Birds in the Garden

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Comment by Bonnie Long/zn5/Wi. on October 19, 2014 at 7:24pm

Patricia, that is sad about loosing so many finches, the white crowned sparrows are so cute, we get them in the spring for several weeks, they flipped seed around and dig to find more.   They would eat under the feeders so none of the seed would go to waste.  You really had a dry summer out there.  

Comment by Patricia Mickelson/Z10/CA on October 19, 2014 at 4:39pm
I am so glad that the white crown sparrows have returned to Santa Barbara. I am enjoying watching them in my bird bath and throwing seed on the ground for them. I had such a tough summer with the house and purple finches. I would sometimes find 5 a week dead in my yard. I don't know if it was the drought or what. Some people were having trouble with ants so more poison may have been distributed and they got into that. All I know is that it was difficult to loose so many all summer long. We went on vacation in Sept. And I took my bird station down. I don't know if I will put it back up or not. I am enjoying the white crowns who seem to be made of sturdier stuff than the finches.
Comment by Bonnie Long/zn5/Wi. on October 19, 2014 at 1:56pm

Well the winter birds are starting to show up, guess snow is coming too sooner or later.  The birds are so hungry and are storing food.  It feels good to be out of the garden and watching the birds again. How is everyone doing?

Comment by Elizabeth Fowler on June 25, 2014 at 8:23am

Beth, I'm so glad to hear your on the mend, It feels so good to be back in the garden doesn't it. I have enjoed mine more this year than I don't know when.We have a small veggie garden too. Take care and don't over do . HugsElizabeth

Comment by Elizabeth Fowler on June 25, 2014 at 8:19am

I will scroll through there and look to see if I have any lightbulbs come on in my head. Thanks Bonnie.

Comment by Beth Knight on June 25, 2014 at 8:15am

Elizabeth, you are a member of the fairy group...just go thru the photos and you should have plenty of inspiration.  sounds like you have great ideas...just start and it will come. You will be surprised.

Comment by Elizabeth Fowler on June 25, 2014 at 8:05am

Beth, I feel better now than I have in 6 or 7 years. I've been adding a few things to the perrenials but can never seem to get around to dressing the areas w/the mulch.                                                               Speaking of Gnomes and Fairies I have 2 huge boxes I've collected over the years that I've been sick and now I want to get them out into the garden and I've lost my inspiration about where and how to place them. I wish I had a couple of you girls here to show me how to create what I'm looking for. I want to put it under my Maple tree on the side of my flower garden, I bought 2 Japanese painted ferns to work into the Gnomes somehow, I figured they need some kind of plants in their little village.any suggestions ? all suggestions welcome

Comment by Elizabeth Fowler on June 25, 2014 at 7:53am

Bonnie, the 12 in. stones look real good under the feeder ,must try that. Your squirrel baffle is the same kind of guard we use, it is so funny to watch the squirrels look so puzzled, it sure saves the seeds for the birds.

Comment by Beth Knight on June 25, 2014 at 7:51am

I like the look Bonnie...however with my birds they still can scatter the seeds to kingdom come!!! not to mention the squirrels.  But it does look nice. 

Comment by Beth Knight on June 25, 2014 at 7:50am

thanks Elizabeth...yes it is wonderful to be able to get back down on the ground....working on some fairy and gnome gardens which does require "getting down"...being careful still as it takes a while for everything to heal.  Both hips done now and feel like new. 


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