The warm and the rainy days help the garden to progress very quickly. Flora and Fauna are flourishing. Our Meyer Lemon tree has a lot of flower buds; and we have a first blossom. The tomatoes are growing fast. Planting them on a good layer of compost did the trick. The peach tree is full with fruits. I can’t wait for July to come, so I can harvest them.
Salvia “Hot Lips”
First Meyer Lemon blossom of this season
Pink Evening Primrose
The tomatoes are in bloom in the greenhouse.
We’ve got some big tomato plants, already.
I love the succulents, Kevin gave me for our Anniversary! ❤
Green Onion Globe
A little Bewick’s Wren made its home in the nestbox outside of Katelynn’s window. She loves it, when the wren wakes her up with a beautiful song every morning. The Blue Jays are very pleased, how the raised beds come along. The birds did their part of growing the beds as well. Lots of seeds turned into seedlings. In Summer, they will enjoy a Sunflower “jungle”.
We have a Bewick’s Wren building a nest in the birdhouse in front of Katelynn’s bedroom window.
The Blue Jay is happy with the garden.
The Northern Mockingbird sits on the fence and sings the most beautiful songs of Spring.
The bird feeders are always refilled in our backyard.
Since Sandy and Sophie have to share the peanuts with the Blue Jays, the Great-tailed Grackles and an American Crow, the squirrels hide their stash deep in the grass, where the birds can’t see and take them so easily. But when Sandy is hungry and comes back for a snack, she forgets where exactly she put her peanut sometimes. After looking around, she usually finds it nearby the feeder and the bird bath.
“I’m gonna run to the spot, where I put that peanut.”
“It must be right here.”
“Hmm, where did that peanut go?”
“Did I bury it?”
“Okay, let me think for a moment!”
“I’m sure, I hid it right ….”
” … here! FOUND IT!”
The slinky is filled up with peanuts. My little Blue Jays showed up in no time.
“Which peanut should I pick this time?”
“Who cares? They are all mine!”
“Yep, got one!”
“In which tree I’m gonna crack this shell. So many options …”
“I’m so pretty.”
“Thank goodness, the cats are not in the catio right now.”
On a beautiful day like today, I sat on the porch to do some bird watching for myself. With the regular feathered friends, we also had some “Newcomers” in our backyard. Mr. & Mrs. Savannah-Sparrow came over to say ‘Hello’, before they moved on into the next yard.
Sandy decided to check the peanut slinky feeder. When she sat on the branch, she was only about five feet away from me. For a moment Sandy kept starring at me as she wanted to say: “Ma’am, the slinky feeder is empty. Could you refill it with those tasty peanuts? PLEEEEAAASSSEEE!” Unfortunately, I’m out of peanuts. I’d love to give her some. I guess, I need to go to the store and get some unsalted peanuts for the young lady and the Blue Jays, again. 😉
Blue Jay III
Blue Jay I
Blue Jay II
Male House Sparrow
Male Northern Cardinal
“YIPPIE! Dog’s gone! Now, I can come back and eat.”
Sandy climbs up the branch to see, if the slinky feeder is full of peanuts.
Today, we had quite a few guests at in the trees and at the feeders. Everyone ate plenty of food to store more fats. Winter is not over, yet. Friday morning suppose to be in the mid 20s (-4°C). Here are today’s photos of our feathered and mammal friends:
Usually it is not easy to get a photo of Mr. & Mrs Cardinal together. Today I was lucky.
“Are you ready for the cold front? It seems like, you are practicing getting into a feathery ball, again.”
“Hey Max, I was just talking to your wife about the upcoming cold front. How is everything?”
Randy is back!
“When I eat enough seeds, that will keep me warm until the cold front passes, later this week.”
Lots of feathered friends came over in our yard, all day. The feeders got emptied so quick, that I had to refill them twice. Next to the Blue Jays and the Northern Cardinals, we had a Bewick’s Wren, an American Goldfinch, two Black-capped Chickadees, White-winged Doves, Mourning Doves, Black-eyed Juncos, House Sparrows and a Red-bellied Woodpecker. A couple of squirrels ran to the feeder to grab some of the peanuts, before they jumped over the fence and into the neighbor’s tree. Yeah, I have that feeling that they didn’t like the Turkey Vulture circling over our house. A nice squirrel or bird snack had been fantastic for the big predator. But not on my watch, today. There’s plenty of mice and rats in the neighborhood. They taste as good as any rodent meat. 😉
The Turkey Vulture was soaring over our trees and house. A tasty squirrel or bird snack had been nice.
More peanuts for the Blue Jays
When our neighbor finds out, that “Woody” is interested in the siding on his house, he won’t be happy.
The White-winged Doves and the House Sparrows share their late lunch together.
While I cooked, I’ve got a fire started in the fireplace. The temperatures didn’t go above 40°F (4°C). Sara wanted me to fill up, the slinky feeder with peanuts, because she likes to watch her little Blue Jays. And sure enough, it didn’t take long, when six Blue Jays showed up to get some nuts. Sandy and Mr. Cardinal picked a couple of peanuts as well. After dinner, we all stayed by the fire in the front room. Kevin and Sara played a board game. And Katelynn watched them, while I tended the fire.
Warming fire in our fireplace