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Love Is In The Air
March 12, 2018

'Daylight Saving Time'.

I love it.

The state of Florida is close to signing a bill to keep Day Light Saving Time , year round.

Most of Arizona and Hawaii. ignore it all together.

Oh well, I look forward to more daylight on the PM side.

By Saturday, March 17, many will be 'Irish' for a day.

Happy Saint Patty's Day To Ya.

Instead of 'corned beef, and cabbage', Karen was looking for other options this year.

What about you?

Any special plans?

Pictured is a Tom Turkey.

Notice how the Wattle is turning a bright red and the face is turning blue.

These are Breeding colors that are beginning to manifest on the Toms.

Below is Sophie in Yolanda's wheelchair, and the pooches sitting in my chair.

You may spot Miss Penny in the upper right hand corner with Sophie.

We are approaching a busy time of year, for most of us.

Seeds to start indoors, and maybe in the gardens.

Prep work for so many tasks ahead.

Many of us experienced some bad weather this winter.

Tree and bush damage can occur when we have heavy snows, ice and high winds.

Now is the ideal time to prune and trim trees etc. that have some winter damage.

While you're at it, feel free to prune off excessive growth.

You know, the branches that are rubbing or to close to each other.

Branches that form a "Y" or a weak crotch is trouble in the making. If possible, remove one of the branches now to help grow a sturdy and strong single branch and lateral trunk.

Tree wounds will heal rather quickly (no need for sealants), and with cool temperatures, insects and disease aren't an issue right now.

Sometimes we must show some tough love on our plants.

They will thank you later.

Longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures get the hormones moving.

I witness rabbits and squirrels in pairs, and a bit frisky.

Length of day sets the world of birds in a hormonal rage.

Love is in the air.


Be quiet.

Step outside and listen.

Listen to all of those birds out there.

Most the birds around you are in song, or at least making noise.

Love Is In The Air.

Woodpeckers are singing and pecking away.

From the screams of the Northern Flicker, to the softer calls of the Downy and Red-Belly woodpeckers.

If you live in a house with cedar siding or a log cabin, woodpeckers can be a problem.

Sometimes woodpeckers will bang away on aluminum siding and metal flashing.

Yep, anything to drum up a lady, or rekindle a romance (many species mate for life, so to speak).

Those raging hormones................

When woodies become a problem, get some bird netting and drape it from your roof down the side of your house.

Bird netting is also a great way to keep cardinals and other birds from attacking your windows and bird crashes in general.

the netting is only unsightly from close up, but can save you a boat load in repairs.

Do you have dead trees (snags) nearby?

Let them stand if they are out of harms way.

Dead trees provide food for several species of birds.

Birds like woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice, chickadees and others will nest in snags.

I digress.

Love Is In The Air.

Listen to the other birds in song.

Cardinals have been singing for weeks now and are getting more vocal.

With cardinals, both male and female sing and have a few different songs they make.

Not just the male as is the case with most birds.

Black capped chickadees are in song with the familiar FEE-BEE, plus the familiar chicka-dee-dee-dee.

Again, this has been going on for weeks.

Chickadees also make different gurgling sounds too.

Don't you just love to listen to the spring fever in birds.

Male robins and Red-winged blackbirds Meadow larks and more will show up a good two, to three weeks before the females.

Singing from tree tops, facing the sun to show off their bright colors.

Not only do you hear territorial songs, you can also witness the birds tussling, or fighting for a territory.

Robins have no less than seven different sounds or calls.

From tree top romance singing, to I'm mad, to warning calls, and more.

As you can see, It's not just men that become crazy fools when a lady is around.

May I say that :-)

It is all of creation.

Even species of birds that mate for life go through courtship, it strengthens the bond the pair has.

Males not only woo, and romance the the ladies, (gotta look good).

Song and posturing also stakes claim to a territory, and warns off other land grabbers, and would be suitors.

When another male enters
the confines, a scrap ensues.

Squawks, talons, flapping wings, often followed by a chase.

A vast majority of the time, the original stake holder wins, while the wannabe flies off.

(If there is a box, you will find Miss Penny and Sophie.)

Hummingbirds are on the move.

Again, the males are the first to arrive.

Staking claims, and again facing the sun to show off the brilliant Gorget (pronounced Gor-Jet), and spectacular Arial displays.

Displays used in aggression,
and used in courtship.

You may also hear a peep along with the sounds of flapping wings.

In the deep south, many species of birds have already mated and eggs have been laid (in many cases).

Bluebirds, robins and others are sitting on the clutch.

In in the North country, courtship is really beginning.

If you didn't clean out nest boxes last fall, you still have time (if you are in the northern regions).

Don't be in a hurry to rake up leaf litter and flower beds.

Both hold food sources for birds.

Both provide nesting materials for many species of backyard birds.

Here is a tip for folks with nest boxes attached to any kind of pole (metal, or wood).

Nail, screw, or duct tape, carpet tack board, to the poles at least three feet from the box down the pole.

Do this on all sides of the pole.

This works wonders for Bluebird trails, and even the single box in a backyard.

'Carpet Tack Board', are those long, thin pieces of wood that have hundreds of sharp little nails sticking from one side to keep the carpet in place.

These hundreds of sharp nails will shred the belly of a snake if it stays in pursuit.

They will also do a prickly number on the feet of any four footed pirate.

A bit of effort to save your birds and eggs, but well worth the effort.

Love Is In The Air.

Listen as you step outside.

Do you hear a familiar peep or song?

The neotropical birds are on the move too.

Perhaps the Tree swallows are nearby.

What about the orioles?

Like Sandhill cranes, I always hear the orioles first, than I can spot them.

It doesn't get much better than this....

Stepping outside on a March morning, a fresh blanket of snow may cover the ground, the morning sun is rising.

A rush of cold air hits your face.

At the same time the warmth of the sun also embraces you with a 'Good Morning World'.

God's orchestra is in full symphony mode.

No longer a cacophony of sounds, but a well orchestrated, musical crescendo.

Say, Cornell has this Free app for you to download.

Merlin All About Bird songs.

A good 2,000 bird songs and calls to help you out.

Here is another tidbit.

It seems that many species of our birds have slightly different dialects, or accents to their song and sounds.

Over this vast continent, there are a few different languages, but several different accents, depending on where you live.

This also holds true for many species of birds that cover many regions.

A Blue jay in Virginia has a slightly different sound than a /blue Jay in Michigan, or Wisconsin.

A black-capped chickadee has a slightly different language and pitch, than the same species in Ontario and Maine.

I find this interesting, yet say "Why Not, we have a pretty awesome God".

Go ahead, step out and feel, hear, and breathe, what 'Nature' is sharing with you.

Close your eyes and feel the warmth, breathe in the late winter/early spring air.

Listen to the birds.

How many individual species can you pick out?

Well, it is time to fly for now.

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

God Bless.

“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy lies in not having any goals to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream.”

Dr. Benjamin Mays (1894 - 1984)

God's word for you

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”

Jeremiah 29:11.

"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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