Gardening and Birdsong

20140409-124800.jpgThis morning Hubby and I hooked the small dump bed to the back of the lawn tractor and headed for the garden beds to get them weeded and ready for planting.  The garden did very well last year and I made a real effort to keep up with it–weeding almost daily. I’m so looking forward to this year’s harvest, but first things first. While we were pulling away at the weeds we heard a beautiful birdsong–one that made us both stop what we were doing and start looking around. Of course, I left my binoculars in the house and after straining to see what it was for a few minutes, I ran inside to get them.  At first we thought it was a Bob White Quail, but the song was too melodic. I was thinking Meadowlark, but still wasn’t sure.

That area behind the fence (see above photo) is part of our property we’ve let naturalize. We stopped mowing it about four years ago and the birds and other small wildlife–rabbits, field mice and the occasional coyote enjoy it now. A few Eastern Red Cedars, wildflowers and grasses have taken root and we are happy to provide the habitat for the animals.

After a few hours, we had the beds cleared and ready. We need to do some board replacements on a few of the beds and one of the beds settled quite a bit so it will need filled with some soil.  I’m hoping to get some seeds in the ground before Easter–cool season crops for now like lettuce, carrots and radishes.

We finished our clean up and enjoyed the chorus of Red Winged Black Birds, House Finches, Robins and our new mystery bird. Hubby took the tractor to the back of our property to dump the debris and at last got a close up look at the bird–not one, but two! I did a little research and we confirmed it was two Eastern Meadowlarks–a male and a female.  I didn’t get any pictures of them, but if you go to this link at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s website, you can see and hear it for yourself:  All About Birds.

What a great way to start the season–with gardening and birdsong! 🙂

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