Wednesday, June 10, 2009

It's turned cool this week. + 3 C this morning when I got up so put the fire in. We've had a risk of frost warning a few times so it's me out early evening with sheets covering up the annuals I have in pots. And let me tell you, there are more than a few. There has been rain and drizzle for the most part so we haven't gotten any outside painting done. We did have three people here on Friday to paint the front and one side of the house. Tomorrow the sun is suppose to show it self so hopefully the rest will be done by us. I must say that I'm very pleased with the colours I picked for the house. I think it looks quite pretty.

The good news....himself is going on a three week holiday starting next week so I will have some time to myself and am really looking forward to it. The parents are coming for the weekend of the 19th. My granddaughter is flying in from Ontario also on the 19th. but will fly into St. John's to stay with her mother. Hopefully they will both get out here at some point for a few days.

I now know that I have both a male and female squirrel coming to the feeders. How do I know....well, I looked under their tails and there is no doubt at all about what sex they are. The male is the one that's been here most of the time and the female is the one looking a little stressed out. I'm wondering if she has young ones. I saw a lot of bits of green on the ground under their favorite feeder and couldn't figure for the life of me what it was. I picked up some of it and saw that it was small bits of plastic. They have made a hole in the top of the feeder large enough to get through. Now this wasn't necessary as the top lifts off very easily. I think it's the female who's done all the damage as the male would always lift the top off.

The female

I now have two pairs of Pine Grosbeaks coming back and forth. I expect there has been quite a few birds nesting close by as most are filling up with food, flying off then coming back for more.


Tricia said...

Good to hear you're getting some time on your own OC; hope your daughter and granddaughter get out to see you though :)

With a male and female squirrel then I wonder.... And hopefully you'll see some fledglings before too long

Anonymous said...

The house to yourself! What a treat. I'm sure you'll miss hubby when he's gone (or judgements here!), but I can relate. My husband works from home and frankly, there's days I wish he didn't. But it sounds like you'll have plenty of company at least part of the time.

Your birds are gorgeous. I'm sorry the weather isn't cooperating. Same over here. I've dug my Winter weight bathrobe back out again and more than once, I considered putting the heavier quilt back on the bed!


Dixxe's Doodles said...

Old Man Winter just keeps hanging on...Gosh thats hard for a gardener to have to wait that long...Ive already picked ripe tomatoes, and squash. BUT its getting very hot now and hard to enjoy being outside for the river of sweat that runs down my back and thats when sitting in the shade. We have terrific humidity, and AC is a -must have- to be comfortable. We have dozens of males and female squirrels and when we get too many around we live trap them and relocate! They are so inquisitive they are not hard to catch...and we take them into the wilderness there is plenty of trees and water so they have no trouble finding food. Great photos you have up today! I have yet to see a Pine Grosbeak, we had a visit from the Blue Grosbeak early in the spring.
Enjoy your free time!!

oldcrow61 said...

This weather isn't so strange strange for June really. We sometimes even get snow. Should warm up and settle soon.

Dixie, a blue grosbeak. I have to look that one up. Must have been wonderful to see.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Enjoyed the photos of the pine grosbeaks. We never see them in my area.

I don't mind feeding the squirrels either but I do resent them chewing up the feeders.

The weather is cool and wet here. No frost thankfully, but the warm weather plants like the tomatoes are just sulking.

ShySongbird said...

A lovely photo of your naughty Squirrel and also the Grosbeak, it is such a pretty colour. I am having to attend to my annuals at night too, but not to cover them, for me the problem is snails! We have had so much rain the last few nights that they are out in force eating their way through my plants. I collect them by torchlight in a bucket and then they are deposited away from the house, it's getting tedious!

Pete said...

just make sure he doesn't give you flu before he goes this time!!

Cicero Sings said...

I'm sorry to hear things are so cool your side. Hot and dry here.

Squirrels ... you gotta love em and hate em at the same time! Babies ... oh no! Quadruple the trouble.

Janine said...

Great shots of the Pine Grosbeaks. Looking forward to seeing shots of the newly painted home!

Bimbimbie said...

Hello again, looking in on your birds bees and squirrels. We had our first frost of winter this morning which will probably have caused a problem for our little bees that where still visiting my flowers yesterday. Hope you get to see and feel a little more sunshine*!*

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