Monday, 9 June 2014

Lilacs and Rose Breasted Grosbeaks

First Bouquet From the Garden

Lilacs are very common here in the country.  Just about every farm house has a tree or two sprouting their blooms this time of year.  There are three on this property and everyone oohs and aahs over the deep violet one.  Its blooms are such striking shades of rosy purples and it stands out in the middle of a field of wild grass. I've noticed though that it is sparser in the number of blossoms it produces.  The two paler flowering lilacs are always quite loaded down but not the violet one.   All smell heavenly.

I'm happy to share this photo with you.  It is the male and female rose breasted grosbeaks visiting one of the front feeders in early evening.  They came as a pair regularly for over a week and now are taking turns coming for very quick visits.  I hope that means they have their brood laid and are taking turns sitting.  I deliberately changed from the niger seed back to sunflower after looking it up and finding out they prefer the sunflower seeds.  Anything to help another little bird family get by. 
With rising temperatures, I have filled the bird bath and the robins have been the first to take a dip.  I will try to catch them in the act and hopefully get a photo to share with you.

Hope everything is blooming and chirping wherever you are!