Tuesday is usually shop update day and I had big plans to unveil a new Stash Pack today. But I wasn't happy with 2 of the fabrics in the pack so I'm dyeing new ones this week and will have the Stash Pack next week.
Meanwhile, let's check in on the birds.
The first baby bluebird hatched! These are Eastern Bluebirds and we can usually count on at least one clutch each year. I took this photo Sunday and won't check in on them again for a few more days.
The Carolina Wren is a cute and tiny bird with a loud voice and an even bigger nest. She just love the propane tank. We've tried to dissuade her from building here but her second favorite place is inside my car bumper. She can build a big nest like this in my bumper in a few hours. We gave in an let her have the propane tank. It doesn't seem to do any damage. It's also right next to the wood pile where she likes to hunt for bugs.
She also had 5 eggs.
We have a Purple Finch that's nesting on the downspout under the eaves of the house, right outside our bathroom window. I can't get a photo but sometimes I sit in the sun with the binoculars just to watch for a few minutes. So far I just see her sitting on the nest. No babies yet.
It's always fun to see what Spring will bring to entertain us.
most of the birds around here seem to like to make their nest too high for me to see - last year I found one though that was caught up in a roll of fencing wire that we had on the workshop porch I let it stay but something found it as I found the eggs one day smashed open - don't know what but I do see a lot of lizards on that porch but that had to be something different I would think that got it.
4/19/2023 07:03:15 am
I have bluebirds that build in my porch gutter every year. I can't see how they keep from being washed away with some of the downpours we have, but they keep returning.
4/19/2023 10:43:03 pm
Loved your nest images.....look forward to them every Spring Vicki !
4/20/2023 09:56:34 am
Those wrens are relentless when they find a spot they like, LOL!! You can put screening wire around the spots like your propane tank to keep them out. But they can indeed build a nest in just a few hours. I hope the spot is OK for them for predators. When they build on our veranda, the squirrels get their eggs, so I keep watch and move baskets and things they target to undesirable spots so they don't finish the nest.
4/23/2023 10:20:26 pm
Entertainment of the best kind! I'm astounded at the sheer size of the wren nest - who knew! We had a wren (or maybe more than one) that sang splendidly in our pine tree just outside our bedroom window but for the life of me I could never spy her/him.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.