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Feasting On A Maple Seed Bonanza

I was so consumed with our downed tree I didn’t notice the bumper crop of maple seeds on one of our trees. These showed up in the picture of the cat on the old maple. Now picture the whole tree covered in seeds.  That’s a lot of seeds!

Two weeks later – can you see who is enjoying the bonanza?

That’s a fox squirrel balancing on the little branches to reach the feast. Birds and rodents will help themselves as well.

Curiosity got the cat, and I went googling to see if these were edible for humans.  They are!  This tree still has yet to ripen its seeds.  When the seeds get a wee bit bigger (before they’re dry and bitter), I’m going to give them a try!

 

A Charming Visitor

A rare visitor to our yard, the Indigo Bunting is a welcome spot of color in the spring.

I surprised this little guy at our feeder. He flitted off into the weeds to look around for a bit.

Poor Squirrelie!

This poor beat up guy was eating alone in the rain.

He doesn’t look to bad like this, though there’s hair missing by his eye.

But then he leans forward and you can see all the naked spots on his shoulder and the tip of his hind leg. I wonder who he tangled with?

 

 

More Spring Flowers

My hyacinths are up.  A little straggly because of the heat, but smell wonderful anyway!

Lovely blues.

And some pinks.

And those barely there ones are actually yellow.

 

 

 

 

I Was NOT Amused!

While I love cats and have three of my own, this situation is NOT amusing!

One of our neighbors’ cats sitting one story up in our tree next to the bird feeder. Yes, I went out and chased the cat out of the tree.  It’s bad enough they poop in my yard, keeping me from letting my dog loose by himself  in his own yard because he eats the poop.  Which also makes for a lovely surprise for my hands as I’m gardening.  But they also sit by the tree and bird baths scaring the birds away.  I do not need them UP in the tree as well!  And, OH!, did I mention the dead bird bodies lying in the yard? Not good for the bird populations!  And that also means I can never go bare foot in my own back yard. Cats should be kept at home!

Squee! Another Sign Of Spring!

I glanced out the window as darkness fell….

and spotted a Robin at one of my bird baths. Yay!  Welcome back, Mr. Robin!

 

My First Spring Flowers

As you may have noted from my last posting, the weather this winter has been erratic to say the least.  My crabapple bush tried to bloom last month, two months early, and the buds got frozen out.  So that bush is a bust.  And the wild raspberries in my yard are trying to go for it too.  So there will be a lot less flowers and fruit this year and probably some dead plants as well. If it doesn’t get cold enough to put them to sleep they either freeze to death or use up their food stores and starve to death before spring is properly sprung.

I’m happy to say that it appears my bulbs have weathered this nonsense well (no pun intended) and are beginning their annual show. (Except for the daffys, which are early.)

Peaking through the leaves I haven’t raked off yet.

A purple crocus peaking as well.

My mini irises.

Even if they’re early, I still love my daffys!

My first ‘bouquet’ of daffys! I love their smell. It’s the scent of spring.