Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Dinner

Our wildlife friends enjoyed a nice Easter Dinner today as well, thanks to my husband and daughter who filled all the feeders for them yesterday.  

My husband captured some great shots today, here you see Mr. Cardinal - our dear friend and long-time neighbor - having a feast of sunflower seeds.
Mr. Squirrel, though technically uninvited, continues to come for dinner anyway!  Neither dogs barking at the window nor feral/neighbor cats nor my husband cranking open the window and hissing at him seem to have much effect.  In spite of his having broken my outrageously expensive Christmas gift cottage house feeder, I've given in...after all, squirrels have to eat, too.
Look closely, this is our first beautiful goldfinch of the season, right in the middle of the branch.  They are so bright and colorful.

Not captured on film today (well, not really film, either!), were a scrub jay (similar to a blue, but without the white markings on its wings.  We also had titmice, sparrows, house finches,  and wrens.  I think that the cliff swallows have come to reclaim their nest on the front porch because spots of bird poop appeared today just under the nest.  I'll have to keep an eye out for them - last year someone had two sets of babies up there and it was a joy to watch them grow up and learn to fly on their own.

Happy Easter to all~

8 comments:

Carol said...

Yes, I wish I had only chocolate bunnies sitting around the garden like statues, waiting to indulge me when I crave chocolate, every five minutes.

I scared up a rabbit out of the front bed tonight and chased it away. He (or she) was probably eating the fresh young tulip leaves!

Happy Easter,
Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Pam/Digging said...

Your feathered and even the furry visitors are so cute. Happy Easter! Enjoy those chocolate bunnies.

Diana said...

So sorry, Carol, your tale conjures up images of Peter Rabbit in my head :-o And we know you have the hoes to chase after him with, just like Mr. McGregor!

Pam - we just put our daughter to bed and raided the extra chocolates leftover in the Target bag!

Anna said...

You are one interesting person. I read your blurp about what all you've accomplished and was impressed. I can see your humor comes from living a good productive life!! Bravo for you. I enjoyed your blog today.

kate smudges said...

Hi Diana,

Happy Easter to you! I love the picture of your daughter with the Easter bunny chocolate. It's great to see the cardinal and the finch - both beautiful birds!

Giving in is probably the best thing with squirrels ... they seem to gain the upper hand no matter what measures a gardener resorts to. As long as they leave food for the birds ...

Have a good week!

Yolanda Elizabet said...

It's nice to see so many feathered friends and some furry garden friends too having a snack in your garden.

Enjoy those chocolate bunnies, I'll be enjoying my bread bunnies and chocolate eggs! :-)

Diana said...

Anna - thanks for visiting and the kind comments. Never a dull moment in my world - I like the rollercoaster of life approach! Hope you'll come back again. I read your blog and laughed at the African Violet soil story. You just gotta shake your head sometimes!

Kate - yes - giving in to the squirrels is the inevitable. And it's so much less painful than beating your head against the trees!

Yolanda - a friend brought me a bunny bread, too, that we enjoyed with yesterday's ontbijt. It was smakelijk! Happy Spring - and I love your blog, by the way.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Those rascally squirrels are a bother. They don't pay much attention to us either. Now Vinny gets their attention. They haven't been around a few days since he was here to chase them. They will figure out he is gone now and come back to the feeders.