Blue birds have been flocking to the bird bath around 5 – 6 pm. Can say with certainty that there is success with bringing the bluebird back to this environment with boxes for them to nest in. Have a couple of bluebird boxes made by the local bluebird society, but have several boxes made by my Dad hanging on fence posts and trees.
Here in central Indiana we went from really wet and cool (well cold for me) to really hot. That’s Indiana.
Working on getting a couple of really neglected flower beds cleaned out. Everything salvagable transferred to other beds and the weeds mowed down for now and once I get them all cleaned out, will be re-grading the area and planting it back in grass. I know that sounds counter productive for the wildlife habitat, but this body just isn’t able to keep up with it all anymore. We will be salvaging most of it, just have to get it under control. It’s not looking very pretty right now.
I do have a lot of common milkweed growing where it shouldn’t be growing, but, will leave it alone and deal with that in the fall.
We have lots of bunny rabbits, and squirells running around to watch. In fact a squirell has built a nest in a tree limb close to the window in upstairs window so I have been able to observe the building process.
Terry & I (well mostly Terry) cut a lot of limbs and some trees down that were getting in the way of some White Oak trees.
Terry pushing the leftovers onto the brush pile
a panorama view of the back of the property
The trees we planted in 2002 are finally getting tall enough to see them above the grasses we let grow. this is also one of two large brush piles we have in the back.
What brought the camera out on this day of work is this swarm of bees on one of the walnut trees.
bees on the trunk of the walnut tree
As close as I'm getting even with the 300mm lens
Below are just a few of other photos I have taken since the middle of May.
Blue false indigo
It’s been wet and busy. We are just now getting some areas mowed due to water. Finally have had some 70 degree days! I have been moving plants in one bed to condense it and will seed part of it with grass again. Just can’t keep up with the larger beds. Never fear, I have enough spaces to properly save everything. Here is the visual journey thus far in May:
This is maintained in a “bush” habit by Terry spending a lot of time trimming during the growing season. Ahhh the fragrance!
old pole barn with sides removed aka the shelter house
I spend a lot of time here resting, observing and having my camera ready. It is very rustic
Red Oak leaves unfolding
Was really excited to see a squirell nest in the top of the tree in the front yard. How wonderful to be able to watch Momma and her three offspring explore and play in the tree.
Male Bluebird with dinner
female Bluebird entering nestbox
I hope you are enjoying the journey. Please feel free to leave comments.