[gardeners] Birds

George Shirley (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 19 Apr 1998 10:46:04

The neighbors bird feeder had a couple of exotics on it this morning. The
Indigo Buntings are passing through and were feeding and a new species to
add to my life list - Purple Finches! First time I've seen them although
they are supposed to be indigenous to this area. Sparrow sized birds where
the male has a raspberry colored flush to his head, shoulders, and stomach.
The female looks similar to a sparrow except more slender. Just a pair of
them but my first.

The sun came out! Looks like the rains are through for a few days. Have
been out dumping excess water from some of the pot saucers and flats. Also
picked up a small loquat tree that a friend had potted and didn't want. The
seeds of the loquat that I planted haven't sprouted yet but if they do I
shall have more loquat trees than I need. Oh well, the daughter can take
the excess to her acreage.