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June 02, 2014

Good by May, Hello June.

I've managed to find a few lazy moments tucked in between the business we call the human race.

I want and need more lazy moments.

You too?

The Baby Chickadees will be fledging the nest box any day now.

It will be nice if I can hand feed them like I did a couple years ago (pictured).

It is always a concern of mine when the House wrens appear.

Wrens have no problem killing babies and cleaning house.

A pair of robins have set up nesting right out the front door, above the porch, near all the activity.

Experienced birds seem to do this.

Make a nest near human activity is a form of protection.

(Head and butt pictured at bottom of letter.)

Now I have to make sure I'm not sitting under the nest.

From sage advice from an outsider, Karen and her sister are gong to try to keep mom home for as long as possible.

It looks like 'Angel Care' will soon be involved, possibly a few hours a day.

Mostly for companionship and a few odds things.

Her Senior home provides meals, house keeping, and a nurse (for a fee of course).

To be continued.

Yolanda is doing well.

The fur kids ......... Well, they're fur kids, what do you expect?

The last week of May made up for much of the month's cooler than normal temperatures.

A fabulous week weather wise as we kick of June.

Did any of you catch the news last week?

Not just local news in Michigan, but Brian Williams was showing clips of Lake Superior and the great chunks of ice.

Bathing suit clad people on the beach.

A brave soul dives in between chunks.

A pair of bathing beauties sitting on an ice burg, in bathing suits.

Amazing stuff.

Lake Michigan is still cold enough that Thunderstorms coming from Wisconsin and Illinois, are beaten down to nothing by the time they reach Michigan.

Nature is always full of surprises.

I like it that way, don't you?

The first of a month typically brings a reminder to give your feeders and more so now, your water sources.

Remove your feeders, tear them apart if you can.

Soak in a good cleaning solution, scrub, sanitize, rinse well and allow them to dry before refilling and hanging them out again.

I find that hot water and Oxygen Bleach (Oxi-Clean, etc.) work well as cleaner and sanitizer, with no harmful effects to wildlife or the environment.

Rinse well, it will leave a white residue film, otherwise.

No mess or hull less seed like sunflowers, etc. will go bad quickly in the warm, moist weather.

If your birds aren't emptying your feeders, use less or change to hulled seed for now.

Once the soft meats of seed are exposed to moisture (humidity and rain), they turn rancid.

Sunflower chips will even turn to mush.

Does your Nyjer seed still have a slight shine?

If the Nyjer is dull, or even covered with a white powdery look, it is time to replace it.

Nyjer (not thistle) is a soft shelled seed and goes bad rather quickly as far as seeds go.

Keep Birdbaths and other Water Sources fresh and clean.

A piece of copper pipe will slow down algae, but it doesn't take care of bird droppings.

I find a cap of bleach at dusk will help keep water clean.

No worries, the chlorine has oxidized out over night with no harmful effects.

Besides, a cap diluted wont harm the birds.

(Oak Catkins)

I've been asked several times this year about the abundance of tree seeds popping up everywhere

Why, and what to do about it.

With several new readers and a quick reminder, I'll give a short lesson.

Pay attention now :-)

Much of the Mid-West (including the Great Lakes Region), experienced a pretty serious drought in 2012

(Many in North America are still experiencing an extended drought).

Trees and shrubs were stressed out. Many dropped their foliage early to save moisture and energy.

This all puts the plant life into survival mode.

Not just for the tree/shrub itself, but for the survival of the species.

For a species to survive, it must reproduce.

For most plants, that means copious amounts of seeds the following year.

More cones on your conifers, more helicopters from the maples, more fruits and berries from trees and shrubs that produce fruits.

Surely a few of these seeds will survive a prolonged drought and germinate when the time is right.

Last year, trees like wild dogwood, I have never seen so beautiful as last year (this year not so much).

Ideal growing conditions and we have tree seeds popping up everywhere.

In a prolonged drought, the seed remains dormant.

It's as if God has given plant life a brain.

In a way, He has.

Why else would a plant go into survival mode and know what to do?

If Creation didn't plan on droughts, why give plant life this certain trait?

This past Thursday brought a loud ruckus outside.

I looked up, beyond the trees, and there were at least 30 Canada geese flying around.

Not a V, but a few here and a line there.

Okay, so why aren't these geese in pairs of busy nesting?

Canada geese don't become in a family way until they are two years old.

All these small flocks and groups of geese, are last years babies, or sub adults.

Eventually they will go into hiding while they molt.

Many other birds wait till they are at least two years old to mate.

Purple martins, seagulls, Sandhill cranes, most species of hawks.

Eagles aren't considered mature until they reach 4-5 years of age.

Did you know that Canada's finest was almost hunted into extinction (United States) by the early 1900's?

Efforts to reintroduce the bird have gone beyond success.

In some locations they are now considered pest birds (protected).

The Canada goose was also introduced to Europe and New Zeeland.

I wonder what they think of this.

Enough with Bits-n-Pieces for now.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

God bless.

"If there is one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire better than another, it is a brave man, -- it is the man who dares to look the devil in the face and tell him he is a devil."

James A. Garfield

Not only look the devil in the face, through the power in the name of Jesus we can cause the enemy some pain.

I like that.

Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns."

Matthew 16:23

"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."

John 14:12

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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