March 20, 2009

Spring Symphony

Happy first day of spring! My house plants are feeling the season change and the Christmas cactus, violet, and a cyclamen are happily blooming in pink. We've had gorgeous weather this week and things are beginning to green up a bit around the edges outdoors too. I mentioned that there are numerous bulbs coming up out front, but for the life of us, we can't remember what we planted out there - scattered, scattered people sometimes!

Outside the spring noises are incredible. You can stand out on the deck and be inundated by so many different bird songs. Blue birds are already busy nesting in the boxes that my Uncle J. put along the fence last spring. Red-winged black birds are starting to arrive and put dibs on their favorite pond reed. The females will get here later and make a nest on the ground below those reeds that the males use as watch towers. At the height of the summer we conservatively have a hundred of these birds living at the pond and it sounds like a riot down there.

You can see in this photo that the goldfinches are enjoying the thistle sock and you can notice that this early in the spring they are still a little on the green side. They change to the bright yellow as the season progresses. I didn't get a shot of it, but the suet cage in the photo has had a really pretty woodpecker eating there. And unfortunately, a larger cousin of the pretty woodpecker has been back at our fireplace - ahh! If you read this blog post from last October , you'll remember that this is not a welcome visitor!

At the deck feeder you can see both juncos and house sparrows. Those house sparrows are destructive and pushy, and they keep me from being able to put hanging flower baskets on our front porch, but they do make a beautiful sound.
Last night I heard the first frog music coming from our pond! I wish I knew more about the difference between frogs and toads and their habits so I could identify the various songs. Eventually the noise they make down there can truly keep you awake at night because there are so many of them! One pair of geese and one pair of ducks have been visiting the pond in past days. We're really hoping that the ducks will take up residence in the never-used duck box down there. I guess it's hard to move real-estate all over these days!

Well, this is all then.

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