Archive for June, 2014

Update on Carolina Wren nest

I have disappointing news regarding my Carolina Wren’s nest and her young.  Yesterday, the baby bird that had hatched died.  After checking the two eggs that were still in the nest, I realized that these eggs should have hatched by now and did not.  Needless to say, the eggs were not going to hatch.  I had noticed that after the baby bird died, the mother and father had abandoned the nest and did not come back.

I don’t know whether to destroy the nest or leave it there for next year or perhaps they will come back and lay more eggs this year.  I think I will leave the nest there for a while and see what happens.



Well, it is always nice to be more informed on the nature in your surroundings.  I found out today that it is not a plain sparrow who has built a nest on my deck but rather a Carolina Wren.  Actually Carolina Wrens pair up and both male and female birds take care of their nest.  So, those tiny chicks that hatched yesterday on my deck are in fact Carolina Wrens.  This makes watching these baby birds grow so much more interesting!



Today, I heard a little tweeting noise coming from the sparrow’s nest on my deck.  I put my ear closer to the nest which is in a basket that I have hanging on my deck house wall.  Yes, I was sure I heard the noise.  So, I moved slowly some of the artificial flowers and out came the mother sparrow.  Okay, good now I can try to take a look down the nest.  Yes, I saw a baby sparrow with its mouth wide open making a peeping noise!  Now, I am not sure if it is just one baby or more than one (there were three eggs) but it sure sounds like more than one baby.

I can’t take pictures yet, as these babies are too far down the nest but I am sure as they grow I will be able to provide you with some pictures.  Stay tuned!

Well, today is June 23, 2014 and the progress in my deck garden is lovely to see.  I also took a few pictures of my lipstick plant because it looks so pretty.  I took a few closeups of the tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers that are growing on my plants.

I hope you enjoy these pictures.


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Thank you!

I want to thank everyone who enjoyed reading my post on the sparrow bird’s nest and eggs on my deck.

The sparrow has been sitting on her eggs and is quite camouflaged from the world.  She does not seem to be bothered by two barking dogs or noise of any kind on the deck.  I believe that she thinks her nest is quite safe.

I will keep you informed on the development of these eggs and hopefully will be able to provide pictures once the eggs have hatched.




Well, I was wondering why I had on pesky sparrow hanging around my deck that even my dogs could not scare away.  She became pretty vocal yesterday nattering away as if to give me shit and that the deck was her home.

I found out why today when after looking everywhere on my deck for a nest I finally found her hiding spot above my deck table within a basket that I have some artificial flowers and vines.  She had weaved a pretty big nest out of leaves and other things and within that nest were three eggs.  She is now sitting in that nest for the night.  It should be pretty interesting watching those eggs hatch and watching the baby birds grow as I really have a “birds eye” view from my deck table.  Here is a picture of where this sparrow chose to build her nest and lay her eggs.

I will definitely be posting the progress with hopefully some more pictures.





Deck Garden June 19, 2014

Here is what my deck garden looks like to-date.  I tried to take a picture of my first cucumber; not sure if you will be able to see it.  DSCF0334 DSCF0335 DSCF0336 DSCF0337 DSCF0338 DSCF0339 DSCF0340 DSCF0341 DSCF0342 DSCF0343 DSCF0344 DSCF0345 DSCF0346 DSCF0347 DSCF0348 DSCF0349 DSCF0350 DSCF0351 DSCF0352 DSCF0353 DSCF0354 DSCF0355 DSCF0356 DSCF0357 DSCF0358 DSCF0359 DSCF0360 DSCF0361 DSCF0362 DSCF0363 DSCF0364 DSCF0365 DSCF0366 DSCF0367 DSCF0368 DSCF0369

I have also included pictures of my lipstick plant showing the flowers in “lipstick” bloom!  My tomato plants all have flowers and my pepper plants also have flowers.  My chive plant has bloomed already and I have been eating lettuce, chives, and green onions for over a month now.



Hi there, well most of my plants and flowers on my decks are doing great.  My tropical plants and my hibiscus have suffered a bit from the rather cold spring but I am sure that they will bounce back when the humid hot weather arrives.  I have two new plants, a citronella and a honeysuckle which is just starting to open its flowers.  So between these two new plants and my lavender and jasmine, my deck should smell pretty good this summer.  I have eaten lots of lettuce already and my cucumber plants are coming along and should be climbing soon.  Tomatoes and peppers are also doing great with flowers on both.  You can also see my new Japanese Poppy (bright orange big flower with other buds waiting to bloom)  My sweet peas are growing and will be climbing soon.  Between the sweet peas, moon flowers and other trailing plants, my front deck should look very colorful in the next month or so (depending on our weather)  Enjoy the pictures!



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