July 16, 2021
It is what it is…
Here’s the latest image of my new bird feeding station…I tried to get a photo with birds, but they flew away. I added a woodpecker feeder to the shepherds hook. For a couple of days we had a Downy Woodpecker (?) coming to the feeders, so I took the feeder from out front and attached it to the shepherds hook with an L bracket and two clamps. And wouldn’t you know that as soon as I do it, the woodpecker stops visiting. It’s still out there somewhere, we just haven’t seen it.
Here’s a cropped version…
There might be a bird or two at the plate feeder, but I couldn’t tell you for sure. Anyway, even though we haven’t seen a woodpecker, the Cardinals and Sparrows seem to be enjoying it. And the squirrels can’t get to it as far as I can tell, so that’s a plus! They can get to the plate feeder, but I’m not too worried about that. They’re not hogging it…
Every morning I have to put fresh feed out as the birds and squirrels empty the plate feeder. Sometimes, around dinner time, I need to put a little more out…but not much since we do have a night time visitor that licks the plate clean. Come dark, if it’s empty or nearly empty I don’t worry about it. I haven’t gotten a trail cam or motion detector camera yet. Since the feeder is pretty much empty by dark, I may not need to…I can, if I just want to set it up to get close ups of the daily visitors. But it’s not necessary at this point in time.
The image above is one I took just after I put up the woodpecker feeder…not the best image, but it shows a Cardinal at the feeder.
I’m thinking about digging up the area where the station is and putting in river rock. As you can see, there are flowers growing…I put the feeders in this spot on purpose. Brings more birds to the back of the house, and gives me a chance to expand that garden. lol
When I first set it up I was thinking we could always move the log and shepherds hook when mowing. But now, I think I just want to dig it up, put rock down and let whatever grow, grow. I can always pull it, clip it or what ever when/if needed… With this heat wave, we haven’t been doing much more than is needed. It hasn’t rained since Tuesday, and even then it wasn’t much more than a tease for the plants. I’m not watering either…well, I do water the tomatoes and squash, but I have a five gallon bucket out there with water in it. What will happen is, I will water the plants and then it will rain…that’s the way it goes right? I use a can with holes in it to water the plants. Considering we’re on a well, we have to be careful how much water we use. We’re not hurting, yet, but we just have to be mindful of the water table, how much rain we’re getting, and how much water we’re using!
Thank goodness for the pool!
I think I’m about ready to take a dip! But, before I go…the purple flowers you see to the left are Rose of Sharon – I believe the birds planted it a few years ago – then the leaves are Dogwood, there’s a pole that used to have clothesline wire, now used as “decoration” with a sun suncatcher hung from it. Behind that is a male Holly Tree, Tulip Poplar and Maple Trees, and then thicket area. Around the pool I have mint, ornamental grass, tiger lily, and Hostas. The area between the deck and the pool has wildflowers, Rose of Sharon, tiger lilies, and hostas although you can’t see it all or aren’t blooming at the moment.
I thought I had an image of some green tomatoes I have, but I couldn’t find it. So, this will have to do…
Gonna have some squash soon too!
Hope you have a great day!
Thanks for stopping by!!
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden
As our consciousness expands into finer realms
we outgrow attachment to the material world.
~ Still need things (house, food, transportation, communication)
but “materials” aren’t so important anymore
*all photos were taken with my LG cell phone