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.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

garden birds

tree swallow 3

It was so noisy at the community gardens yesterday evening! Every kind of bird was singing at the top of his lungs. The gold finches almost flew into me in their play. I did my best to focus on my planting chores, but hard with such commotion. Not clear photos, but here are my best: tree swallow, gold finch, ring necked pheasant and a chickadee.

gold finch ring necked pheasant
chickadee swallow on post
garden birds (Hortus Aves)



Blogger Cynthia said...

I always LOVE your photos. :)

May 05, 2009 11:45 AM

Blogger Mrs. Finch said...

oooooooh!!! Are there really pheasants down at the gardens?! I saw the Tree Swallows the last few weekends, and I saw a gold finch in our backyard Sunday morning, but a Pheasant would be a real treat!

May 05, 2009 12:12 PM

Blogger kathy said...

It is the first time I have seen the pheasant, though I often hear his call from across the field.

May 05, 2009 11:29 PM

Blogger Mrs. Finch said...

Is the pheasant the one that goes "WAAK WAAK" every 10 minutes or so? I get to used to hearing that all day every so often, when I get home I expect to hear it.

May 05, 2009 11:39 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes. That's the male pheasant. I think Margo at Garden Misadventures said she named him Frank, because it sounds like he's that's what he's yelling.

The males call during breeding season (March to August) to define their territory and attract females. Females are quiet and are probably nesting now.

I was surprised to see how big the male is. Almost like a wild turkey.

May 06, 2009 9:49 AM

Anonymous Susan said...

Great pictures thanks for sharing!

May 06, 2009 11:20 AM


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