Friday, May 02, 2008

Birds I Have Seen Lately

Yesterday I saw a pair of Summer Tanagers for the first time ever! Aren't they pretty?

I have seen the Eastern Bluebird (male) more frequently lately and heard it's call. I haven't seen the female at all. I love their blue color.

Every day we enjoy watching a pair of Downy Woodpeckers that live in a partially dead tree in the front yard. We had planned to cut the tree down, but now that we know they are nesting there we will leave it be. They are sweet birds and so little!

"A bird does not sing because it has as answer. It sings because it has a song."
~ Chinese proverb


Lady Laurie said...

We have a bird feeder where we can birdwatch from our family room. I love bluebirds and especially the little chicadees.

Here are some instructions on the cat grass...I got ours from our vet.

Things You’ll Need:
Wheat berries (found at healthy food stores)
Container (low profile about 4 to 6 in. deep)
Soil formulated for edible vegetation (preferably organic)
Dark closet
Sunlit space
How to Grow Cat Grass
Step1Soak 2 tbsp. of wheat berries in room temperature water for 6 to 8 hours. Do not soak longer to keep wheat from developing mold.
Step2Fill the container with soil, almost to the top. Lightly water Distribute wet seeds evenly over soil. Cover seeds with 1/4 inch of soil. Lightly water again.
Step3Cover container with plastic. Place it in a dark place (like a closet). Check daily to make sure the soil stays moist.
Step4Once you can see grass growing, remove plastic and place plant in sunny place like a windowsill. Within a week or so, the grass should be ready for your cat!

joan said...

Hi Tracy,

You have some pretty birds in your area. We have alot of redbirds in Ohio and they are really pretty. Love your new banner, it's so pretty.

Sandcastle Momma said...

The tanagers are beautiful! I've never seen any around here but we did see an Eastern Bluebird for the first time last year. We have a woodpecker that spends his days hammering away at the tree in our backyard. That tree has so many holes in it now that I don't know how it survives LOL