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New Life Abounds
June 24, 2019
Hi,

Like turning on a switch.

The first official day of summer (June 21), and instant summer weather.

The forecast for all of this week are temperatures in the 80's F. 

Flowers and vegetable gardens are still a couple weeks behind a normal growing season.

You notice the weeds are still on schedule, however.

Because of heavy rain and flooding, many a farmer will not have a crop this year.

With floods earlier this year in the Midwest, expect to pay a difference at the grocery store this year.

Graduation open-houses are done.

Only one more wedding to attend.

My oldest grand daughter is getting married in three more weeks :-)

We picked up the new handicapped fitted van for Yolanda last week Tuesday.

(A Northern Flicker, now you know why Eastern flickers are often called Yellow Shafted Flickers. Western Flickers sport a Red shaft.)

I digress ......

This is one of the reasons for so many recent appointments, etc.

No fault insurance (catastrophic fund), in Michigan pays for all auto accident related needs.

That is until our wonderful people in Lansing decided to do away with this fund (pretty much), in a couple more years.

We voted on this several years ago and now legislators and our governor take it away.

I better not get started on this, I get too angry.

In a couple of weeks, work should start on a more user friendly emergency exit for Yolanda as well. 

Again, no fault insurance, catastrophic fund.

This too has made for appointments, stuck at home, and other stuff.

(A feeder hangs above this squirrel that gleans amongst the flowers.)

Not to mention a week or more of the home being a mess.

It may sound like I'm complaining.

Not really, more like reality and keeping you up to speed on us. 

Prayerfully, Karen and I can get
our few day sabbatical in late July (like always).

Some life in the gardens.

Enjoy.

This is why, or at least one of the reasons Why I enjoy 'Gardening for Wildlife'.With the right habitat, God's creatures will come.

Birds bring year round activity and it isn't simply for the feeders.

I may not Northern Cardinals or other birds that nest in my yard every year, but they sure know where to bring the fledglings.

Check out this beautiful fledgling cardinal.

Notice how the crest is standing tall.

The sheer beauty of a young bird.

A few minutes later, it was joined by dad and a quick meal.

Juvenile cardinals look much like females except for the coloration of their bills and legs.

The gray coloration of bill and legs will remain until their first molt, which typically takes place in late summer through Autumn.

During his time, bills and legs will turn to the familiar red/orange.

Because no cardinals staked claim to my yard (territorial rights), I have several cardinals that continue to visit and I've seen at least three different feeding dads and fledglings at the same time.

A few minutes later, it was joined by dad and a quick meal.

Juvenile cardinals look much like females except for the coloration of their bills and legs.

The gray coloration of bill and legs will remain until their first molt, which typically takes place in late summer through Autumn.

During his time, bills and legs will turn to the familiar red/orange.

Because no cardinals staked claim to my yard (territorial rights), I have several cardinals that continue to visit and I've seen at least three different feeding dads and fledglings at the same time.

(Baby Chickadees)

Young vocal robins are plentiful as well.

At the bottom of this letter you will see a fledged robin napping one minute and waking up in the next photo.

The Black-capped chickadees even beat me to cleaning out the nest box.

This pair or another pair of chickadees, pulled out the old nest and left it on the ground and have started a new clutch.

This doesn't happen that often in northern climates.

This is why Chickadees will typically have a large clutch of 5 to 8 eggs and sometimes more.

When babies fledge, they have a nice wildlife garden to forage in and find plenty of protection.

Young birds, butterflies, chipmunks, toads, bees and other creatures will keep me entertained for the season and beyond.

One thing I can do without, is the huge influx of starlings and House sparrows.

Remember to keep your hummer feeders filled and cleaned everycouple of days in the warmer weather.

You may want to keep feeders fresh everyday when temperatures get above 90 degrees.

Offer fresh water for your birds and other wildlife.

We have four birdbaths, plus a ground level water source. 

Over kill?

Maybe, but birds and small critters know where to get a drink.

Another reason why we never lack for birds.

Water can attract birds quicker than your feeders.

Birds have keen eyesight, and hearing.

They can spot and hear water from a distance.

Water sources for your farm animals, pets and wildlife needs to be clean and fresh as well.

As weather heats up, it is so important to keep an eye on your livestock and pets.

I know, we can forget sometimes, I'm reminding you to keep water fresh.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

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

"Posterity!
You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make good use of it"! - letter to Abigail Adams, April 26, 1777

John Adams (1735-1826) Second U.S. President

AMEN.

May we become God fearing, God loving nations once again.

"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land".

2 Chronicles 7:14

"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.



A Blessed week to you .

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson



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