Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Wren Update

Saturday the wren continued to enter the porch and I had to open the porch door to get it out.

Sunday morning I watched it outside the screen near the floor of the porch. It then flew up to one of the upper beams and before long it was in. Again!

Dan got out the step ladder Sunday afternoon to see if he could find the spot where the wren was coming in. At the highest point which he reached only by stepping on to the horizontal beams he was rewarded for his effort by discovering a small gap in the netting. The wren could push its way in at that point but not go back out. Dan took a rag and stuffed it in the hole. No wren since then, thank goodness!

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Very Trying Wren

Can you see that tail in the photo above? It's a wren that has been in my screened porch three times today. I've just let it out for the third time as I write this. It was has been a day of dealing with wrens.

This morning I heard a bird singing. I thought it was outside but then I thought maybe in the attic. When I went into the garage I thought I heard the rustle of something: bird or mouse? When I returned from errands an hour later I heard it again and thought I'd seen a flash of something.

Our attic is over top one side of the garage and there's space for a bird to get from one to the other. I left the garage door open and went to the attic but no sign of a bird. Later in the afternoon I was sitting in the loft where the door to the attic is, and heard rustling. I went down and opened the garage door. Then went back up and entered the attic. Sure enough a bird was there, a wren in fact. Too curious for its own good, I bet it got into the garage on Thursday when we were out shoveling snow.

I tried opening the small windows up there but it kept flying back and forth. Finally it went down so I knew it had gone to the garage. I closed the window and checked and no bird was in the garage. It had flown. Good.

Two hours later sitting here at my desk I looked up because of movement that caught my eye. A wren in the screened porch. How can that be?
Our porch has a very high ceiling with lots of beams. I have never had anything besides a few bees and stink bugs get in before. I opened up the door and waited by the window. The wren finally made its way out.


This critter was also making a racket on my beams but not in the porch. He was on one over the deck. Not sure what he was up to.

Not a half an hour later, movement again in the screened porch. The wren had gotten in again! This time I decided maybe it was coming through the hole we have drilled in the floor for the extension cord for the pond pump. To come up through that hole would require going under the porch decking for 10 feet but I don't know where else it could come in. Again the porch door left ajar and the wren left. My other thought was that maybe it was the spouse of the first and they'd both been in. No, I'd have seen two at a time.

Dusk was rapidly approaching when the wren showed up a third time. Now I think there must be a place where the screening is loose and it pushes its way in but can't go out the same way. Where? I don't know. I just hope that it forgets over night that there are tasty spiders in my screened porch and I won't have this problem tomorrow.

The Big Snow!










We got over 12 inches of snow on Wednesday night. As I write this Friday morning (because we lost power for most of the day Thursday) the snow is still plastered to the trees, branches are weighted down, and piles of snow look unchanged. We've had no wind since it fell though during the height of the storm there was wind and lightning and thunder. They called it thunder snow and that's why we got so much in such short a time.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Come Walk in My Woods With Me

We had snow last night, but now the sky is clear. Even though there's a stiff wind it's perfect for a walk in the woods around my house. We'll start off in the perennial garden then head down into the glen, crossing the creek twice. There's lots to see on all sides and even behind us. Let's just walk and absorb the sights.























Here's the driveway. We'll cross it and turn to the north following a deer trail through the woods.




















Here we are back at the house. We'll go in the front door and get warm. Care for a cup of tea?








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