Another reason for waiting on the feeders ... we've been having large flocks of migrating red-winged blackbirds coming through. They mob the feeders & chase everything else away. I haven't seen any for a week at least so I think it's safe to put out food now.
Zero ... zip, zilch, nada going on in the garden. I have some cleanup to do, but it won't happen this weekend. We did manage to get new tires on Tuesday for the cart that I use to haul garden debris, mulch, etc. The tires were at least 20 years old & so dry rotten that one just collapsed. After ordering tires, our favorite car place got them mounted on the rims - amazing how much better that cart pulls when the tires are totally inflated!
Back to the birds .... here's my favorite cardinal pic - handsome fella. It's a little 'milky' because it was taken through a window. We have many cardinal pairs around here & after last summer's bluebird fledging fest, we have quite a few bluebirds, too - they're perching (& pooping, the rascals!) on my rain gauge just outside the back door. I haven't managed to get a picture of the bluebirds yet, but I'm trying!
One pic of the blackbird flock - it's a bunch of 'em!
Wow! Also, eternal truth: With birds comes poop.
That’s a lot of starlings! We stop feeding in late August as the red breasted grosbeaks and all their offspring are just hogs at the feeder. We start up again beginning of November. We start suet cakes in October and we have already gone through about 17. We usually use 3 cases of 12 but we plan on 4 cases this year. Heavy traffic. That’s a pretty good picture of a cardinal through a window. We have more than a few pairs and they stick around all winter.
If you haven’t seen this YouTube channel you should check it out. Very nice if you like nature shows or birds.