Thursday, April 12, 2007

Just hang on a few more nights....

In her latest post, Carol mentioned the obsessive nature of a gardener. I don't know about you, but I have to admit to being a tad obsessive, at times.
My latest is not a plant or my compost or even my new cedar beds.
It's the bluebirds in my backyard. The weather, turning so cold and miserable, has been inconvienent to us. It is deadly to the migrating birds. My bluebirds have a nest in their box, (if you look real close, it's behind them, in the trees!), and we hope they have laid eggs. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
They don't do well in the cold and worse, the cold snap, has killed the emerging insect population. It might do us some good, but the poor bluebirds need the insects!!
So, Jeff and I have taken to feeding them. Every morning and every night, we take mealworms out to their special feeder. As a matter of fact, I take worms out there, every time I see them sitting on that feeder. They have me trained, like that!
(we got the worms online. a little disconcerting to know there are 15,000 of them in my crisper drawer. I know it's gross, but they have to keep cool or they will pupate. GROSS!)
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Tonite, it's supposed to get into the 20's. I have fed the birds 3 times, already today. I worry about their little bodies, huddled together, trying to stay warm. The wind has been so ferocious at night. I lay in bed and think of the little birds.
Right now, the wind is blowing steady at 15 mph. That's windy!! Especially hard is that it drops the temp to a wind chill of 25°.
We are forecasted to get to the high 20's, tonite and tomorrow night, but then slowly coming around to the 40's at night.
I will keep the worms coming, just hang on a few more nights......

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  1. Sissy Belle, You can add me to your blog any ole time! We just got back from Louisville and Nashville yesterday and arrived to the remnants of a 15 inch snowstorm. Today was sunny and I got out to do some work. Fear not for your bluebirds - they are incredibly adaptable and the fact that you are feeding them the meal worms is probably greatly appreciated by them.

  2. Sissy... you are a saint, taking care of those bluebirds like that!

  3. That is so sweet that you care and worry about the bluebirds! And, you are a brave person to have worms in the crisper!! Lol!

    Love the Robert Frost up there! (So true!)

  4. Sissy, you and your family are wonderful... and I hope one of the birds in your birdhouse will be the Bluebird of Happiness.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  5. Hallo,
    Ich wünsche alles gute und grüße aus Stuttgart/Germany

  6. sissy, how wonderful of you to care for the beautiful blue birds, I'm sure with your love and attention they will survive the cold days and nights and hopefully you will see their little ones on your bird table.

  7. The poor little birdies...they're very lucky they're in YOUR yard:-) Other people wouldn't even think of feeding them! Our robins have arrived and they don't eat seeds so they're trying to scrounge through the snow for worms...but it's too cold for worms right now so I may do what you did and get some for them!! xox


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