Saturday, March 8, 2014
My poinsettia has lost a lot of leaves from the bottom but it is still alive. I have a hard time keeping them alive in the house in the soil that they are planted. I don't think it is totally soilless but it is hard to know how much to water them. If the soil was normal I could feel it and know if it is dry. I don't want to replant it just yet and put it in real dirt because it will lose the color petals on top. I just hope I can keep it going one more month and then I will replant it.
I had an inquiry about my previous post about the birds behaviors at my feeder. I did some research on the subject matter that I was uncertain about and didn't want to write off of the top of my thinning haired head.
Friday, March 7, 2014
The behaviors of birds that I have observed vary per kind of bird. The downy and the redbellied woodpeckers do not share any space on the suet feeder. The downy pair do yield when the redbellied shows up to eat. Juncos don't like to share their space with each other. Juncos push others away and stay at least 8 inches or more from each other while feeding. The junco will sit all around the feeder and wait its turn at the feeder. Sparrows just don't care who is around. They will eat shoulder to shoulder without any problem. They will sneak in and eat next to a junco as long as they stay a distance from the junco. The white breasted nuthatch isn't picky with who they eat with as they don't stick around long enough to know who they are next to at the feeder. They fly in quickly and take off immediately once they secure a seed.
The cardinals eat separately. A male and a female can eat at the feeder together, one at each level. Cardinals wait their turn and fly in quickly to pick up one sunflower seed and then fly off to eat it on a branch of a tree or bush. The sparrows prefer eating on the ground but do like a huge pile of seed. The starlings of course come in with large numbers and flood the feeder. They even eat cat food at the automatic feeder by our porch door. They leave a mess while they eat, dirty birds. The morning doves and Eurasian doves haven't been around for quite a while but they will be back in the spring and summer to eat on the tabletop of the feeder. They will feed all summer if I keep something in the trays. The purple finch rarely comes to my feeder and hopefully the kestral never returns to feed on the birds.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I need to shovel my walk. The only outside person who uses the gate is the person who reads the gas meter. They usually wait until the snow is almost gone or they make an estimate for the month and will read it next month. It all averages out so we pay no matter what. One of our weather persons admitted a few days ago that he goes out and measures snowfall on objects when it is a fresh snow like what you are seeing piled up on the planter and fountain.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
This is a random shot of a future frame job. They are E bonds sold by the United States back in 1944 to help to pay for things as we went into the war. I am not so sure they are worth very much but I think the owner thinks there more valuable as keepsakes rather than money. I had to think about the dark lines for a moment but the sun was shining through the side door and the window is causing the design.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Inside the room it isn't extremely warm but it is better than -12 degrees F. outside. The cold burns your face while you are out there and then it stings once you get into the warm indoors.
I have three of the hardy geraniums in bloom right now. They aren't robust but they are very much alive. I have had to water them more than usual as the dry air of the house because of the furnace really dries out the soil. Our humidifier doesn't begin to stay with the dry air.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Waiting for the starlings to get off of his feeder. It snowed most of the day yesterday and they all were taking turns to get to the feeder. Finally he rushed the feeder and the starlings went flying.
He is really fluffed out to keep warm. I haven't seen him at the feeder for a long time but the smell of new sunflower seeds brought him in to eat. A squirrel came in to chase him away a little later so I had to intervene to keep the creatures all under control.