and the wind makes it hard to do much in the flower beds. I did finish up my Greater Backyard Bird Count this morning. In my small back yard I had 17 different types of birds. But the count on each bird was very low. Only 1 at a time up to 8 at a time for the American Goldfinch.
Did see the Baltimore Oriole on two different days and two Red-winged Blackbirds paid the yard a visit. Saw one Grey Catbird, this is a bird I rarely see any time of the year. I enjoy the Brown Thrashers as they really do thrash around kicking up leaves on a hunt for a juicy morsel to eat. There was one Thrasher in the bird bath.
If you have a chance look up the Greater Backyard Bird Count website and find your state/city/town to see how many people have been counting birds over the past four days. When you count birds you can see many years listed as to how many birds/species you counted in each year. Very nice website. There were several times I was the only one counting in Florence where I live.
day to be outside. First thing I counted the birds again. Wish this count came closer to when they are mating and nesting. Lots more action then. I did see a Baltimore Oriole, male, they are just so beautiful.
Did some more cleanup and my back is telling me to take it easy on the bending and with the shovel. Had to dig out wild blackberry vine that has taken over a portion on my herb garden. It is a mess. Planted some old gladiola bulbs there and will just have to wait to see if they come up. They were pretty dried out.
Pulled out some small 4" plastic pots to start some Datura seed. It is so warm, in the 70's again, that I watered them and left them to get some of Gods good warmth. Carolyncat sent me purple and double yellow. I really do hope the yellow do well as they are so pretty.
One of my windchimes had lost its blue pretty round piece that hangs in the middle. I figured it was in among the dried up Plumbago so I tackled that and cut it back. Sure enough there it was. I tied it back onto the chime so it can sound just as pretty as the older one. The daffy's are coming more each day. It only takes a few to make you feel good. They are just the happiest of plants. Bit by bit, little by little the yard will be ready for spring and summer.
Now that is about 20 degrees over our normal of around 60 for this time of year. My neighbor fellow mowed my grass today. Actually I heard the mower much closer than his yard and sure enough there he was mowing away. I got out my blower and started to clean up and things looked much better after we finished.
That got me going so I cut my Clematis plants about half way and discovered they are beginning to sprout. That was a good sign. Then I cleaned up a bunch of mess that had been laying out in the back since - well - who knows when. It is gone now. Some daffodils and a couple of crocus were buds in the morning and blooming in the afternoon. Fantastic.
Sat and counted birds this morning before the work began. Not as many as I had hoped on the first day. Sat, Sun and Monday are the other days to count. There were 13 different birds. I am amazed sometimes at how many different species live in and around my little back yard. It is all good.
This Christmas gift has finally opened, well not quite fully. I love the deep red of an Amaryllis. Like Witt I took a walkabout today and found a clump of yellow, white and purple crocus. They always surprise me. There are daffy's putting up bids now. I brought several inside to see if they will come out indoors unless I plucked them too soon.
There are several other bulbs putting up an inch or two of growth. The Firecracker bulb is one of them and that is surprising but the green dies down before the flower comes up in the summer. Bulbs why don't we plant more of them?