Now that some of the sunflower seeds are maturing, Mr & Mrs Goldfinch visits to enjoy a feast of them. I never tire of watching this beautiful and fun couple.
Another reason I love zinnias is they attract
Yellow Goldfinches or as we like to call them, Canary birds.
Yellow Goldfinches are fun bits of sunshine playing in the zinnia patch.
edited in 7-13-2019: I was talking to my husband about the yellow finches and he casually mentioned to me that they’re called ‘Goldfinches’ . So, I thought I should update this post with the right name in case someone might want to research them further. 😉
We decided not to hang hummingbird feeders up this year. Then, the other day, whilst we sat on the back porch enjoying a nice early evening breeze, a female Ruby Throated hummingbird flew in and hovered in the exact spot that we hung the feeders in years past.
Seeing the angelic beauty searching for food, made us feel guilty that we hadn’t hung a feeder out yet. So, we went in the house and got the feeder out of storage. My husband fixed a batch of sugar water and then filled the feeder. We went outside and he hung it up. It didn’t take the hummingbird but a few minutes to be on it feeding.
In the following days, there were more hummers visiting the feeders. They buzz and chitter and tease each other. They’re such fun to watch. It’s also fun to see how the feeder looks at different angles; the first photo is my view sitting on the porch looking up at the sky, this second feeder photo is my view of the same feeder from my kitchen window.
*hummingbird animation ©joysofcreating
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!
There’s a Big Beautiful Turkey Hen that’s been hanging around our garden and yard.We noticed that she likes to eat the Meadow Buttercups that grows sporadically in our yard.Since we discovered she likes them, my husband leaves the little batches of Meadow Buttercups if he sees them when he’s mowing. We feel that there’s something in them that the turkey needs or she wouldn’t eat every one of them she finds.We’re hoping the big beautiful hen has a big flock of cute little poults in the next month or so.
I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!