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Sunday
Apr062014

The Bluebirds Are Nesting Once Again...

I don't know if it's the same pair or maybe some of the latest generation, but I've got a pair once again in the same box they choose each year.

I've done all the tricks.  I paint hole shapes on both sides to seem more appealing from a distance.  

I've even got "bluebird blue" painted pieces of metal attached to the top of the fence above the houses.  Who knows if any of that works, but something's working.

There's five eggs in there total.  I'll do my best to document things as they go along without bugging them too much. 

Nature is an important part of GadgetSponge.  It all started with the positive feeling of keeping things out of the landfills and reusing all that we can.  When that opportunity isn't part of the process, just be sure to do your best to keep the balance of nature in mind.  Get outside and have fun!  

Tuesday
Feb042014

Tufted Titmouse Visit

I was finally able to get some updated pictures of some Titmouses the other day.  I hope you like them...

You can find many more of my bird photography (HERE).

Sunday
Jun022013

Summer Plants & Flower in May Bloom

Just thought I would share some of the new growth around the yard.  Hope you enjoy it....

Condeferate Jasmine, Passion Flower Vine, Gardenia, Canna Lily, Hydrangea, Verbena, Plumbago, Coneflower, Champlain Roses, and Butterfly Weed.

Sunday
May052013

Certify Your Backyard or Property as a Wildlife Habitat!

I've posted this info before, but with all the creatures buzzing, flying, eating and nesting everywhere, it's more important than ever.  

A couple of years back, I registered my yard as a "Certified Wildlife Habitat".  That means my yard has the basic needs for wildlife and I actively support wildlife with feed, plants, water, etc. 

You can join too!  Do your part to help our neighborhood wildlife and nature.  It's a simple thing and it lets others know they can do their part too.  It's a very simple thing to do and it should give you a satisfied feeling to do even the littleist things.  If you choose not to join, adding a bird feeder, water fountain or bird bath goes a long way in the extremes we face in our individual climates and seasons these days.  Especially with neighborhoods reaching farther and farther out into virgin areas.  

So now I'll get off my soapbox.  And thanks to all the other nature bloggers out there for spreading the word and showing everyone what's out our backdoors.

You can certify your yard, property or space on the national register (HERE).

Friday
Mar292013

Spring Has Spring with Birds & New Blooms

Howdy folks!  I finally took a break and did some bird watching the other morning and got some shots of some of the new growth around the yard too.  I hope you enjoy!...

Dwarf Narcissus

Flowering Quince

Male House Finch (with orange plumage)

Male House Finch (with orange plumage)

River Birch Tree

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

Rosemary Flower

Male Eastern Bluebird (a pair finally nested in one of my houses this year!)

Male Eastern Bluebird

Purple / Violet Verbena

Female Red-Winged Blackbird

Cedar Waxwings

Indian Hawthorn flower buds

Male House Finch

Female House Finch

AND Butterfly Weed coming very soon!  Be sure to get you some plants or seeds in the ground soon to help out the butterflies, especially the Monarchs!