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Raspberry Picking is Dangerous Business 

We have wild black raspberries over the property. Very yummy ones, too. As they’re just ripening, I picked about almost a quart amidst angry robin threats. The wrens, catbirds and cardinals joined in the protest. In the middle of the best and easiest to pick bramble, I found the reason for the protest!


Three perfect blue eggs. 

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So Cute!

While we were on week’s vacation, the Eastern Phoebe babies grew fast. Each day they get fuzzier! We shut the door very carefully and go through the big door as much as possible, but my freezer is out there, so I have to use it quite a bit.

I have enjoyed watching them grow, but I will be glad when they fledge. I am so afraid of jostling them out of the nest with out difficult door!

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Blackberry Haven

 

Blackberry Patch

Blackberry Patch

We finally were able to work out cleaning up our blackberry patch on Saturday. I always forget to take before pictures, but remembered after this time! Husband weed-eated and mowed while I pulled up last year’s canes, raked the cut grass and trimmed some of this year’s canes back a little. We still have work to do on it, but made quite a bit of progress.

While doing this, husband found two nests with eggs. One was definitely a cardinal nest as we saw them fly in and out.  This nest contained three beautiful cream colored eggs with brown blotches.

The other nest was a chipping sparrow nest which contained four beautiful blue eggs with brown splotches on them.

Both pair of birds were very glad we were too tired to continue working!

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Spring House Cleaning

DSC_0487It looks like someone is trying to tell me that it is way past time to clean out the old nests from the wren house on the porch! I haven’t heard the wren yet this year, but it is obviously here! I don’t like this style of wren house – the slot to open and clean it out is way too small for all the sticks the wrens put in it.

Heard the screech owl whinnying this morning as I stepped out my door at 7. And when I left work at 3 this afternoon, a flock of Sandhill cranes flew over the parking lot! The day was sunny to cloudy and 38 degrees this afternoon.

Daughter saw a very small and very reddish squirrel in our back yard today.

Feeder watch & yard watch:DSC_0466

  • Crow
  • House Sparrows
  • Chickadees
  • Cardinals
  • House Finches
  • American Tree Sparrows
  • Juncos
  • Mourning doves
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Robins
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Birding at the Study

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On Saturday, I went with daughter to work to retrieve my car and do some birding at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. They have a Red-Shouldered Hawk pair nesting there in one of the trees. I saw one bird on the nest and moved slightly to see if the other was behind on a branch. Mind you, I was on the sidewalk quite a distance from them – about half the distance of the Study north to south. One of them flew straight for me! Of course, with the long lens on the camera, I had absolutely no chance of getting a photo! (Besides – I was making my way quickly back to the carriage house! To get my daughter and show it to her, yes, that’s why I was going quickly!!)

Also saw on the Study grounds:

  • Chickadees
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Cardinals
  • & heard some type of woodpecker

The afternoon before, I had snapped several pictures of one of them drinking out of a wading pool.

 

red-shouldered

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Tenants in the Blackberry Patch

DSC_0068I meant to post something last summer about the bird nests in my blackberry patch. But the demands of maintaining the patch and the garden keep me from having much time or energy left at the end of the day to do much blogging.

I planted 3 blackberry plants 21 years ago when we first moved to the property. They have now expanded to a patch about 25 by 35 feet which we have semi-tamed. At one point it was an impenetrable mess. Now we have rows in it that we can walk down to pick the berries fairly well.

DSC_0485The birds absolutely love the brambles as a place to build their nests. Last year at one point we had a mourning dove nest, 3 chipping sparrow nests, a cardinal nest, and a brown thrasher nest.

One year robins nested right on top of the fencepost and we came home from church and the Red-tailed Hawk was raiding the nest. The babies were all dead, but left in the nest for several days before they disappeared. The parents were frantic.DSC_0072

Having nests in the berries during the peak season is very difficult. The parents don’t appreciate it when I come by to pick. And it always seems that the biggest berries are just right around the nest!! But I am very careful not to go too close and to wait until the mother has flown off and quickly pick by them.

I am going to keep a better log this summer of the nests, dates etc.

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