This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

watching for spring birds

white throated sparrow

They are finally arriving! Last year I saw bluebirds in the meadow by the gardens on April 11, so I'm watching for flashes of blue.

The birds I saw yesterday include a few spring migrants and a lot of NE residents: white-crowned sparrow, eastern phoebe, red-winged blackbirds, lots of American robins, one lonely cold tree swallow, chickadees, nuthatch, downy woodpecker, ring-necked pheasant (no visual), starlings, and blue jays.

The fields and woods are still bare and brown. But if you look close, small grass shoots are coming up, leaf buds are ready to pop. As I wrote a few weeks later last year, "Once it starts, spring comes fast". Today will be 60*F! and I bet this will move things along.

white throated sparrow 2 skippy inthe woods
april field

garden birds (Hortus Aves)



Anonymous Blossom said...

Beautiful birds! I love birds. I wish there are many different kinds of birds in my garden but there are only a few. I love their chirpping sounds.

April 09, 2009 10:12 AM

Blogger Urban Environmentalist said...

Beautiful bird pictures. Do you know of any good resources on making a "bird garden" one that is alluring to birds?????

April 09, 2009 10:50 AM

Blogger Laura said...

Skippy looks like he's thinking,"Come on, Mom, quit taking pictures and catch up!"

Nice pictures!

April 09, 2009 3:24 PM


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