Sweet Little Sparrows in the Barberry Bush

On a mild weekend day…admiring the privet bush berries:

privet bush berries

Birds land in the crabapple tree and peck at the remaining fruit…

crabapple mid dec

With all the leaves and most of the berries eaten by the birds, I found a little nest in the barberry  bush.

nest in barberry bush

That nest reminded me of a flock of sparrows enjoying the berries last month. I had heard a tap-tap-tap and when I investigated, two juvenile sparrows were pecking at the dining room windows. ( I had cleaned them recently. )

I moved very slowly around the room and got the camera out. There was a small flock in the barberry bush next to the dining room, enjoying the berries; here are the photos. My favorite is the first one. Isn’t she the sweetest little thing?

Little sparrow

sparrow in barberry bush

A few shots are of the birds in the Rose of Sharon bush, next to the Barberry…

sparrow camo brown

sparrow blue background

sparrow nice frontal closeup

sparrow reaching for berry

These were all taken through the window. The little birds were too busy feasting to be bothered by me.  See the berry juice on the beak? :)

sparrow with berry juice on beak

sparrows 3 pics collage

I hope that you enjoyed these as much as I did taking them and editing…sparrows often seem quite plain in relation to other birds but I like to think that some of these were the babies being raised in nests around my house this summer and they are so darn cute !

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outdoor randoms…

view out the window

A few outdoor randoms :  That’s the  view from my dining room window at the moment.  The barberry bush is full of thorns and a pain ( literally ) to trim when needed but for the rest of the year, I enjoy the various hues. In the winter it has tiny red berries. The bush next to it is a Rose of Sharon that will display purple blooms later on. Between the two is a little rose bush.

barberry closeup

The first daylily, sweet alyssum finally starting to bloom, and spirea.

flowers collage June 11

While they are not blooming yet, the seeds that I started in pots and placed in the garden cart ( a bargain buy at a used items sale ) are coming up nicely.

garden cart side view

Not too far behind me, from where I took this shot, a family of sparrows is growing. See their nest HERE.   So while I compost other things,  if I am cutting up strawberries or cooking some corn, what I do with the strawberry tops and the cobs is….I leave a bit for the birds. I don’t compost those. I don’t want my dogs to get the cobs in the back yard, so I just throw them out in a small area in the front yard, right around where that cart is located. Within an hour or so the birds have all visited and had their corn on the cob and strawberry tops for dinner and picked it all clean.

If you have little squirrels in your neighborhood, you can do the same with stone fruit. Leave a bit and throw it out. I have to smile when I later see the peach pit completely cleaned off on my front porch step, meaning a squirrel brought it up there to eat and I suppose he left it for me to see as a ‘thank you’. : )

sparrow and corn collage

sparrow and corn

While the shots above show a few sparrows, there are also starling families nesting in my gutters and those parents soon joined in the feast.

Let’s talk about  VINES! I have so many weed-vines each year to deal with…some are pretty when they bloom but they must come out. This one has come up close to the area when I park my car every year, and I faithfully pull it out from amongst the Russian Sage and Daylilies.  I was mowing the grass the other day and noticed that half the privet bush in the back was blooming  a bit early and quite the wrong color. The vine was showing up there now.

Weed vine though the blooms are pretty

There is another vine on one side of the front of the house that’s been a menace for the last two years and prior to that I had bindweed take over and kill a beautiful clematis.  Yes at one point, I’d grown this here….but she’s no more.

In the back, the flowers and vegetables in pots and raised beds are doing well thus far. I mentioned in a previous post that I was quite happy to have a nice yield of strawberries from one of these beds. I’ve also had a few salads from the lettuce there.  One or two of the tomato plants actually have small tomatoes starting.

vegetables and flowers starting to grow June 11

When I think of summer tomatoes down the line…I can hardly wait :) And so far, it appears as if the cucumber plants are happy and I will have plenty of cukes for pickles down the line.

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