This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

May evening on the patio

Happy Thursday!

This photo of our back patio is from last Friday evening. We are having many nice days for enjoying the outside. The bleeding hearts (dicentra), viburnums, violets and lamium are in full bloom.

No fresh veggies from my garden on the grill yet, but that will come.

I checked the chickadee box just to the upper left of this photo and she is in there and doing a good job of tending eggs, I assume. Since I haven't seen any birds near the box in a week, I knocked on it. No response. So I started to open the latch in the back and she flew out. They have built a beautiful deep nest inside, layered with all different materials and lots of soft fuzz on top. Too much fluff to see what was inside. (There are great photos of chickadee nests here.)

On April 27 I noticed that the chickadee pair were building their nest, bringing moss and grasses. A few days later they brought fluff and fuzz. Maybe around May 1 she probably started laying eggs. The female lays one egg a day for about a week. On May 8, I noticed she was staying in the box and the male was bringing her food. Chickadees incubate their eggs for 12-13 days once all the eggs are laid. If she started incubating around May 7, then the eggs should hatch around May 19-20. Then the parents will feed them for 16 days and the chicks will fledge on Friday June 5.

It seems like a long process!

I am thinking maybe I should put a wren guard on the box. I will listen for the wrens, which often come to our yard and are very aggressive. I have become quite fond of the quiet little chickadees.

my back patio

more backyard patio photos


Blogger Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Your patio looks beautiful! I didn't realize the chickadees lay eggs for a week - very interesting info! We've got one nesting in the birdhouse in our yard too. -Jackie

May 14, 2009 10:39 PM

Blogger Dan said...

That pretty cool that you have chickadees nesting. We have a few bird houses in the back and I watched a chickadees coming in and out of one last summer. No activity this spring though.

May 14, 2009 11:13 PM

Blogger Mrs. Darling said...

Birds and gardens; I could talk about them forever! I just want to say how much I love your blog!

May 15, 2009 2:23 AM

Blogger hip chick said...

A lovely spot to sit and enjoy the fruit's of your labor.

May 15, 2009 5:34 AM


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