Our Numerous Encounters With a Rather Peculiar Male Cardinal

I must preface this post by saying, I’m not sure if I was attracting a number of male cardinals, but never more than one at any given time, or the same crazy cardinal every time. If the former is true and you’d like to attract male cardinals, then you might try my suggestion mentioned in this post. If the latter is true, then hopefully crazy male cardinals are a common sighting. :)

From our front porch, or as we looked out our kitchen window, we saw a male cardinal perched on our car door ledge, facing the car door window. Both of our vehicles have tinted windows which makes it easy to see your reflection. The bird walked back and forth on the door ledge while staring at his reflection in the window. He intermittently fluttered up a couple inches and then back down onto the ledge.

Then, he became fixated on the door mirror. He would flutter back and forth between the door ledge and the top of the mirror, but mostly he was content to position himself directly in front of the mirror. He would then watch his reflection and “attack” it. This went on for months.

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We finally figured out what he was probably doing. He was a male cardinal, which meant our driveway was his turf. It was his lookout station for all the lady cardinals searching for a handsome mate. Then, some idiot (his reflection) thought he could share the turf with him (the real cardinal). His constant pecking attacks at the mirror were his way of trying to fend off his competition. He just didn’t expect his opponent to stick around so long. No matter how many times he attacked the intruder, the resilient bird just wouldn’t leave!

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Attracting Birds (Homemade and Scavenged Bird Food)

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One of my favorite things to do is sit on our front porch and watch (and listen to) all the birds.

Unless you live in the dessert, having full birdfeeders will almost guarantee you a sight to see.

Here are some super easy bird food recipes for hummingbirds and “regular” song birds.

Hummingbird Food

Ingredients:

- Hot Water
- White Granulated Sugar

I got this recipe years ago from one of my neighbors, Linda. She came across the recipe somewhere, and she shared it with me. Hummingbirds LOVE it, and it’s so easy to make.

I’m in my third year of using this recipe, and this year has been the BEST. In the past two years, I usually only had, at the most, three(?) hummingbirds. I’ve got a lot more now! :) So, pray, keep trying, and be patient.

Instructions:

  1. Fill a pan (any pan) about half* full with water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Reduce temperature to a simmer.
  4. Pour an equal amount of table sugar into the pan, and stir until it melts.
  5. Bring the mixture to a short boil again.
  6. Turn off heat, and allow mixture to cool.
  7. Once it cools, pour it into a pitcher and refrigerate.

*Allow enough room in the pan for everything to boil without overflowing. Adjust amount as needed, but have equal amounts of water and sugar.

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When Bugs Are Bug’n Ya … Remedies

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Exodus 8:20b-21
20b) “… Then say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Let My people go, that they may serve Me. 21) Or else, if you will not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and your servants, on your people and into your houses. The houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they stand…” ‘ “

I love the detailed, historical account in the book of Exodus of

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Spring and My Rebirth

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Spring is Here!

Spring is such an exciting time for a gardener. Flowers are popping up everywhere; garden plans are on the forefront of the mind; the daylight time is lengthening; and birds are singing, and preparing their nests for the arrival of their offspring.

I suppose if I were to try and sum up spring in a single word it would be rebirth – a rebirthing of perennials, vegetation, gardens, and wildlife (or a life cycle continuation).

Spring’s Symbolism

Spring is also symbolic of what many people experience spiritually.

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Spring Readiness Checklist

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Spring is less than three weeks away! Are you ready? I think we’re ALL emotionally ready, but are we prepared for our spring projects?

I find great satisfaction in thoroughly planning a project – the kind of satisfaction that comes from a job planned wisely, with avoidable mistakes kept to a minimum. I find it very gratifying, almost as gratifying as accomplishing the project.

However, there are also times when I just want to GET STARTED. I want to get my hands in the dirt NOW, and leave the thinking and planning for another day. To accommodate

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