We had our first frost last night, so we fired up the pellet stove. It was nice to wake up in a house that wasn't chilly. Those in-between days when it is pretty cold at night but hit mid-sixties in the day are challenging, too warm for the pellet stove and too cold to be comfortable.
I did my final harvest of warm season veggies last night in anticipation of the frost.
I'm looking out those exposed windows to the bird feeder, which I just filled for the first time this season about two days ago. The chickens love whatever the squirrels spill, but the wild birds have not yet discovered it. I hope we have the variety that we had in the past year the usual chickadees, robins,
sparrows, blue jays, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, juncos, wrens, then there
are (spring and summer) bluebirds (they like the posts we put in for the blackberries), blue
gray gnat catchers (had to look them up, again spring/summer), Baltimore orioles, flickers, red bellied
woodpeckers, pileated woodpeckers, mockingbirds, catbirds, brown thrashers, and when a deer
gets hit on the road (they have a crossing nearby) the black and turkey
vultures (nasty, stinky things), oh yeah, wild turkeys (mom and five
babies). Then, of course, we have mammals deer, bunnies, a big possum, saw a fox
once, a bazillion moles that make the lawn squishy. The moles are the reason
some of the hawks (red tailed and red shouldered) come--they sit on the "lawn" and wait--then pounce on a
mole when it comes up). Nasty little moles ate the roots of my parsley! Go Hawks!
other day in the back yard we had two deer, a crow and a bunny all
just sitting on the lawn near each other, my husband said that it looked like it was an idyllic scene straight
out of an old Disney movie and that we should hear perky music in the
background. Much of the land around us platted for development and now
the recession is easing the 500K houses are going in, so our wildlife
refuge of a backyard will probably be short lived.
Time to fill the feeder, I hope the squirrels will save a little for the birds today.