Saturday, May 24, 2008

This past week...Daughter left for home on Wednesday. After the few late nights I was in bed at 7:30 Wednesday night. Read for a while then bang...I was gone! Just can't handle it anymore, lol. A new bird was sighted in the garden, a Black and White Warbler. I couldn't believe it, small bird covered in black and white stripes. Couldn't get a picture as it was moving around the trees to fast. I haven't seen it since although been keeping an eye out.

Thursday I went rooting around for some poles and sticks to re-build a part of the fence that broke down with the winters snow. Off I went with hammer, nails, saw, wire and wire cutters. I have it just about finished, just needs a few added touches. The next fine day will finish it off.

Also on Thursday, went over to the greenhouses. I've been putting off buying the annuals this year until later. I always get them too early and end up putting them outside in the morning and bringing them in overnight. A bit of a nuisance really. However, as I've been chomping at the bit to get some, I went over and bought a few flats of Pansies and Lobelia. I expect this coming week, I'll be there again.

That evening around supper time I happened to look out and the archway with the platform feeder was beat up and about half of it was on the ground. I know it was getting old, but what would have made it come down like that?? So, yesterday I took the rest apart as it was so smashed up there wasn't any point in trying to fix it up again. Then I had to bang together another platform feeder and this time have it attached high up on a tree trunk. I figured it would take the birds a while to get use to the new one, but in seconds they were there eating from it.

Last night, just before supper a neighbour phoned informing us that there was a big bear coming up the road near where the mail boxes are. I kept looking out around but no sign of it. I expect it went off into the woods. However, camera is by the door....waiting! Now, I'm wondering if it wasn't a bear that hauled the archway down trying to get at the bird food. It's that time of year when we usually see one or two or three. I have had suet feeders hauled down by them, hens greenhouse area torn up and clothes hanging on the line hauled off and balled up.

I've taken no pictures to speak of lately so that's about it for now.

11 comments:

Cicero Sings said...

I'm with you on the dropping off early thing ... especially after company ... well, after a day out and about!!! In one's mind, one hasn't changed so it comes as a rude shock when the body doesn't keep up like one thinks it should.

oldcrow61 said...

lol, you're right about that.

Pete said...

bears - shudder!!

Janine said...

Wow, hope you can get a shot of the bear (from a safe distance of course!) Do they have cubs at this time of year?

oldcrow61 said...

Janine, yes, the females have cubs with them this time of year. There was a female here with two cubs a few years ago.

Jo said...

The biggest things we have come out of our woods so far has been a young bobcat. Last year we had a raccoon that came every evening and ate all the bird seed he could get his paws on and then would drink all of the hummer nector (had it hanging too low to the ground) before he left.

Mo said...

I love it when new things turn up in the garden. The grey jays look lovely. Can't say I fancy having bears to look out for though!

Cindy said...

Bears? I read in Bill Bryson's book 'A walk in the woods' that if you see a bear and it is charging towards you - don't run! Instead, stand firm, face him/her with hands akimbo and stiff upper lip! Yeah right! :-)

oldcrow61 said...

lol Cindy, that's so funny but true. You shouldn't make eye contact either as he may take that as aggression and you should not turn your back but walk backwards slowly.

st said...

Oc - bear charges? how much? cos i would pay.

oldcrow61 said...

St, you're being very bad, lol.