Disappointingly, Eastern Bluebirds did not use my nest boxes this year. In fact they never even showed up to use my bird baths which were such a hit with them last year. Sure hope they are okay and just like it better elsewhere.
But this summer another little bird with a suit of blue frequented the baths. A male Indigo Bunting. I'm sure the female was here as well but unrecognized with her plumage of streaky brown.
|A male Indigo Bunting checking out the scene. |
|In shade, he'd look black but the sunlight paints a brighter colour.|
|He steps cautiously into the pool.|
|Ah-h-h, feels absolutely wonderful!!|
|Well, that was refreshing! Must come back soon!|
Since it was an extra hot summer, it was almost a full time job to keep my three bird baths clean and refilled.
|A Northern Flicker stops by to wet his whistle.|
|Dad and Junior Robin take a dip.|
|The metal bath is well used but not quite as popular.|
|A crowd of starlings quickly reduce the water level.|
On my last visit to a grocery store, one of my impulse buys was a box of tulip bulbs. In the Spring they should produce a cheerful bouquet for the table.
|Bulbs from a grower in Holland to my flower border.|
|I tacked a net over them to thwart skunks, squirrels and a certain cat.|
|Wild asters contrast nicely beside a pot of nasturtiums.|
|Ellie Mae's favourite hobby is catching and eating mice.|
|"Well, that was tasty! What's for afters?"|