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Robins and Bluebirds

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 I love to feed the birds, but the European Starlings get on my nerves. They swarm in and eat all the food from the feeders I have on my deck. Of course, they bathe in the birdbath as I stated in the previous blog, which leaves another mess that I have to clean up!  On the 18th of January, I decided to put out some meal worms for the Eastern Bluebirds. I am giving you the proper names to the birds, so you know exactly what they are.  The bluebirds flew in and located the meal worms. I had four that came. One was a female the rest were male. I was watching from my kitchen window. The blasted starlings flew in and the bluebirds left. I wasn't having none of that. By this time I had taken a picture from the kitchen window and had camera in hand.  I went to the back door opened it up and opened the storm door about 8 inches.  The starlings flew off!  I waited a couple of minutes and one of the bluebirds came back. Then another showed up. I was still standing there in the open doorway.

The Cleanest Starlings In My City

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 I have watched birds for a long time. Not just the ones appreciated by everyone, like the Cardinal and the Chickadee, but all of the birds including the sparrows and the starlings. I am sure you know that the European Starling were brought to America in the 1890's.  I read that Shakespeare enthusiasts were responsible.  100 birds were set loose in New York's Central Park. Now we have over 200 million of them all over the states.  I bet you didn't know they were vocal mimics too. They can even copy the song of the American Robin and the Northern Flicker, both of these are also in my yard. So, now I wonder when I have heard that song, "could it be a starling instead?"  I have a heated birdbath on my deck. The birds really enjoy it! They drink and they bathe. I love it when they take a bath. So much action.  One day I took a video of the ever bathing starlings.  They didn't care if it was 18°F or 90°F, if they wanted a bath, they took a bath.  Yesterday, as I wa

December 30, 2020 and Snow

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My hubby came in and told me it was snowing like crazy! Really?  I just had let the dogs out and dried them off from the rain.  I looked out my window and saw some snow.  I got up from my computer, did a few things, went and looked out my kitchen window and, indeed, it was snowing pretty heavy at that time.  I went back by my computer and grabbed my camera. This was the first snow for me, since the beginning of the year.   First birds I noticed were the sparrows. I looked out and saw Cardinals in the flowering crab. They were farther then I wanted for a decent picture, so I stepped out on the deck and very carefully walked across the deck that already had some ice on it.  I checked and saw a Cardinal eating the little crab apples.  I know the Robin eats these too. I have a couple of marvelous pictures of them.  I snapped a picture and then realized there was a female just below the male. Another picture taken. Then another male. I finally came in the house, as the snow was starting to

Have You Missed the Blog? I Have Missed Writing!

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Time flies by! Last blog was September, this is now after middle of November. Not only is my gardening finished for the year but there has been lots been going on! The other day, I walked out to the mailbox. Our weather has been up and down, 30's at night warmer in the daytime. This day it was 65°F with the sun shining.  I looked down and there was a small little sunshine in the grass. Little bit of sunshine on the ground! Then today, I was letting the dogs out and, yes, there were several squirrels that went running off away from my dogs. One went up the Pin Oak and sat there while Rosebud looked up and barked at it. The squirrel then ran down the branch to the spindly end, leaped to the Blackhaw tree, ran down a branch went over to the flower crab, got on the fence traveled the fence, went down the fence to the side yard, sat for a minute, then took off to the backyard and over the the far Locust tree on the right side of our property. I am standing on the deck and telling the do

I Failed Blog - I Failed Garden at the River Plot - But I did get some produce!

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It's been a crazy year for sure.  I fell and hurt my shoulder and my knees and have been doing physical therapy. Been trying to do some of the gardening across the river but sure have failed. As previous post said, it was mostly weeds.  I did manage to pick a few ears of corn. I got just two meals worth of corn and one meal of roastin' ears. Not much for 4 rows 25 feet long.  Heck, they were growing fairly good and then they just quit.  Many rainy and windy days which knocked down most of the tomato stakes. Yes, it was that windy!  I did get enough tomatoes from here at the house and out there for 6-7 pints of salsa.  I planted the Pink Banana squash but never got one. Bugs are on the plants now so really don't expect to see one.  I did get one Acorn Squash. There is another growing but I bet those squash bugs get it. At home, for those who follow this blog, I did get about 3 to 4 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes out of the half whiskey barrel. I have picked many Banana Pepper

Trapping the Line

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  Trapping the Line By Mary J Williams   I feel like one of the Mountain Men Checking on a trap line The mouse traps were set But Nothing did I find   Most of them still had bait But one was stripped clean How does a mouse do that And not spring the thing?   I have two on the kitchen floor One is in the back room One is in a closet I hope all are caught soon   Yes, I have trapped a few You see the telltale signs Little turds on the floor Always in a line   Set the trap with peanut butter It never seems to fail One I even caught By his little tail   This is driving me nuts Having the mice in the house Never before in over twenty years Have we ever had a mouse!   The year is 2020 The year of COVID-19 Guess I can blame the mice On what a year it’s been  

This Squirrel is on my Last Nerve!

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I know, you all love the squirrels. They are so cute! We feed them! He eats out of my hand!  Big Deal! My squirrels not only eat here, eating most of the birdseed, they also are on the demolish the deck mission. A couple of days ago, Tuesday, July 21st, I posted a picture on Facebook of what I caught a young squirrel doing to a 2 x 4 on my deck.  This squirrel loves the feeder. It's all metal. It has drain holes at the bottom and some holes on the front side that keeps the holder in and the bar that closes when something heavy, like a squirrel, gets on it. Shuts down with no seed available. So, this young squirrel figured out that he could suck out some seed from the drain hole: The metal bird feeder The drain holes in the bottom which are larger now that the squirrel has chewed on them Even had chewed on those 3 holes Now on the 21st I noticed this squirrel chewing on the 2 x 4 and took a picture of it I couldn't believe the damage the critter had done and thought, "gonna