Back From Wintering

Almost A Full House  The temperature is still seesawing, but most of the migrating birds have reached us on their usual schedule.  The Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) have finally settled in one of the bird boxes and have started building their nest despite harassment from the House sparrows.  We really have to keep an eye on this one to make sure that the sparrows don’t … Continue reading Back From Wintering

Happy New Year

In Anticipation Of A Better Year Happy New Year 2017 I would like to present you with the image of a warmer day in our garden, the Zephirine Drouhin rose.  A climbing fragrant rose that blooms continuously throughout the season.  One of many things I anticipate again in June. About this ‘anticipation’, I got the idea from a free bookmark I received from the American Horticultural Society of which … Continue reading Happy New Year

Sound of Spring

Birdsong Most migrating birds are back and that provides a dawn to dusk symphony  in the garden.  Spring seems to be the season the birds sing the loudest; need to declare territory and for the males to show the ladies that he can sing.  After observing them for years, I can tell now when they will be back.  The Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) will be … Continue reading Sound of Spring

They’re Back

…Time For Us To Play Host Again Most of the birds that migrate south during winter have come back. The Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) came back before everyone else. They swooped around looking for their old houses that I had removed for the winter. They checked out the Bluebirds nest box and were chased off by the occupants.  As soon as I put the box back up where … Continue reading They’re Back