It’s been a week since I walked the half mile during my lunch hour and I noticed so many new flowers blooming. I was stunned to see many beautiful Iris (?) at the edge of the woods. Alone on the trail, I stopped in my tracks and commented out loud, “stunning”. I walked briskly today knowing my return to Weight Watchers starts tomorrow, but I had to stop for a while and gaze at the color.
It’s very warm here in the Carolinas and the humidity is rising. We’ve only averaged about two days of light rain per month since March. The effects are evident now. Overnight, the grass gave up and turned brown in spots. We have an irrigation system since it’s a requirement to keep things alive in this climate but I’ll be spending a lot of time this weekend with the garden hose in my hand. Also, I’ll be spending a lot of time inside cleaning the house since we’ll be in Maryland next weekend for a whirlwind visit with family. There is so much work to do outside and inside… And here I sit, blogging my heart out. Time for relaxation is a requirement, too.
The Grackles and Starlings are annoying me as I voiced this week. They were swarming the feeders when I stepped onto the deck this evening and I just can’t keep up with their appetite! I introduced suet near the end of January and it didn’t become popular until April. Now everyone wants it in large quantities! I’ll need to start making Julie’s recipe if I want to please instead of making trips to the store every week to keep their bellies full. Cutting back on the BOSS and suet hasn’t turned them away. When the feeders run dry, they still hang out.
I enjoy the backyard birds I have now. Our home in Delaware was facing a flat, link-style golf course, void of foliage and trees. Flocks of Red-Winged Blackbirds and Mourning Doves visited my feeder. No Sparrows, horny pigeons, Thrashers, Chickadees, or Cardinals. During a severe deep freeze one year there, I did a happy dance inside the house when I saw several bluebirds getting a drink from an unfrozen hole in the pond.
The thought of letting the feeders run dry for a while, in hopes the Grackles and Starlings will leave, is depressing. What would I do without the rest? I took all of the following photos today. Here are just a few who live here.
He can run, but he can’t hide. He's a very bright loud mouth.
House Finches in large numbers get boring but I’d miss them. This female trusted me to be close for a few seconds to photograph her butt.
Lovely sparrows on the ground and hopper challenge my ID skills every day. I'm too tired to try ID tonight.
A Brown-headed Nuthatch has visited every day!
Carolina Chickadees are special. Small and mighty, but difficult to photograph. They manage to have “alone time” at the feeders.
There are more Mockingbirds in my area than any other bird. This is probably my finest photo so far, taken on my walk on campus today.
My heart rate increases whenever I see woodpeckers. I hold my breath and screw up the photo opportunities most of the time. The Red-Bellies visit all day long.
Honeysuckle scent is captivating.
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