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It’s for the Birds!


house wren update...

There are now six eggs in the house wren nest in our bird house. That number has not changed since Saturday, and so I think the female is done laying eggs. Here's a picture of the six little tan eggs....

six little wren eggs

I found a picture online of a house wren....

house wren

One great thing is to hear the wrens singing at all hours of the day. If you'd like to hear the song of a house wren, click here.

I realize that some people who read my blog are not bird enthusiasts, but there are probably as many readers who are bird enthusiasts. You non-enthusiasts can scroll on down to today's iv....

Here's a picture of our bird house - the prime real estate in our subdivision! The lid is on hinges, allowing me to take the pictures I post on my blog.

our bird house that sits in our red raspberry patch

Below is a picture of the bay window in our kitchen. If you look carefully, you can see the hummingbird feeder on the left, the bird feeder in the middle, and the bird house off in the distance.

the window where we watch birds

Here's a picture from the outside....

our birdfeeders

Here's a close-up of the main bird feeder....

our main bird feeder

After squirrels have destroyed two "squirrel-proof" feeders from Lowe's, I decided that we should just spring for the top-of-the-line "Eliminator Squirrel Proof Birdfeeder" from Wild Birds Unlimited. Since it comes with a lifetime guarantee, at the rate we were going, this one will pay for itself in no time.

A former student who lives in Tennessee has sent me several pictures that he's taken recently of some woodpeckers nesting in a dead tree. He's been looking for this nest for over a month. He said the nests are easier to find once the red heads start poking out.

Here's a picture of two babies being fed through the hole in the tree...

two woodpecker babies

He wrote today to say that the last baby fledged. Here's a picture right before the last baby left the nest....

the last woodpecker to fledge

He said that in the same tree, a different type of woodpecker is nesting at the top. He went on to say, "There was a lot of drumming going on in that tree. Each variety of woodpecker has a different rythym. It seemed to be an annoyance to one variety when the other one was pecking."

Here's a picture of the other woodpecker nesting in the same tree....

another kind of woodpecker nesting in the same tree

Last week another reader sent me a link to a neat story about a very smart parrot. You can read it by clicking here.

There are all sorts of things that people say are "for the birds." One of those things that some would say is for the birds is housecleaning. The piece below even mentions birds in the first item....

Philosophy Of Housecleaning
author - an unknown, but witty woman

1. I don't do windows because ... I love birds and wouldn't want one to run into a clean window and get hurt. (I am compassionate.)

2. I don't wax floors because ... I am terrified that guests will slip, hurt themselves, and then I'll feel terrible - and they may sue me! (I am careful and poor.)

3. I don't mind the dust bunnies because ... they are very good company, I have named most of them, and they agree with everything I say. (I am imaginative.)

4. I don't disturb cobwebs because ... I want all creatures to have a home of their own, and my family loves spiders. (I am kind.)

5. I don't do "Spring Cleaning" because ... I love all the seasons and don't want the others to get jealous. (I am fair minded.)

6. I don't do yard work because ... I don't want to get in God's way - He is an excellent designer. (I am courteous.)

7. I don't put things away because ... my family will never be able to find them again. (I am considerate.)

8. I don't do gourmet meals when I entertain because .... I don't want my guests to stress out over what to make when they invite me over for dinner. (I am thoughtful of others' fears.)

9. I don't iron because ... I choose to believe them when they say "Permanent Press". (I am trusting.)

10. I don't stress much over anything because ... "Type A" personalities die young, and I want to stick around and become a wrinkled up crusty ol' woman!!! (I am very practical.)

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This is Rob again ... several bits of irony in our own lives - just this evening while I was watering flowers out front, I hear a huge thud on the neighbor's house. When I looked over, I saw a brown thrasher falling to the ground below the neighbor's big picture window. The poor bird's neck was broken and it died. The irony is that the window is not very clean. Another irony is that in our house, we think that spiders are for the birds! I just killed two black widow spiders in our attached garage when I was sweeping it out this past Saturday! YIKES! I had killed another one a few weeks ago. Being very glad that those black widow spiders are now dead, I do not think that housecleaning is for the birds! How about you? 🙂

quotation...

"You cannot keep a bird from landing on your head, but you can keep it from building a nest there!" - Dr. Bob Jones Sr.

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Rob

When your pet bird sees you reading the newspaper, does he wonder why you're just sitting there, staring at carpeting?


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9 Comments on “It’s for the Birds!”

  1. #1 Michael Murphy
    on May 27th, 2008 at 6:58 am

    Those excuses would be good illustration material in a sermon on hospitality. And, I need to sweep out our garage as well. Scary to me that you found black widows. I might be breeding some unknowingly as well.

    And, I’m not a bird enthusiast, but I do find your updates to be quite interesting. Thanks for sharing. I guess that’s what blogging is all about.

  2. #2 Judith White
    on May 27th, 2008 at 7:47 am

    I am not a avid bird watcher but do enjoy your telling about yours~do enjoy the updates of your
    grandson as we ourselves have 9 and each one is so special to us~keep the pictures of Drew coming and also the birds!

  3. #3 Susan
    on May 27th, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Oh, this was great!! Rob, could I put this on my blog? I would link it back to your blog. Please let me know if this is “OK?” I’m kinda new to blogging, and want to do this right!

    Thanks once again for sharing so many neat things!

    Blessings!
    Susan

  4. #4 Vikki
    on May 27th, 2008 at 8:53 am

    You’re right – this one was for the birds… Again, 6 eggs – I hope they all make it. Thanx also for the pic of the high end non-squirrel feeder. So far the 4 Lowes Squirrel-Be-Gone feeders we bought have held up. We have a post with 4 arms – all with feeders – and I love to watch the squirrels run around and around on them. It drives them crazy knowing there’s seed in them, but they can’t get at it. The baby woodpeckers are really cute too with their little bright red heads!

  5. #5 Rob
    on May 27th, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Susan, I’d rather that you just put a link to my blog or to the specific blog post – http://blog.ivman.com/its-for-the-birds – instead of putting the material itself. I invested a good bit of time in putting that post together. You’ll know the feeling as you get more into blogging. Blog posts are almost like “your baby.” 🙂

  6. #6 Lynnette
    on May 27th, 2008 at 10:28 am

    M. Loach,
    I thought the comment on dust bunnies was cute. One can almost picture a bunny composed of dust sitting on her mantel. 🙂 Thanks for keeping us updated on the birds.

  7. #7 Rob
    on May 27th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    I’m glad to see that several people who are not crazy about birds still enjoy the updates. My wife and I are constantly amazed at the variety in the bird family that the Creator “programmed” into those little creatures! I don’t know how anyone can look at such diversity and think it evolved!

  8. #8 Rhonda
    on May 28th, 2008 at 9:36 am

    We, too, are avid bird watchers. But rather than investing in the squirrel-proof feeders, we just buy squirrel-proof feed–safflower. We have only one squirrel who likes it, and he’s so entertaining swinging from the feeder that we let him have it. 🙂 He doesn’t seem to deter the birds–we have a huge variety, including two different species of woodpeckers who visit our suet feeder. We haven’t spotted their nests, but they do eat bugs off our trees in the back yard. We love to watch our birds! We, too, recently had a wren family nest in our hedge in the front yard, but two days ago, we saw the babies eating at the feeder–very clumsy on the wing, and absolutely adorable! We need to get a bird house like yours!

  9. #9 Carrie
    on May 28th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I need to print these excuses, I mean, reasons and put them on my fridge! What a relief to have character qualities for what I don’t do!