We are on bird alert as we watch for the Blue Bird to return to the feeder.
Camera is at the ready.
The birds have me on a schedule now. At 8am I put the meal worms out. How the Blue Bird will know this I am not sure. The bird man, who sold me the meal worms, said to set a time every day I put the worms out into the feeder. Meal worms for the birds; a muffin for me. Breakfast with the birds. At 2pm I check all the spots I have filled with water. The birds like fresh water so I refresh as needed. On Wednesdays and Saturdays I refresh the nector feeders. I use filtered water. I am sure they like it better than the regular tap water.
The Carolina Wrens have found the meal worms and are ever so delighted. The Chick-a-dees also have found them. I only put ten or so out at a time. The Chick-a-dee has figured out a way of getting three in the beak and fly off. I think they may be feeding babies. The Wrens take one, fly up to the deck and have a nice breakfast. Then they sing! We call the Wrens, "Tea-kettle". It comes from the Peterson Field Guide of Eastern Birds. The voice is described as "a clear 3-syllabled chant. Variable; tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea-kettle, tea." I do like the idea of a Wren chanting.
Since the meal worms are gone within ten minutes I decided to put the large seed feeder up for the summer. Since I did not want the mess of shells I bought out of the shell nuts. The birds seem to enjoy this treat. Easy for them and me.
Having the pair of wrens out of the garage, together at the feeder, was a relief. I have a basket of nesting material for them so they can make a new nest easily.
Every month we celebrate different birds. As you can tell, in May, we learn about the Wrens and the Orioles and the Blue Bird.
We also celebrate different bugs. I like some bugs. In May, I look for the ants. I need ants to help open the peonies. They are amazing insects.
It is hard to see the ant at work here in this photo, just a tiny spot of black on the petal. Another ant is on the leaf heading towards the bud.
As the ants go in and around the petals, the flower opens.
It is a wonderful way plant and insect work together.
We have four different types of peonies. These are in the front yard, a shadier spot than the others that are in back yard. I hope these are in bloom for Memorial Day when we take flowers to decorate family graves.
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