Sunday, May 6, 2018

Migration May

Such a busy time of year. What have I been up to? This post will give you a hint. It isn't only birds and flowers that are busy. I got a call from an 87 year old friend that said we needed to dash over to her place to see a 'Natural Phenomena that is happening in her garden'. So off we go to her house. We found her nearly dancing at the site of a tree frog clinging to her door. 
 If you have never had this little visitor I can say it is quite fun to open the blinds on your door and find one clinging with those little suction up toes. 
A day or so later we get a call from another friend and she told us she had a Harris's Sparrow coming to her feeders. This is a sparrow that is rarely in our state let alone just a few miles from our home. We dashed right out there and got a few photos through the window of this handsome sparrow. 
We walk Annie every morning. While she watches for moles to make a move...
We watch for new spring arrivals such as this Wood Thrush. It is always a thrill to hear the flute-like  early  morning concert performed by this beautiful bird. 
Then yesterday we helped with the Lawrence County, IL Spring Bird Count. Gary was  happy to be able to get a decent photo of this very skittish drake Wood Duck. Of course I would be skittish too if someone was often shooting at me.  
So this morning when I woke, I looked out the back door to see if the Robin was still ensconced on her nest. You can see her there. 
I doubt she goes any place what with three of these beautiful blue eggs to attend. The poor dear probably would have laid 4 or 5 eggs if she had been someplace where no one could bother her.
As it is I can hardly avoid the area. Annie stayed with friends yesterday for an overnighter while we were busy. She is sticking pretty close to home today.  
I had to get out into the garden to see what might be going on now that all the tulips and daffodils have been cooked to well done in the heat of the days past. Alliums are taking their place in this garden. You can see the purple iris are also making a show. How did this bed get so blue/purple?? 
I didn't wander long. I plopped into a chair on the gazebo patio. Looking at the dappled lush is about all I will accomplish this day. 
Oh, look over here. Our first Red Admiral butterfly taking advantage of the sun on a white Lilac blossom. Aaahhhhh.... 
Can't you just feel the warmth of that lovely spring sun.
I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend. I certainly did because to top off all of this we had a delightful visit with my son and his fiance. Happiness is...

23 comments:

  1. Wow, what interesting visitors to your area. Also, your garden looks so full already. It's beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Lady Locust. The garden is fairly filled out. There are still some things I hope that pop up. I have some things that seemed to die this past winter. I am hoping I am wrong.

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  2. What a lot of exciting sitings. You really look like summer is almost here in your garden. Lovely.

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    1. Hi Linda, It has been an exciting time. We have gone from winter almost straight into summer. He heat and wind are hurrying things along. Too fast for me.

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  3. I love this post, Lisa. You have so much blooming! You're birding adventures look like fun, and I'm dying to see my first butterfly.

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  4. I am glad you like it Sally. I hope you see your first butterfly soon.

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  5. So beautiful Lisa.
    I love the tree frog. What a sweet little fellow.
    I remember seeing one at Beckie's. It made my holiday.

    Gosh the sparrow is very much like our reed bunting. Who says brown is boring, not me :)

    I do so hope Mummy Robin is successful, bless her.

    Give gorgeous Annie a pat from me.

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  6. BTW love the image second from the bottom.....gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. The mornings here have been glorious. Sun and still cool but the afternoons are too warm for any heavy work. Or maybe I just wear out by then. ;)

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  7. Oh, lovely spring! I wish it could stay forever. You asked about my wisteria, I don’t know the variety. It is in my garden for 30 years now. The name tag is lost..... like many name tags. Groetjes Hetty

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    1. I know how it feels not knowing what something is in your garden. I lose those tags all the time. Sometimes I lose the plant and not the tag. ha... No matter your wisteria is gorgeous.

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  8. What a wonderful series of nature photos ~ love the frog! and your doggie too ~ Beautiful!

    Happy Week ahead to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  9. That nest too with its beautiful blue eggs ~ what a delightful place filled with marvelous energy from nature ~

    Happy Week ahead to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  10. It really sounds like you're doing spring right, just soaking it in and enjoying what comes your way! The sparrow is a special one, I've never seen one like that.
    Some people put a lot of effort into turning a border purple with alliums and iris, I really like it!

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  11. When Spring arrives in your part of the country, it seems to do so with a bang! What delightful sightings you've had to celebrate the season.

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  12. The robin nest is so close to your house Lisa, isn't it? I remember having the nest on tuya close to the cottage, I always tried to get quieter passing by. I liked your garden, is lush and alliums look pretty.

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    1. Yes, the robin nest is close to the house. I am glad you like the purple.

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  13. Never had a tree frog in our garden, which is too bad because they're cute. Nice pics of the Harris Sparrow and Wood Thrush. We did see a Wood Thrush last weekend in our garden. It will be a week or two before our Alliums bloom.

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  14. Thanks for visiting and enjoying my haiku!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  15. Hi Lisa, love the view from your gazebo patio, and the various critter pics. Especially the frog.

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  16. I'd like to see a tree frog. A tiny but loud Cliff Chirping Frog is what we get - smaller than a quarter.
    I love your blue/purple bed.
    Annie

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  17. Dear Lisa,
    I am always amazed to see all the wildlife in your and your friends gardens. I don´t have frogs in my garden, probably because it is very near to a busy street and also because I don´t have a pond in my garden or nearby. Birds I have in my garden, though different species than you have in your garden. I love your blue purple borders!
    Best wishes,
    Lisa

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