Welcome Spring !

The garden's structure, so lovely.

Each season is a treasure.

Such beautiful colors!

With the change of season has come a change in our lives.  

 

The COVID-19 virus has changed the way we go about our daily routines with the people we love, know and work with.

 

Although, we are an ''outdoor space'', and social distancing can be maintained, we are complying with the Virginia's Executive Order to "Stay at Home".  

 

We would love to have you here, at Birdsong Pleasure Garden, to enjoy the immense amount of spring beauty, but that will have to wait until another day.

 

The Dark-eyed Juncos have retreated into the mountains for the season.  We ocassionally see a Tufted titmouse, Downy Woodpecker or another of our winter birds.

 

The Blue Jays, Robins, Morning Doves, and Cardinals are all making plans for new broods.  The male Goldfinches' feathers are starting to turn that lovely shade of lemon yellow; while the female Goldfinches' feathers are refreshed in the olive green coloring to protect her in her nest. 

 

For the last week or so, (this is the end of March), we have enjoyed the gliding and twittering of the Tree Swallows' return as they sail around over the gardens choosing their favorite birdhouse.  We look forward to seeing more of the migratory birds, soon.

 

A pair of Ravens captured one of the birds at our bird feeder.  That was a shock to me, as I watched it sit on top of the telephone pole ripping away at its unidentified prey. Even though Ravens are omnivores, I would imagine them eating more carrion, garbage, rodents or eggs, but not full grown birds.

 

The Hawks, of course, are looking for an easy meal at the feeders.  The Blue Jays are certainly noisy enough to warn all the other birds and us of the Hawk's presence.

 

As you prepare for your garden this season, please take a moment to watch this video about neonicotinoids. 

 

"One see coated with neonicotinoid pesticides is enough to kill a songbird like Blue Grossbeak.  Avoiding these and other pesticides in your home and garden can make a difference."      https://abcbirds.org/neonics

 

https://www.facebook.com/AmericanBirdConserve/videos/391859614988157/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

"And myriad leaves, on which the Summer wrote
Her blushing farewell, at my feet were strown."

—Albert Laighton, “In the Woods”

 

"And myriad leaves, on which the Summer wrote
Her blushing farewell, at my feet were strown."

—Albert Laighton, “In the Woods”

"And myriad leaves, on which the Summer wrote
Her blushing farewell, at my feet were strown."

—Albert Laighton, “In the Woods”

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