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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

birds in my backyard

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cardinal egg 008 wren house 011

I have a cardinal nesting in my backyard in a climbing hydrangea vine. I noticed the nest because there was a pale blue egg with lots of brown speckles on the ground. It had a small hole in it (the size of a wren's beak) and was empty. I looked above and found the female cardinal sitting on her nest. Since I found the nest (last week), she has been faithfully sitting - so I think she has laid more eggs.

There is also a pair of wrens are in a bird house by the garden in my side yard. The female wren is spending a lot of time in the house, so I assume she has eggs or chicks even by now. The male sings to her often.

The sparrows in the back bird house had peeping chicks that I heard last week, but I think something may have happened to them (wren?). The parents are still tending house though, so either the kids are just quiet or they have a new brood on the way.

I have seen a catbird and robin in the yard often and I keep watching to see where their nests are. How many bird nests can fit in one tiny yard? I think they have nests up in the neighboring trees though and just come to my yard for water.

I did see a bluish warbler the other day in my waterfall and got a photo (below). Maybe someone can tell me what type of bird this was.

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Blogger . . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

How lucky you are!!!

May 31, 2011 8:39 PM

Blogger darkandlight said...

I think it might be a cerulean warbler. Looked similar to the picture in my audubon guide.

May 31, 2011 9:56 PM

Blogger Green Tamarind said...

Looks to me more like a black-throated blue warbler. There's only one white wing bar down low, and the cerulean has 2 bars.

May 31, 2011 10:17 PM

Blogger kathy said...

The robins fledged this morning. There were two awkward chicks with spotted reddish bellies. The parents kept close tabs.

June 01, 2011 1:23 AM

Blogger Vanessa said...

How exciting! This year I have really been noticing the birds. We have a blue jay and cardinal that live on our street, I enjoy watching both of them often!

June 01, 2011 4:44 PM

Blogger Heidi said...

Def a black headed blue warbler. Nice picture of the birdhouse. Gardens and birds work well together! The only time I heard otherwise was regarding some finches who ate pea plants.

June 01, 2011 9:30 PM

Blogger Matron said...

How wonderful! The types of birds you get in the US are very different to ours. I look forward to following their progress.

June 02, 2011 2:00 PM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

I have lots of catbirds this year. You can never have too many elegant catbirds.

June 02, 2011 9:04 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

black-throated blue warbler

June 06, 2011 8:15 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I third the btb warbler!

June 15, 2011 12:15 PM


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