The Bee Hive

Sometimes it's honey; sometimes it's sting...

Saturday, April 10, 2010


I have a new interest now...just what I needed. *wink* Chuck moved the bird bath from the cottage and it's now situated just outside the living room window, so I can check it throughout the day, when I am not occupied elsewhere. I was surprised to find that I became very interested in this casual form of birdwatching. After a few days, I recovered an unused journal to be my "Nature Notebook" of sorts.
Almost each day, I write down what birds I saw around the birdbath, what the weather was like and anything notable about what's growing or blooming. Yesterday evening, I saw something I had never seen before, except in Viva Pinata (a video game) - a bird - mockingbird to be exact - ate a flower, completely. In three bites it completely ate a fully blooming buttercup (evening primrose, to be precise) blossom! Then it moved on to another one, and snarfed it down too, before flying off.
This is the view from the recliner. Three sparrows stopped by this afternoon. In the background, you can see a strip of yard, covered with (waning) wildflowers that I didn't let Chuck mow - yellow dandelions, that look white in this photo, buttercups, long purple flowers that I am not sure of the name, and quite a few other kinds.
To my little journal, I have also added one of Margaret Moser's columns about area wildflowers and one of Adrian Jackson's columns about the 'Angel of Goliad', from a recent Bee-Picayune newspaper. ...So, it will be sort of a 'nature-and-history' journal, I guess.
Here is the book I use for identifying (or trying to!) the birds. Most that I have noticed have been house sparrows, chirping (or maybe vesper) sparrows and mockingbirds. But Wednesday morning, there was a gorgeous golden-fronted woodpecker there for quite a while.
There are soooo many birds around our house, but most don't seem to stop at the birdbath. Maybe I should add a birdfeeder near it. Chuck is ready for hummingbirds with both of his feeders full in the front yard.

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