Sunday, May 8, 2011

Out of My Rear Window 5/8/11

What a bright, and beautiful Mother's Day!  The sun is shining and it's going to get into the mid 60s today.  A perfect day for gardening, and that is what I intend to do, just as soon as it gets a little bit warmer.

There have been a lot of visitors this week.  Many of them have come in pairs.  This is the Mallard duck pair that comes faithfully, every day.
A Mourning Dove pair
And the Canada goose pair, who spend every day eating and lounging at the spa.
Mr. Tom Turkey, however, has given up on his courting, and now comes by himself.  He's got to be tired and hungry after all those weeks of strutting and showing off.
And, I solved the mystery this week, of why my bird bath has been losing water so rapidly.  The culprit?  Mr. Canada goose.

It's just the right height, I guess.

Have a very Happy Mother's Day, everyone!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Out of My Rear Window 5-3-11

I'm a little late this week, I know.  I wasn't going to post anything, but one of my blogging friends gave me a much needed kick in the rear end (thank you).  I'm OK, just in what my Mom (of stoic German stock) used to call a "darn Irish black mood" when my Dad got the same way.  I've got a few troubling things going on in my life right now.  It's all really pretty trivial, compared to what others go through, but my way of handling bad things has always been to withdraw, stick my head in the sand and sing "Na, na, na, na" very loudly.  It takes me a while to realize that doesn't work, and start getting on with life again.

Anyway, as you can see, it's a wet, and dreary day here.  We had the wettest April on record, with 5.81 inches of rain, as opposed to an average 2.7 inches.  It looks like that's continuing into May.

There are a few birds at the feeder today.  I put up my new feeder and the birds love it.  It seems like there is always a chickadee sitting on one of the perches.
  The Mourning Doves are present and accounted for.  I didn't even notice that I had caught a little Chipping Sparrow in the lower right hand corner.
And, in the back yard, the Turkey Ladies are hanging out.  We're still down to two, but, I'm very much afraid that, with all of this wet weather, the other Ladies won't be able to hatch their eggs.  Fingers crossed that I'm wrong.
And, last of all, a picture of me.  I took it to send to a friend, to show her how wild my hair gets when it's just washed.  But, it came out pretty good, for a picture taken in a mirror, and I thought I'd show you all that I'm not wasting away up here (or down here if you're Sophie, Jim or Gary.)