Babies and Lilacs

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Today is just one of those perfect spring days. A little breeze, a sky full of sunshine, green trees, green grass, and the scent of lilacs wafting through the air.

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We have baby birds on each side of our house. This was the nest of the house finches a couple of days ago. Looks like there are only two babies left of the 4 that I could detect. They are fully feathered and fill up the nest.

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Now the nest today is truly empty. They are out under their mother and fathers watchful eyes, but I am sure they must be in the vicinity.

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Then behind us we have the two families of geese. Today has been very enjoyable to watch them. They take a glide around the pond, not straying far from their parents. Then they go up on the bank and plop down on the grass. One of the parents go down to the edge and call them down to take a drink. They come up on the grass and start eating….whatever it is….and they hear a noise and in synchronization turn and run to mom. It’s a treat to watch these babies.

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Baby robin, hoping that mom will bring back a juicy worm or is it thinking it is time to take flight. It is certainly standing tall there on the edge of the nest.

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The wonderful smelling lilac bush and we have another in the front of the garage. It is putting on a good show this year.

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Mother robin, chirp, chirp, chirping at me. She is a busy lady keeping an eye on everything. BTW, I did see her with a big fat juicy worm in her mouth. A mothers work is never done. Hope you are enjoying your spring too.

Just a little more nature ( I can’t help it)

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Red Bud trees are so beautiful. This little one has been through a lot! We bought this 3 or 4 years ago. Planted it, then had a really dry summer. I cut back the top because it looked dead but the bottom still had something on it. The next year limbs were growing from the bottom half, then it was moved because we put in a pool. Last year it had leaves and three flowers. This year there were many blooms on it. I cut off a branch that wasn’t doing anything so it could concentrate on the rest. I’m so proud of it!

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This tree I put in last year, to replace a dead one. It has come through beautifully! It smells so good too.

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This one I was worried about, but it is doing well too and smells divine.

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They are all three in a row and as they grow each year that part of the yard will be stunning.

In my Best Loved Poems of the American People I found a tree poem. It is the one that usually made to sound corny because only the first few lines are used. The whole poem is very beautiful and here it is:
TREES by Joyce Kilmer
I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the Earths sweet flowing breast.
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray.
A tree that may in Summer wear,
A nest of robins in her hair.
Upon whose bosom snow has lain,
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

 

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I realized we had a robins nest and I am sure eggs in it also. I snapped a picture of mother robin before she flew off.

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This also is in a strategic spot away from the wind and rain for the most part. Birds are so smart!

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This is the action in our neighbors yard. I heard a lot of tweeting going on from that box.

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This is behind our house and I understand that the farmer had planted radishes after the fall. This must give the ground nourishment. He was in the fields last week spraying something and now it is this color. So it will be interesting to see what the next step will bring. I hope you have all kinds of activity in your area also.