Tuesday, February 23, 2016
It doesn't take much to make me happy. As you might guess from the title of my blog, birds make me very happy. About 10 years ago we met a Blue Bird lover who mentored us on being Blue Bird landlords. There is a little to know in attracting them, which includes a diligence in protecting them.
I snapped this picture a couple of weeks ago looking from my kitchen window to the bathroom window where I caught a pair, possibly seeking warmth sitting on the sill. One of the four blue bird houses we have in the pond area is on the side of the house next to this window. It's hard to know if this pair is actually the pair that called our yard home last year giving us the pleasure of watching two families mature and leave the nest. I think they might be because they seem to favor the same house that last year's pair used. We used to think the Blues migrated in the winter, but a few years ago I spotted one at our feeders and put meal worms in the meal worm feeder. I was blessed to see so MANY Blues visit all winter long. I always wonder if they are the babies that were raised in our houses.
Even though we are waiting for another blast of cold...REALLY cold weather including 10 inches of snow, the Evil English Sparrows seem to be building their nests. And so our Blue Bird protection begins. It seems a little early, so maybe Phil the rodent out in PA was right and we will have an early Spring. Gosh, I hope so.
And MORE good news. For about the past 5 or 6 years Terry has insisted that we put a heater in the fish pond. It's what the experts say to do. The experts that SELL heaters say it is a MUST. Terry swears it doesn't cost much but I am not buying it. Last fall we had a huge die off of his beloved Koi leaving only large goldfish. I asked him if we could omit the heater this year. He leaves the finances to me and with increased medication expenses I needed to cut costs. I (and he) know our pond is deep enough to sustain the fish in a normal temp winter. During the past week we have had a couple of 40 degree and even 60 degree days. The ice on the pond melted. Yesterday our fish were leisurely swimming just below the water surface. I am happy to have those guys survive. I don't really care to restock the Koi. Hopefully Terry will feel the same way when the water garden shops open!
It doesn't take much to make me happy!!