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 There are two batches of photos from Thursday, one of flowers and one of nests.
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I posted two batches of garden photos from Monday, one of flowers and one of birds
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Today is warm and muggy.  We picked up the remaining grass that had been raked, one pile and a row.

Baby robins are still in the nest.  :D 

EDIT 6/19/17: I went back out later and did more grass trimming.
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Today is a little warm but workable, and sunny.  We got rain last night!  \o/

I threw down some leftover grass seed along the strip where Doug mowed excess raspberries by the fence in the ritual meadow.

Also I discovered that a bird nest at eye level in one of Home Base's lower branches now has two fat baby robins in it.  :D  I hadn't seen them before because it's mostly covered with leaves.  Same with a nest I found yesterday in the hazelnut bush that has two speckled eggs in it. 

EDIT 6/15/17: I went back out and finished trimming around the septic garden.

EDIT 6/15/17: I trimmed grass around the firepit.
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Today started out sweltering, but a front blew through and cooled off the air a lot.  It made so much wind, I had to go out and repot all the plants that blew off of the picnic table.  >_< 

I posted new pictures.

We have barn swallows nesting under the porch overhang!  :D 3q3q3q!!!

EDIT 6/14/ 17:  I went back out twice and trimmed weeds around two sides of the septic garden.  Now I need to do the part in back that goes around the cap itself.  But I'm tired and it's getting dark.  Some other time.

Fledglings!

Jun. 7th, 2017 03:21 pm
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I went out to take pictures today, and when I approached the porch, all three  mourning doves exploded from the nest!  \o/ Mama dove has successfully fledged two squabs this season.  I don't know if they'll come back or not, sometimes they do for a few days.  It will be interesting to see if she starts another nest.  Often they go through several a summer.
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Today is partly sunny and warm.

Round 1, I watered the potted plants on the porch and trimmed grass around the telephone pole.

The mourning dove eggs have hatched into two tiny, fuzzy squabs.  I found a video of one online. 

Raspberries are beginning to turn pink in a few places.  Many of the mulberries are pink.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 2, I pulled weeds around the forest garden.

Also the last shipment of plants arrived today.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 3, I planted three windflowers, two stargazer lilies, and three balloon flowers around the barrel garden; and one White Feather hosta in the purple-and-white garden.

A cool breeze has blown up, downdraft from a storm some distance away.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 4, I planted a white lilac and a black hollyhock.

EDIT 5/26/17 -- Round 5, I sowed more grass in the streetside yard.

It's getting dark, so I'm done for tonight.
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I heard rustling and scratching outside my office window.  There in the bushes were a pair of cardinals, fluttering around and courting.  The male had a mouthful of something which he passed to the female.  Aww!  <3

EDIT 5/24/17:  Also today I spotted an indigo bunting perched on the pot hanger above the barrel garden.
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Today is sunny, warm, and breezy.

Round 1, I potted up the last of the purple-and-white petunias.

I also startled the mourning dove off her nest when I went back to the porch, so it's still active. 

I've posted a picture of the native plants that I bought on Saturday.

Round 2, I potted up the last of the snapdragons, verbena, and gazania.  I put one gazania in the septic garden to see if it would survive the herbivores.

Round 3, I potted up two ice plants, one yellow and one amber.  I also planted a four-pack of pinks in the prairie garden, and bronze fennel in the strip garden.
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A male cardinal was engaged in trying to peck my window open, for reasons best known to him.  Not wishing to have my window pecked open, I gave him a territorial whistle in his own language.  He looked up and cocked his head in a listening way.  I whistled again.  He flew off.  This is quite different than a bird's feather-ruffling startle flight.  I have successfully communicated "You should not be doing that in my territory" to a bird.  \o/ 
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I saw two blue jays at the hopper feeder.  I've heard them in the yard, but this is the first I've actually seen any in months. 
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I saw a brown thrasher busily digging into the hopper feeder.  :D  They are cheerful singers and voracious insectivores, supplementing with seeds when insects are less plentiful. 
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Today I fed the birds. It's sunny and bright, but the feeders are quite active -- lots of grackles and sparrows.

I haven't seen the mourning dove on the nest for several days, although the eggs are still there. Apparently it's been abandoned. :/ But perhaps another dove will start a new batch. There are often several clutches a season in that location, it's very popular.

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