Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Photos And Words On A Wednesday

Roger looked out the sliding door to the yard and said, "There are so many feathers falling from the sky, you've got to see this." We walked outside and the yard had feathers everywhere. There were other doves on the wires behind the house and none seemed alarmed. We have no idea how or why feathers tumbled from the sky to us. These came to rest at the top of our summer peas.
 The swallows decided on Tuesday that they should start building a nest right next to our front door. We told them "no," and deterred them by hanging things that we knew they wouldn't like. This is the look we got. We said, "Sorry, we understand it's a great spot, but no nest here by the door, thank you."
The house next door to us has been vacant for five (or more) years. The rainy winter and spring brought forth a new burgeoning ecosystem that the birds, butterflies, and critters all seem to enjoy. I have dreams of the blackberry vines going up over the roof. It really could happen!

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  1. The phoebe nest by my cabin door makes my coming and going problematic (for the phoebe and her chicks). I hope you've dissuaded the swallows.

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    1. paul-- Yes, I think we have dissuaded them from building their nest here. I wish we could have accommodated them, they traveled so far to get here, but there are plenty of other places to build...like the house next door!

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  2. You've heard the saying “When angels are near feathers appear?” Ha! They must have been all over the place.

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    1. Colette-- I've never heard that saying, but there were plenty of feathers around.

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  3. That's a great shot of the swallow! As for blackberries, I'm glad you don't mind them and the critters that come with them. We have blackberries in a corner of our back garden (I keep them for cereal!) and boy, are those vines aggressive.

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    1. Steve-- We are not big fans of blackberries growing madly like this, but I do appreciate it from a "look over the fence" perspective. They really are incredibly invasive and aggressive. We cut them down here all the time. The critters we see most often are the neighborhood cats.

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  4. I need more sparrows around my place. The mosquitos are murder this year.

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    1. Dave-- Do the swallows come as far north as Alaska? I'll have to check their range map. We have mosquitoes here, but I haven't seen any for a while. Mmmm.... the swallows are doing their job.

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  5. House finches always want to nest in the hanging plants on my front porch. I have a hard time saying no. How is it that a house like that can stay vacant for so long??

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    1. Sharon-- It is hard to say "no" to nestbuilders, but we caught these two right in the very beginning of applying mud to outside wall. The house was owned by an older couple who had no children. After they both died, a niece inherited it. She lives out of the area and never travels to see it. There are other relatives in the area, but the house has been unattended to for quite some time. I don't know how anyone could just abandon a house like this. It's such a nice quiet little neighborhood, but there it is, a little ongoing science experiment.

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  6. How come the place is empty, people over here want to sell their houses not let them go to rack & ruin. I'd be looking out for all types of critters there

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    1. Bill-- The house was inherited by someone who does not live in the area. She never comes up to see how things are going. There are other family members who live closer and who are concerned, but so far no one has done anything.

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  7. Hi Robin, sadly we tend to find no feathers in the yard on a frequent basis. We have an aggressive hawk in the area who seems to know we have bird feeders.
    So sad about the house. I never understand why people just leave houses to go to rack and ruin. Why the heck doesn't she just sell it???
    Have a great rest of the week!
    Robin

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    1. Robin-- This was the first time we had feathers and watched them fall from the sky. I'm glad we got to see that, or I would've thought it was one of the cats that brought it down. Interestingly, none of the other doves reacted. Mmmm? We are really surprised to see the yard go into decline like this.

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  8. Hum, I see the occasional Dove feather but nothing like you are having. Well if there are cats in that jungle next door, perhaps any nasty critters like rats are kept down. You have your own rain forest across the fence.

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    1. Patti-- It was good to know the feathers fell from the sky. It helped to alleviate our concern that the feathers left behind were the work of a cat. We're hoping that the cats are keeping down the rodent population and leaving the birds alone.

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  9. A rain of feathers. That's one to remember.

    Leah's parents' house sat for two or three years before her brother finally got serious about selling it. We tried to keep it up. Neglect will turn a house into a something that's ultimately fit only to be demolished. It's especially dangerous to neglect a house in a rainy climate.

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    1. Mark-- It's so true about neglect. Sometimes we wonder what the inside of that house is like now. Ugh. I don't know how people can just let a house go into decline. This is a seller's market here, they could really sell it in a minute. The longer they wait the worse it's going to be. Really a shame.

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  10. I love blackberries, but hate the plant itself. Once as a young lad I crashed my bicycle into a big jumble of blackberries. It took my granny quite a while to get me out of there. I was bleeding from about a hundred places.

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    1. Pat-- We love blackberries too, but not so much the thorny brambles of a overgrown patch like this. It's interesting watch them take over this yard.

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