Wednesday, June 30, 2010
And in the middle of our garden tour this weekend, (of course!) the baby robins in a nest on the barn spot lights, decided to fledge, adding much to the entertainment of our garden visitors, who believed we orchestrated it for their benefit. One jumped out of the nest and landed in the crabapple tree next to the barn. The other two, pictured here, stayed in the nest for a few more hours, getting up their courage. It was interesting that they changed their calls and began to make the fledging calls before they fledged. Just after I took this photo one jumped and followed the mother robin into the bushes. The last one soon followed. Whew! I was worried, but they all made it to safety. Now they are well into the woodland cover and the parents are hunting all over our garden for food for them.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Long border with gazebo and hummingbird feeders. We sit and watch the hummers.
A view from the entry garden to the urn from lunaform. "Goldflame" Trumpet Honeysuckle vine (Lonicera heckrotii), a magnet for hummingbirds, tumbles over the wall. Prairie Fire crabapple is above it and provides fruit for robins and Cedar Waxwings in fall. We plant lots of bee balm and salvia "Lady in Red" for the hummers.
I was inside and saw two visitors enjoying themselves by sitting in the kitchen garden. The view is to the 'pinnacle rock' viewing area and alpine garden
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
This week we are too busy to blog, will get back to you next week. Too much work and events at our house, etc. Here's a male Evening Grosbeak photo, taken recently at our feeder, for you to look at. Love those knock-out colors.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
The female is olive yellowish with brown wings and thus more camouflaged, a good thing, as she has to sit on the nest and incubate the eggs. The males sings throughout their breeding period and occasionally the female sings also. In winter, the male looses his scarlet coloring and becomes bright olive-green on the body.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Our male bluebird is coming to our feeder and stuffing his bill full of mealworms to take to his 4 fledglings. So much stuffing, you won't believe how many he can stuff!! The more he stuffs, the more he can take to the 4 hungry mouths waiting for him in the tree. What a good Dad.
Monday, June 07, 2010
We are as heartbroken and sick about the Deepwater Horizon uncontrolled oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as you are. It is devastating to watch TV, as we did last night, and see birds, almost unrecognizable as birds, completely covered in ugly, gooey oil. It is even more devastating to think that the spill is not stopped, and continues. This will be a menace for years to come to wildlife, the ocean and land environment, to humanity, the economy, and the states affected. Some days it is hard for us to focus on our work, which we must do.
Friday, June 04, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Purple Finches are beautiful birds that breed in upper eastern and mid-western parts of the country, the West Coast and Canada. Here in NH they are the state bird. A graduate student, Sarah Knutie, is starting a long-term monitoring study of Purple Finch population status and distribution and needs volunteers that are interested in monitoring Purple Finches, House Finches and Pine Siskins at their feeders. This will require only 1-2 hours a month between March and Sept. If you would like to participate in the study get in touch with Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, city and state, and the months of the year you see Purple Finches.