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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Baby #Robin Eggs Hatched ~ #Tragedy Follows...

Baby Robin Eggs & Hatchlings
~ Part 2 ~ 

Well just as I expected, the baby Robins hatched and then disappeared. I have a feeling the Starlings heard the new babies and in less than 6 hours they were gone. All that was left in the nest was one little pretty solitary blue Robin egg. Plenty of family members told me I need to eliminate the Starling hatchlings so this doesn't continue. I can not do that. One I feel it's interfering in the natural ways of life and the life cycle of the birds, and the other reason is, they are babies too. They may grow up to be complete A-holes, but when I look at them now, although kind of ugly, they are cute little baby birds, innocent of their parents actions.


The picture above is after two of the Robin babies hatched. About 5 hours later, my husband went to check on them to see if anymore hatched, but what we saw was a single solitary egg left in the nest. It was so disappointing I forgot to even take a pic. The next day, we checked on the nest to see if the last egg was still there, had hatched or if it had also met it's doom. We saw a little tiny baby Robin, just barely hatched with a tiny piece of the shell still on it's little body.



We continued to check on it every couple hours and into the next day. Mama came and went, and there seemed to be no issues. Why or how this little one managed to be able to stay safe for so long we don't know. However, unfortunately, this morning we took a peek to see how all was going and we found an empty nest.

The Starling babies however are thriving very well and a couple have even ventured from their nest...
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Walk Through My Yard ~ #Spring in Bloom!

Spring in Bloom
~ May 2014 ~

I just wanted to share a few of my favorite pics from the walks around my yard the last couple weeks. I am constantly taking pics of my flowers budding and blooming, but I always forget to post them.. So here are a few and I hope you enjoy!!




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Friday, May 9, 2014

New Nest of Beautiful Blue Robin Eggs in Pine Tree!! ~ #Spring #Robin #Eggs

Robin Eggs
~ Picture Taken May 8th 2014 ~

Last year I found a nest of Robin Eggs and was taking weekly and sometimes daily pictures of their growth process from egg to hatchling and was hoping to watch them until they spread their wings and flew away.

It seemed fine and mama never seemed to upset with me. But one weekend we went away for 5 days and when I came back the nest had been attacked. We still are not sure how or what, but our suspicions are either raccoon or these Starlings we have. They are like black birds with deep dark shiny blue necks.

Well yesterday while mowing my husband was going past the pine tree beside our driveway and he said it sounded like the whole tree was alive with all the chirping. Upon further inspection he realized there was a nest of Starling hatchlings. But... then as he walked around the tree to see if there were more, he came across a nest of Robin Eggs. He took a picture to show me, in case I wanted to photograph their process like I did last year. Of course I want too!! However I have another concern...



My other concern is that they are sharing a tree with the Starling hatchlings. Starlings are mean to the Robins. They chase them out and away from my feeders. To the point that I usually shoo the Starlings whenever I see them because it makes me mad that they are bullies! I am terrified that once the Robin babies hatch, the Starlings will harm them. I know I can't move the Robin nest, although I wish I could, and the Starlings I would never even attempt, they were so agitated by my husband taking a pic of the Robin Eggs, that one, then two then before we knew it, five Starlings started diving towards him and squawking and making a huge raucous over him being near their babies.

I don't think I am going to have to much luck photographing these babies or eggs, but at least I can share this pic with you for now. Enjoy.. I will keep you all updated on the babies!!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

I had a thought... #Random #Ramblings

I had a thought...


So many things going on these days, that sometimes I can't seem to think straight or focus. As I was sitting here today, I had a thought, I can't remember. It was such a weird moment. It's like I thought it, felt it, seen it, then it disappeared and I can't remember it at all.

But... It made me feel some kind of way, I can't explain. It's like I had this sense of urgency, calm, chaos, tranquility all at the same time. Extremely intense feeling of fight or surrender.

But why? For what? For or from whom?? 

Just another one of those random rambling of chaotic confusion that runs through my head on daily basis. This is my anxiety! The fear of the unknown, the fear of the known.

I had a thought, I can't remember..
It made me feel some kind of way
I can't explain, or surrender...
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Monday, June 3, 2013

June is National Fresh Fruit and Veggies Month!!

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month


I didn't even know there was such a thing. But since I have just recently put in my small veggie garden I figured I would show some pics!!

I have Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cyenne Peppers, Green Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Yellow Tomatoes, Zucchini....

I got a great deal on the potting and planting soils. One of my local stores had a cart full of different name brand, sizes and kinds of soils in a cart marked 50% off the sale prices due to either rips or tears in the bags. I ended up with over 200lbs of different soils for under $20!! However that still wasn't enough.

We headed out to our local hardware/garden supply store to see what sales they had going. They had some great sales, but we noticed off to the side there were pallets of other soils with no price. We decided we would check on that before making our purchase. Good thing, apparently because they were last years left over stock they had been reduced tremendously if you purchased a larger quantity. (20) Twenty Pound bags for $15!! (400lbs) It ended up equaling 75 cents a bag for potting soil. I mean really is there that much of a difference from last years dirt to this years dirt??

The first thing we did, was take all the different soils and mix them as best we could in a huge bucket I use for yard work and clean up.

My husband then built a make shift raised garden bed from left over boards we had from pallets we got for free, from a shop that was closing, for us to put the soils in. Our ground is very gravely and it makes it hard for planting a garden. By creating a raised bed we were able to loosen up the dirt under the raised bed, then added all the top soils, planting soils and potting soils together to create a great atmosphere for our plants to thrive!
 

We are new to garden planting because we have never had any luck in past years and never seemed to have the time or energy to build raised beds. This year I decided I was going to make the time and see how it goes. We started very simple and cheap to see if we can make this work.

If all goes well and were able to actually produce some fruits from our labor, next year we plan to build bigger and better.


Wish Us Luck!!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Robin Hatchlings ~ 8 Days Old ~ Last Photo

Robin Babies 8 Days Old

I took this  pic Friday afternoon
~ 5/24/2013 ~


Saturday Morning I took pictures of them at 9 days old but they all turned out a little blurry. Was a cold morning right before we left for camp, since I knew I wouldn't be here Sunday at all and didn't know what time Monday I would be home.

We got home Monday around 3 in the afternoon and the very first thing I did before even unloading our junk, was go check on the babies.

The nest had been attacked and was empty. I found one of the babies on the ground. The others were no were to be seen. We are thinking either a stray cat may have found them or maybe a raccoon.

Very sad day...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Birds Gone Crazy!!!

Oriole and Cardinal
What are they thinking?

Last week I had an Oriole trying to get in my house. She kept smacking into the window, and pecking at the screen. When I would walk near it, she flew away. Thinking she was done, I sat back in my chair and a few minutes later I hear this tapping sound.. I immediately look at the same window, but nothing was there.

I attempted to ignore it but it got louder, as I look across the living room, there is that Oriole again, at my front window... She did this for 4 days straight, trying to get in through the window and climbing up my screens. I still have no idea what she wanted. 
 
Oriole trying to get in my window..
I believe that is mama Robin in back...

This week as my kids and I were watching T.V. in the early evening hours, I had our front door open to let in the cool breeze. I saw something moving from the corner of my eye and there sitting right in the doorway of our home was a male Cardinal. It shocked me and I jumped, scaring the little guy away before I could get the words out for my kids to look. 
The next morning my husband is yelling for me to come look at something.. I run out to the livingroom to see what the fuss is about and there is a male Cardinal sitting on our porch inches from the door again. I immediately closed the front door, as he has already proved he is not afraid to come inside, even if it was only 5 inches. 

Well apparently I underestimated the little guy, because the 3rd day my  husband doesn't yell for me, he comes and gets me, and tells me to walk slowly to the kitchen he wants to show me something..

This is what I saw...

Cardinal in my kitchen window....
 Mr. Cardinal  had come in through the front door and was trying to go out the kitchen window. We pushed the screen out from the inside and my husband gave him a little nudge to go out the back window. 

I have no idea what the fascination is with our home, but apparently the birds think there's something...


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Robin Hatchlings 7 Days Old

Robin Hatchlings Update

7 Days Old..
7 Days: Eyes Are Open.. No sign of little one :(
7 Days: Sleepy Birds...
7 Days: Peaceful...
7 Days: Just as I was about to walk away....
 *Not sure if the little one is still in there or not. I looked all around the area to see if Mama might  have kicked it out of the nest, but no signs... 
Guess I will be checking daily to see  if I can spot it..