Friday, July 17, 2015
We noticed a baby sparrow hanging around our feeders. First he was walking around under them, harassing the dogs, daring them to get in trouble for lunging at him from the inside of the patio door screen. That was going on for a couple of days. On this particular morning I woke up to pouring rain and there was that little bird, huddled on the feeder. Whenever we went outside, he would fly up to the tree. He seemed to fly OK so it was kind of strange for him to be hugging that feeder all the time. He even scared off other birds including my beloved Cardinals. I drew the line at that and would scare him away.
Then, I didn't see him for a couple of days. We have had a Hawk hanging around. The other day when the Hawk came in the birds flew off. I found a dead sparrow on the porch. I don't know if the bird hit the window when the Hawk came, or if maybe it was that little bird. He didn't look sick, but maybe he was.
This is one of our Blue Bird houses located on the fence by the fish pond. We have been trying to work in that area. I wanted to plant the lily that I bought recently along the fence. There is a walk way between the fence and the pond. There are 4 or 5 baby birds in that house. While I was taking a rest on a bench by the pond, we watched the father bird come and go bringing food to the babies. I don't know how long the mother sat there with a bug in her mouth, never going to the nest to give it to a waiting, chirping baby. We try to limit time spent in that area, especially now that the babies are almost ready to leave the nest.
There is something about Bluebirds that make them special to us. Perhaps it's because we actually made our area friendly to them. We coaxed them to breed here by enticing them with meal worms, shelter and plenty of water. We guard them as best we can from the Evil Sparrows. I can't tell you how many times I have scared off the sparrows from trying to get into the nest to throw the babies out. The blues never fly away when we do it and we like to think they know we love them.
We have had a couple of really good weather days which have been perfect for working outside. This weekend should be really hot and humid. The pond area is shaded in the morning so I'll be out there as soon as I can. I'm excited to work out there because things are coming together nicely, even though slowly. We put a deck out by the pond and I want to get it cleaned this weekend so I can stain it as soon as the humidity subsides. Gosh, I love 80 degree summer days!!