Monday, February 21, 2005
We've gone through a ton of birdseed this winter: usually they're empty
within 2 days. Yeah, yeah, the birds are pudgy here in our garden, but I
couldn't believe they were eating it all.
Today I saw it. Hanging sideways, gripping to the tree with its hind legs,
this squirrel. Whenever I got close to it, it would bark. Here it is as it
ran up the claredendron and into the wysteria, barking at me the entire
time. Within 5 minutes, it was back in the tree.
I've moved the feeder.
Sunday, February 20, 2005
Somebody hacked Paris Hilton's cellphone, and here are all of her numbers.
I think I'll give Fred Durst a call and tell him how much he sucks.
Then on to eminem, Shapiro, the Gotti kid, and Christina Aguilera.
New link is here, fresh off the Ja'AmLo hotline:
About 5 years ago we had bought one of those old-school hummingbird feeders, put red sugar water in it, hung it, never saw a hummingbird, so we put it away back in the garage. On Thanksgiving I dug the thing up, learned the 4/1 ratio of sugar water (don't make it red, that's bad), and hung it in the garden for our late-season visiting friend. The salvias soon succombed to winter frosts, but the feeder has become incredibly popular. The viburnum has done some strange things throughout the winter, always having 1 or 2 white blooms going (I've never seen that), and the hummingbird has been visiting these blooms, and the feeder.
2 weeks or so ago, I about fell out of my chair when I looked out at the feeder and saw a hummingbird that looked like this. The bright purple head/neck of a male hummingbird was not something I had seen at the feeder, and against the grey backdrop of winter in the garden, it was a shocking and exciting thing to see. He's there this morning at the feeder, and yesterday, two female Anna's got into a rumble above the feeder: I've heard they are territorial, and their aggressive chirping surprised me. So here it is in February, and they're now going through an entire feeder-ful a week. I think word's out on the hummingbird network that this is a good place to go. Yesterday's warm winter meant the cats were out for awhile, and I heard the hummers chirping away, sounding pissed off.....the cats were in the area of the feeder, and the hummer was not happy about that!
So that's the story of hummers in our garden. I'll post more abut them and their rumbles in the future.
Saturday, February 19, 2005
The windows are open.
an afternoon with the windows open means hearing your neighbors that you haven't heard in awhile....with our nice insulated windows, we're lucky. but once the weather gets nice, this afternoon was full of Pete Seger blaring from the car stereo, and a shout out from one to another, of "Hey! When you're done there, come mow my lawn, will ya?"
Aahh. The first one of the season.