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.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

bird sightings

I've seen some wonderful birds this week. American Woodcock, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Eastern Bluebird and the first Baltimore Orioles were at the garden this week.

The woodcock was a real treat. I saw this bird at dusk, just as we finished assigning the last plots at 8:30 last week. He settled down in the mowed grass, looking like a misplaced shorebird the size of a robin. Too bad I didn't have my camera with me, but don;t know if I could have gotten a good shot anyway. (next time....)



Blogger Q said...

Never seen one of those before.

May 12, 2010 10:22 AM

Blogger Alyse said...

When my parents started dating in the seventies, one of their economical dates was watching woodcocks do their mating show.
Quite a site they've told me. :)

May 12, 2010 11:27 AM

Anonymous Window On The Prairie said...

I've seen orioles in our yard lately. Hope they decide to nest here again. We had our first salad from our garden last night. I was so excited I did a blog post. Woo hoo!

May 12, 2010 11:41 AM

Anonymous Kathy M said...


May 12, 2010 1:15 PM

Anonymous Houston Prenuptial Agreement Attorney said...

Very nice capture. Excellent bird.

May 12, 2010 3:22 PM

Blogger Zucchinimom said...

Our screen door is broken so it kind of flaps in the wind. Upon going on a run, I saw birds nesting on a wreath hanging on my front door!!! Incredible!!! Love your pics!!! Aren't birds lovely?!!

May 12, 2010 10:24 PM

OpenID Pam Phillips said...

Neat! And here I'm getting excited by cardinals and blue jays.

May 13, 2010 9:56 AM

Blogger florence said...

I love your garden you make it seem so effortless. I will love to visit your garden and learn from you please. Florence

May 13, 2010 6:52 PM

Blogger Dan said...

That is a cool bird, never seen one of them before. We get Grosbeaks at our feeders every spring & summer. They are interesting to watch.

May 13, 2010 9:12 PM

Blogger SomedayFarmer said...

Oh the woodcocks are just the greatest. I've discovered two of them doin' their thang in different areas of the campus I live on. It's hard not to laugh when they start doing their peent call, they look so ridiculous. I took my sweetie on a date to watch one of them and she got as much of a kick out of them as I did. If yours wasn't making noise and displaying, it could be a female with a nest nearby...

Great blog, btw! As a beginner gardener, I've picked up some great hints from you!

May 14, 2010 4:44 PM


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