The bird bath waits for morning visitors.
View from the dining room window.
A few showers now and then have left the garden looking green and healthy this week.
The fig tree is getting gigantic. I swear the pruning I did has made it grow even
bigger this Spring. After the fruiting season (and it's loaded with tiny figs) it will
require another pruning once the leaves fall.
I'm heading out this morning to fertilize the veggies before rain arrives this afternoon.
The birds have been busy, many of the babies have fledged and are now 'learning the ropes' so to speak.
Some I see being fed by their parents.
Adult females - a Northern Cardinal and two House finches sharing the 'squirrel-proof' feeder.
FYI - yes this feeder really works by spinning the squirrels off without injuring
them if they attempt to feed, and of course they do! Expensive, but
very sturdy - we've had it at least two years, leave it up year-round, and have
only had to recharge the battery a few times. It also holds a lot of seed so obviously
doesn't require filling as often as smaller feeders, another plus.
Baby Northern cardinal.
No red bill yet but probably a female.
Baby House finch in the back garden - perhaps one of 'ours' recently fledged
from the front porch!
Brown thrasher on suet in the fig tree. Both male and female continue to
take food to the nest so there are still babies - I am guessing they will be
fledging any day now.
Below, I managed to get a shot of it in the privet where the nest is located - a
very quiet, private and cautious bird when nesting.
Juvenile Mockingbird in the fig tree - note a couple of tiny figs just
above its head.
above its head.
"Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?"
Well it's looking lush and green right now prior to the arrival of more really
hot weather - all next week in the high 90's predicted, phew!