Belated Bloom Day - April 17, 2013
Sprigs and Shoots

Mr. Bluebird

Mr. BluebirdWhen birds come to visit the garden it is a welcome sojourn but when they call the garden their home it is a high compliment. The above bluebird may still just be inspecting this house but the flutter of intense blue is as welcome as the first flowers of spring. Two BirdsThis house has been inhabited before but not by bluebirds. Bluebirds prefer a house facing an open field and while this just faces an expanse of lawn edged with a garden, it may suit his needs. Bluebirds are insectivores during the nesting season and need an open space in which to find food. I would welcome this natural pest service and hope to have a family in residence. DSC_0039I have also noticed a female cardinal at the feeder each day. Today as I closed the gate to the vegetable garden I roused the cardinal from her nest in the ambitious Dutchman's Pipe vine. Dutchman's Pipe on FenceThe nest is well hidden from view. It is in the densest part of the vine and between the two posts on the right of this picture. I could see two eggs which were grayish white with spots. The excitement of spring is usually in the unfolding flowers of the day but there is so much more excitement here this year with the nesting birds. At least the cardinal has put her stamp of approval on the garden. I will try to get a picture of the eggs in the coming days. I don't want to scare her though. Do you have birds nesting in your garden and, if so, what kind?