Oh my, how quickly the lovely season of Spring disappears here in the southeast.
The sweet pansies and violas who brought color to the freezing days
of Winter, then stood tall through springtime in both pots and flower beds,
(mine actually self-seeded into the beds like magic this year), are just about over
now the days are hot and often very humid.
Carolina chickadee with spider.
Bird life in the garden has been extremely busy this Spring.
Amazing goings on in this hanging Boston fern where the pair of House finches
raised their offspring with the help of a Carolina chickadee, had us glued to the
dining room window, and me on a step stool every day with a camera!
The three together - can't believe I actually caught a photo of this visit - parent
finches and the chickadee.
Only two of the four eggs hatched - this was the last baby to leave the nest,
several hours after the first one fledged. The chickadee persuaded it to go,
enticing it out with juicy snacks while the parents were apparently minding the
other one. The chickadee actually returned for several days afterward as if
checking on the remaining unhatched eggs, very unusual.
Finch nest in the hanging Boston fern on front porch.
Brown thrasher watching its nest.
The baby cardinals left their nest in the back garden last week, and I did see one
fly off with its mother but didn't have a camera handy.
We still have another nest with hatchlings in the garden - a Brown thrasher pair built
a twiggy home in the large privet for their family. They are both busy now bringing
tasty morsels but because it's just too high - and I don't want to disturb them by putting
up a ladder - I can't see into the nest so don't know how many babes there are.
Summer will be here all too soon for me.
Hot now, much hotter then.
Baby birds will hopefully be sturdy and healthy to deal with the blazing sun.
We'll be traveling north soon where hopefully it will still be much cooler.