Sunday, April 6, 2008

News from the Yard...

The feeders are back up! It was a tough week for BirdCouple.

Due to a nasty case of conjunctivitis that Warren found in our Goldfinch population, we took down all the feeders for over a week.

After a good scrubbing and a little bleach, the feeders returned to their usual spots yesterday.

Our friend, Shawn, who is trained in veterinary medicine, commented that conjunctivitis is usually seen in animals with a vitamin A deficiency. Try dried fruits, said Shawn.

Our peanut feeder now contains a small serving of the most delicious (and low sodium) of all trail mixes, Trader Joe's Antioxidant Trail Mix. Get better neighborhood finches!

Of course, as soon as the feeders came out, so did our Wingscapes BirdCam. It was a rainy cold Sunday, so the lighting was not optimal, but I really missed our favorite toy.
BirdCam lay face up indoors for a week where it caught some interesting and unsuspecting pictures of the daily life of BirdCouple.

I love this moment.

Cute Husband is checking off the new life bird (Virginia Rail) we saw last weekend to his old field guide from 1988. Freak that I am, I missed BirdCam bird pictures so much that I tried the device out on my bee hive. I'll need to work on placement for optimal focus, but it was interesting seeing the increase in activity as the day warmed and the bees started foraging.

Speaking of bees... my first hive (Athena) survived the winter and is bustling with activity. So much activity, that I am now worried about swarming. Athena's bees are bringing in early pollen and the queen is laying. Our major nectar flow is still weeks away, but during the last peek inside, I saw honey stores, pollen and brood.


Yesterday, my Dad and I picked up our packaged bees for our second hives. I had hoped to install my second hive with a friend (and future beeman), Shawn on Sunday, but the weather looked bad, so hive #2 (Diana) went into their new home yesterday.

Hopefully, Diana's bees are now in the process of getting to know and love their queen.

No bees out and about today. Rainy and only 40 degrees in Naptown.

And, I have completely lost it.

I was actually thinking about putting a Bee Gees song to finish out my beatitude about the bees....

Oh, what the heck...

Whether you're a brother or whether you're a mother, You're stayin' alive, stayin' alive. Feel the city breakin' and everybody shakin', people, Stayin' alive, stayin' alive.

Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive, stayin' alive. Ah, ha, ha, ha, stayin' alive.

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