Monthly Archives: May 2011
Take down your regular feeders, or whichever ones the grackles and/or starlings are guarding. In our case, we haven’t seen one finch at our black oil sunflower seed/suet feeder for at least a week. Replace the seed in your feeder … Continue reading
Last year we watched the Eastern phoebes fledge from our window ledge. This year, the female checked out last year’s nest but decided on a nest inside our garage. Perhaps the existence of the cat deterred her from her normal … Continue reading
One of my daughters started calling dandelions “wishflowers” a while back, I’m not sure when. But whenever I see them now, that’s how I call them. When I was a child I would make wishes on four-leaf clovers if they … Continue reading
I did not realize this was a male until I saw the flash of red. I sat outside near the feeder for a hour at sunset into dusk, and I saw the hummingbird visit the feeder 8-10 times. He was … Continue reading
Raccoon tracks spotted near the pond, May 7, 2011. Distinguishable because raccoons have five toes on each foot, they have a walking pattern that produces paired tracks, and they walk flat-footed.
Infamous for its insecticide resistance-building abilities. Overwinters as an adult 12-18 inches under soil in potato fields. Emerges in late spring, finds itself a potato plant, and mates.
Nests as of May 20, 2011 American robin – in rhubarb plant, 1 egg Eastern phoebe – in garage, 4 nestlings, 1 unhatched egg (hatched today or yesterday) Carolina wren – in garage, 5 eggs Baltimore oriole – in sugar … Continue reading