “THUMPS” while I was in the kitchen.

I ran to the window to check, and sure enough, there were two male cardinals lying on the ground under the window.

I went out to check on them (my neighbor has two bird-eating cats) and found them very stunned.

I picked them up at took them to the driveway and called Wildlife Rescue.

Of course, it was just after 5 pm on a Friday, but someone did answer the phone. She asked if they could fly, and at that time, they were both not able to.

She suggested I put them in a box or a bin with a cover with air holes and bring them in the following morning in case they had broken wings.

I prepared two bins with window screens for the tops. Lined the bottom with newspaper and put birdseed and a little water bowl inside. As I lifted one Mr. Cardinal to place him inside, he fluttered and flew off!

Yeah.

Good result for him. Mr. Cardinal #2, not ready yet. He went into the box without any fuss. Poor guy.
Then I thought – DUH. I have to take pictures of these guys! So I went to get the camera, and when I lifted the screen off the box, Mr. Cardinal #2 flew off.

Guess they just needed to catch their breath. Sometimes these incidents don’t have such good endings, but I was so glad this one did.

[And I told them to quit chasing each other around the window!]

By | October 26th, 2009|birds, Blog, cardinal, Sharing Nature's Garden|0 Comments

This and that …

Can you see my little friend up there in the tree?  He was CHEEEEEPing at me today as I worked in the yard.   I think it was a wren, but it’s hard to say.  I couldn’t see him any better than this photo.

He must have a nest near by because he was fussing at me.  I went away for a little while and left him in peace.  But it sure was a lovely sound.
We lost a male cardinal this week … I’m so sad to report that he was the victim of one of our dogs.  I suspect it was our new hound girl (the chicken-killer).  Made me so sad to find him.  We specifically don’t feed or put up houses for the birds in the back yard, but they often sweep across the back and fly really low to the ground.  And sometimes they just hang out in the bushes.  I know it’s all part of the cycle of life, but I don’t like it when my dogs contribute to it.  
And here’s a two-fer for you:  My new Felco pruners, posing next to the two daffodil tips peeking up out of the ground — already!  See them?  I LOVE the daffodils.  And though I didn’t get a photo of it, I saw one tiny bloom on my Anacacho Orchid today.  Spring is just around the corner…or just under the mulch, as the case may be.
And since it worked for me last year, I actually PLANTED daffodils today and yesterday.  I got two dozen into the ground in various spots.  When I did it in January last year with bulbs I had forgotten about, they all came up, so, since now is when I have the time to plant them, now is when they are going in the ground.  
With our bizarre weather these days, I don’t think any of the conventional rules apply, anyway!
It was 80 today – but it’s supposed to be in the 50’s tomorrow.  Summer today, winter tomorrow.  Hey – I’m just happy to have had a little break with sunshine.
By | January 9th, 2009|Blog, bulbs, cardinal, daffodils, pruners, Sharing Nature's Garden|0 Comments

More friends and neighbors

Just wanted you to meet some more of our friends.  This is Mr. Cardinal, who sings me a lovely song every morning.  (Don’t tell anyone, but I chirp back to him.)
Here is one of our many Anoles — darting around the palm fronds trying to keep himself hidden from birds and other predators.
And this is Miss Hummer.  Isn’t she delicate?  Tonight she and two of her friends came and had dinner with us.  My husband put this feeder just outside our breakfast room window so we can sit quietly and enjoy them.

Tonight we also had 3 yearling does come to eat grass on the septic tank for dinner, but I didn’t get any shots of them.  All these photos were courtesy of my husband and his fabulous new camera lens.  I’m so grateful he helped me out by getting some pictures, as I’m still sick with a sinus infection and have no will to do much of anything.  There sure wouldn’t be any post without his help tonight.
I am assuming that these are also the does who ate the flowers off of my new phlox planted at the end of the driveway.  Kallie and I went to the mailbox and discovered a cluster of flowers lying in the grass and then found that the phlox had been eaten down to the nubs.  I wasn’t sure when I bought them if they would be safe, so I guess I now have my answer!