These little peckers are eating me out of house and home!

In the meantime… before the nasty freezing rain came, there was some sunshine.


Penjing goes out now when the temps rise and there is sun.

Penjing’s much larger cellmate, the Jasmine Tree, has a few blossoms.  Very fragrant in the house.

Soon they will be released from strict winter captivity.

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  1. RichR says:

    I planted some Jasmine this year, too. It gives a nice fragrance while I tend to the vegetable garden.

  2. Nice to see Penjing again!

  3. Martin says:

    If Penjing is not careful, he could have a great fall! =p

  4. Mike D. says:

    Father, I have one small bird feeder in front of my house that is attacked
    every day by 25-35 sparrows, a few doves, a couple of pigeons, and one squirrel.
    I fill it every morning when I first get up and by lunchtime, or sooner, it’s
    empty. I can’t imagine how you keep up with that horde you have.

  5. A Random Friar says:

    Squirrels can sometimes be “distracted” from your feeders by nuts and dried corn on the cob set aside near the feeder, then move it bit by bit away. Doves/pigeons prefer to feed on flat/ground areas, so scattering a little on the ground for them works as well.

  6. Mike: I can’t imagine how you keep up with that horde you have.

    I barely do. Though yesterday I found a new local source for seed. I have been buying it at a Walmart, where it was cheapest. But I found a small, independent wild bird store opened optimistically by a woman a few months ago. With an annual membership I will get a 15% discount on the seed which will bring the price below that of Walmart and pay for itself pretty soon. I would also much rather support a small business, especially in this environment. Also, I learned some useful things from the owner, who is a true fanatic.

  7. irishgirl says:

    Nice picture of the jasmine blossom-looks like a miniature Easter lily!

    I used to have a standup bird feeder in my backyard, and after filling it in the morning, the birds and squirrels would have a feeding frenzy! I had to go out and fill it again! And that was hard when the snowdrifts were deep!

    But it’s nice to hear the birds singing-a cardinal was singing its brains out when I left my house this morning!

    Are you in Minnesota, Fr. Z ? You’re not in any danger from the Red River rising, are you?

  8. Gave a little … maybe a bird or two will benefit :-)

  9. A Random Friar says:

    Those “sock feeders” look cheap, but thistle (nyjer) is not only an expensive seed, but finches eat like mad!

    Finches:thistle::teenagers:pizza or piranhas::a wounded animal.

  10. Random Friar: Finches:thistle::teenagers:pizza


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