Thursday, July 25, 2013

We have state birds

When we bought the hostas we also bought some hanging plants for the front porch. I don’t know what they were but they had little white flowers.

It has been so hot here that these died on day two – and there were no more little white flowers - but I have continued to water them every day as there are still some green bits poking through the brown.

I keep telling Cate they are OK because if she thinks they are dead she will want to buy some more – and they will also die immediately. I don’t see the point.

Javier has installed the fan – and much to the delight of both of us – did not have to make any holes. I thought this was amazing so asked him to explain to me how he did it. I did not understand what he said – but he impresses me as being very clever. He said he has been doing it for a long time.

I tried a new bird feeder which consists of a solid block of seeds with a cage around it  - so that the squirrels do not have total access. But they called for reinforcements – today there are four – and attacked it with a will.

In the process they dislodged many seeds onto the ground and we now have lots of birds – which I cannot identify – except for the northern cardinal – which is Indiana’s state bird.

I could not get good photo today so will give you one tomorrow. 


  1. The Brolga is our state bird, sounds like a very interesting bird and one I'd like to photograph. Look forward to seeing your photo of the red cardinal...

  2. You sound like you are having a veRy fun time. Cooper and I enjoy most early mornings sitting among the grape vines watching birds, clouds and bugs, while listening to the sounds of suburbia and locomotives imitatively in the far distance rumble like thunderclouds through midtown. I have been hoping that your plants survive better in Indiana versus Wien.

  3. Oh, I forgot to teLL you that a couple weeks ago I was trying to imitate a particular bird, echoing his noise right back at him, sometimes with slight variations. He finaLLy got tired of me and left, and I don't recaLL hearing his distinct patterns since. It was almost nothing like 7th-9th grade choir.

  4. Sandy: I will do my best - I love Brolgas

    esb: Yes it is quite interesting here. I am glad you enjoy quiet time with Cooper - I do this with my cats. I am not good with plants.

    esb: He probably worked out very early that you were not a bird but was just stringing you along.

  5. You will find that virtually every state will claim that the mosquito is their state bird, and people will repeat this as if no one has ever said it before. It's funny exactly once.

  6. Our state bird is the American Robin, had to look that up as I had no idea.

  7. SK Waller: I will try that on the Hoosiers to see if they laugh.

    fmcgmccllc: We should get those here so I will keep watching.

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  9. Our state bird is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. If only they did their job.

    (Sorry for the deleted post. I couldn't--and still cant--get the link to work properly.)