Not a Dummy Nest – 1st Harvest Onions

I’m happy to report that the wrens nest is not a dummy-nest.
The nest is a viable fully functioning nest with 5 eggs.
I’m not fast enough to get a photo of Mama Wren, but I managed to get a pretty good photo of the eggs.
I hope in the near future there will be 5 little birdies in the nest.

My husband harvested our first crop out of the garden: a mess of onions.
So, our gardening season is off and hopefully if the critters allow it we’ll have lots of yummy veggies.

It’s been raining off and on the past couple days.
The world around us is turning into a grand green oasis.
I’m so happy to finally see flora and fauna flourishing.

Wishing you all a Happy Tuesday.

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Wildbird Wednesday (sort of) – Dummy Wren Nest

I learned something about wrens. I suppose a lot of folks know that the male wren builds a few dummy nests and then let’s his mate pick the one she wants to nest in. I didn’t know it and found it fascinating.

I came about this information while surfing around trying to find what kind of bird is building a best in one of  my Citronella Plants (mosquito plants). We bought two of them in hanging pots. In no time the plants outgrew the hanging pots and I transplanted them into 5 gallon buckets. I set them behind our table and chairs. They’ve grown beautifully and quickly.
(Yes, I know they really don’t repel mosquitoes unless you crush the leaves and rub the juices on your skin, however they grow beautifully in the shade and aren’t fussy if you miss a weekly watering every now and then.)

I noticed that something had been digging in one of them. We figured it was the resident squirrel that enjoys leaving walnut hills on our back porch and also digs in my flower beds.After a couple days pieces of moss showed up. Then shortly thereafter it was obvious it was being formed into a nest with each new bits of moss and twigs that showed up.It looks  pretty neat waiting for Mrs. Wren to make up her mind.
Wishing you all a great rest of the week!

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Potato bucket, Gardening & fan nest

One of my potato plants grew tall enough to add more soil to the bucket. I may have went a bit over board with the soil. As you can see, I kept the plant a couple inches tall and buried the leaves, so maybe it’ll be okay. It’ll make me happy if I actually luck up and grow an edible potato or two in the buckets.
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The garden is growing and doing well.
Except for our beans. The bunnies are eating the tops out of them. We figure the beans may still mature and produce as long as the plants have some leaves and are healthy. Our squash is loaded with babies. It won’t be long until we have a nice fresh mess of straightneck squash.The cucumber vines are growing nicely and has a few blooms. We grow cucumbers for salads and to snack on. These few plants will produce enough for us for the summer.The corn looks good and is growing strong. We hope we’ll have enough corn to freeze several bags for the winter.We’re happy with our little garden. It doesn’t require much attention (yet). We like having the more compact smaller garden.

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It’s that special time of year for birds to nest. A couple of birds tried to build nests in our fans again on the back porch. My husband cleaned out the twigs and fluff. Thankfully there wasn’t an egg in the nesting. We now keep the fans running on low during the day to deter the birds from trying to build nests again.
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I hope your plants and flowers are thriving and growing well.
Have a great week!

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edited in 5-22-2017-2:45pm:
Well I didn’t have to worry about adding too much soil after all because the potato plant took care of it.

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WildLife Wednesday – Not Turtle Egg – updated

One of the fun things about yardening is that I never know what I’m going to encounter. Like today, I was digging in one of my flower beds to plant some marigolds. I was pulling the dirt in around the edge of the marigold, when I found an egg buried under a sweet william.

Cool, I physically laughed out loud. I walked across the yard where my husband was mowing and told him, “I need to show you something.”
He followed me to the flowerbed. He laughed and said, “Isn’t that something. I bet it’s a turtle egg.”

We both shared a laugh at the interesting things we find on our property.
I agreed with him about the turtle egg. We used to see turtles in our yard making nest. So far though, we’ve never seen a baby turtle.

I covered the egg back up with soil.  I hope that it may one day hatch out a turtle. Unfortunately, we’ve had more than a few freezing temperatures this past month. This egg is really close to the top of the soil so it may not be viable now.
Or it might be, we’ll see, time will surely tell.

Have a great rest of the week.
May all your surprises be fun ones.

edited in:
There may be more eggs. I stopped digging around as soon as I saw the egg.
Also, I’m just guessing it’s a turtle egg. I honestly don’t know what kind of egg it is.

Edited in May 30, 2017- This is not a turtle egg. It’s a hen of some sort.
see my updated post: Fox Eggs

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Mystery Nest or Not – mystery solved

p1100264We were out for a walk and saw a strange looking object in a tree. We first surmised that it was a nest. It looks as if the limbs and pinecones were woven or piled to make it somewhat of a dome shape and the new growth is a healthy green.
However, It’s awfully far out on limb for such a large nest and it’s quite late in the year for a new nest.

I surfed the internet and can’t find any critter that builds a nest like this.
We’ve finally loosely decided that possibly during a wind gust that the twigs and pinecones got trapped in the Y of the limb forming a platform of sorts and the new growth sprouted out of it and made the dome shape.

Do you recognize this and what it may be?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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edited in 11-29-2016:
I’m happy to report that Jane Tims has solved the mystery nest; it’s called a “Witch’s Broom”
It’s an over-growth that can be caused by various things. Jane Tims has an interesting post that explains about it called “Witch’s Broom”  If you get a chance pop over and read it.
Thanks so very much Jane for solving my mystery. 🙂

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Fan Bird Nest

P1030106Friday afternoon we had to spend some time cleaning the back-porch ceiling fans. It would seem that birdies have decided that since the fans make handy bee-fob nurseries and it not bother the humans… then the fans should also make wonderful birdie-nest nurseries and it not bother the humans.  Unfortunately, we humans disagree and draw the line at critters nesting in spots that render our appliances useless.P1030118

We always feel sad when we disturb or destroy a nest, but sometimes, it’s necessary. To prevent the birdies from trying to nest on our fans again, we’ll keep our fans running on low for a couple weeks more or less.

Have you had issues with the feathered or furry friends trying to nest where they shouldn’t?
Do you feel sad, like we do when you have to disrupt their nesting?

Here’s wishing you a peaceful co-existence with nature.

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