Gardening on the Edge Blog
Bird Feeding Time
Wed, Feb 2 2011 12:13 | Wildlife
It's a beautiful 50° day and there are two Doves, a male Cardinal, a Towhee, and three Tufted Titmouse birds at the feeder. The female cardinal is keeping her distance in a lilac bush twenty feet away, just watching. Off to the side, at the edge of the forest is a grey squirrel, rustling through the leaves. The feeder is currently dispensing safflower seeds, which the squirrels don't like. The cardinals are skittish so the slightest movement chases them away. Same with the doves. The Titmouse's are a little bolder and can tolerate more disturbance close by. The cardinals don't go far. They simply wait in the nearby forest until all is clear again. They'll stay until they are full. Interesting that the female is not partaking in the feast.
Wild Turkeys In The Garden
Tue, Feb 1 2011 09:32 | Wildlife
I looked out my office window today to see a sight I have not seen since we have lived in this home. Three wild turkeys came strolling through th
e yard. I was thrilled. They walked right under the window giving me, and them, a good close up view. They didn't stay long, strolling off into the woods. I hope they cleaned up a few bugs before they left!
First Robin Siting In Asheville
Fri, Jan 21 2011 02:42 | Wildlife
Today, I saw the first Robin of the year. It looked like a baby. Is this an indication that spring is around the corner? An early spring would be welcome.