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.

Monday, June 06, 2011

baby birds and rabbits

robin 162

My backyard has squeaking and peeping sounds all the time now! There are chicks in the sparrow and wren houses. And a hungry fledgeling robin is often in the yard.

I'm working now on my back patio and a fledgeling robin just landed in the chair next to me. Very sweet.

The wrens are bringing food to their house, so maybe they have chicks that have just hatched.

And I got out a ladder this afternoon and took a peek into the cardinal nest. She has one speckled egg in there. I figure this is about day 11 of incubation, so the egg should hatch very soon. That will be exciting since that nest is so close to the patio.

rabbit 114

I also came across a couple baby bunnies today. They were in my garden nibbling on the violets and dill. After I took a few photos of them, I mentioned it to Skippy and he ran out to check on them. That got rid of them.... but not before they ate all of my kale!

rabbit-eaten kale 150


Anonymous Roberta said...

I think the robin photo is my favorite. It's so pretty and really, a very nice photo. Have fun in the garden!

June 07, 2011 10:54 PM

Anonymous Alan said...

I've just had to keep my cats indoors for 3 days as there's a blackbird fledging very slowly in my garden. Cats are going wild!

Yesterday, found Dylan (my big fat cat!) sat on a pigeon's nest (after scaring away the pigeon!) AND there was an egg underneath him!

Wish I'd got a photo of it - priceless!


June 08, 2011 8:30 AM

Blogger Jody said...

So sorry about the kale; would you consider a soup with ingredients that include both kale and rabbit? I know they will both freeze nicely 'till winter.

June 08, 2011 9:33 PM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

I have baby grackles. My deck at the feeders sounds like a collection of rusty hinges.

June 09, 2011 11:17 AM

Blogger ZZ said...

Isn't the neatest thing how new things come out in spring.


June 09, 2011 9:51 PM

Blogger MUDNYC said...

Those bunnies are lucky they are so cute.

June 10, 2011 9:29 AM

Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Hi there, I look forward to the Gnome's appearance as Gardener-in-chief! We have a baby robin feeding outside our workshop, so cute. Missed being able to keep up with your journal our computer had decided it needed to retire!

June 11, 2011 4:17 AM


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