Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The House Wrens Are Back

The house wrens are back.  Two house wrens already raised some chicks in the nesting box by the honeysuckle.  The male is now courting a different female.  She is using the nesting box at the north side of the yard.  A different couple has checked out the nesting box with two holes [I think it is supposed to be decorative only] in the wildflower patch that the humming birds hang out in. I've watched the couple fitting sticks into the top hole of the birdhouse.  It is hanging up on a small willow tree.  I guess the female found that to be "just right."

No hummingbirds yet in evidence but the sugar water is hung.  This morning I also prepared several hanging baskets with red and orange flowers that they like.  I put together a new birdbath and filled it.  I also scrubbed the flat flower pot plate that the chickadees seems to prefer and the two water stations [actually meant for chickens] that some of the sparrows like.

The scattered thunderstorms never materialized here today.  This afternoon it got quite sunny and hot.  The dog and I sat on the deck watching the birds and one chipmunk visiting the feeders and ground seeds.  A very large blue jay came by.  He was quite stunning.  A grackle buzzed the dog-- much to her astonishment-- and then continued on his way over the fence and across the street.  The weather people promised a week of storms.  I suspect that I will have to get out the hose if Mother Nature doesn't produce rain soon.  Yesterday was supposed to be sunny.  Instead it was gloomy and a bit overcast with showers which weren't quite soaking but enough to interrupt plans to use the power mower on the lawn of mother-in-law now totally overgrown with dandelions.   

sapphoq looking for a coffee

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