August is almost here. The months are flying by. Soon be school bus time again in the neighborhood.
I have a nest of bluebird eggs almost ready to hatch. They are having some late fledglings. I so love to hear their soft cheerful song, and watch them bring their blue color into my yard in the early morning. They are very soft spoken and sometimes a timid bird. They will defend their young, but often times their nests are disturbed or taken over by overbearing wrens. They usually lay between 3-5 eggs, very rarely 6 and the color is a light blue. Their nests are made entirely of fine grasses and pine needles, nothing nasty in their nests. No bread ties, Easter grass, feathers, weeds, tomato plant stems, etc. Their nest is cupped out perfect.
Many other birds of summer have now raised their babies, and are feeding them, while teaching them how to survive the coming winter. Robin’s lay 3-5 bright blue eggs, Tree Swallows lay 5-7 eggs and wrens can have as many as six mouths to feed. Turtle Doves lay 2 eggs in a very sparse nest of sticks and pine needles. They may hatch between 4-6 little ones per season.
The rabbits have been thick this spring and summer. We have not been able to bale much hay around our house yet, and I think many have survived that way. We have not disturbed their nests.
My quail are also always in or around the yard calling too. I think they have also enjoyed the tall grasses to take refuge in. What do you have in your yard?
Last week when I was mowing, I also had a young kitten in my day lilies. Cute little thing, had been tossed out here or rode under a vehicle. I have looked and looked but she was not seen again after last week. How about that for a happening. I guess people know that I am an animal lover, but cruelty to animals is a terrible thing. I hope the kitten was reunited with its mama and she was able to take it to safety. Maybe she is still hiding in the property someplace, and she can kill my winter time friends, the mice.
Until next time, good bird watching.