Days Of Old, Looking for GREEN/SPRING, Planting, Birds, Buds, and Patience!

By: WeatherWise , 4:17 AM GMT on March 11, 2014

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Of Olden Times - Found this right in the city but actually the folks on this particular street - their backyards are like country backyards backing up to the woods with clotheslines, woodpiles,and vegetable gardens, etc.


Last night it occurred to me as I was deleting 2013 photo files from my computer that what I am hungry for is GREEN! I want to see green sprigs, green grass in yards, green leaves on trees and more. Just hungry for GREEN! I am tired of brown grass, bare limbs, brown flowers and more. I want to see lots of GREEN, Green, green!

Speaking of Greens - Great news - The little pots of Basil and Parsley now have little green specks showing up. It is so amazing to watch nature through planting. I have six tiny spinach plants and 6 small kale plants to put in the ground. I think that may be on tomorrow's agenda. I am trying to decide whether to put in the ground or to plant in pots.

I have been watching the birds out and about the neighborhood as they are vying for their favorite nesting trees. I have observed them fussing and flying at other birds that visit their tree. I have seen robins running at little birds and chasing them out of yards.

Buds seem to be on trees and soon will bloom. However the little green shoots for daffodils and other early flowers just are not up yet. Last year they were in bloom at this time. It is always amazing to watch 3 blocks over blooming earlier or daffodils protected by trees getting it's buds earlier. I am really looking too closely for spring I know. It will be here before I know it and I need to be patient.

Buds 3 blocks over




Little Shoots Peeking Through on My Street












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59. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:23 AM GMT on March 24, 2014
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58. palmettobug53
3:43 PM GMT on March 23, 2014
WW, happy Sunday.

I need to get out and walk more. Mainly just to get moving and, perhaps, lose a bit of poundage. See what's blooming. Chase a few squirrels!

Darn that spell check, Sandi! lol

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57. sandiquiz
7:13 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
Your blog is becoming a wonderful log of your daily walks and the things you see.
I think you may have encouraged me to get out and walk with my camera a little more often.

I find walking makes my right knee and my left hip ache, but the daily dose of ginger does seem to be helping, so once I have got rid of this heavy head cold, I might take a short walk, to see how it goes, then if there is no repercussions, do it again the next day. The beauty of it is, I don't have very far to go to see the birds...only about five minutes walk to the wood at the bottom of the hill.

Oh, I am glad I read this entry before posting. Auto spell check on the IPad changed 'daily dose of ginger' to 'daily dose of fingers'!!!! Ouch!!!
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56. BriarCraft
7:13 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
WU is seriously misbehaving for me right now. I got to look at two of your photos up close and then it refused to load another one. Probably the WUtechs are doing some maintenance. Anyway, I'll have to wait to take a closer look at the rest.
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55. BriarCraft
6:52 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
What wonderful photos. You've really been outdoing yourself lately. I'm so glad that warm spring weather has finally arrived for you. No more freezing rain for at least 9 months!

I was particularly interested to see that mossy nest and glad that you emailed it to a local bird expert. It is nice to know that the nest builder isn't some aggressive bird that takes over another's nest.

Now, I simply must go take a closer look at some of those photos. See ya!
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54. WeatherWise
4:09 AM GMT on March 23, 2014
It was a beautiful day in VA today with temp of 74 F.My day was a bit busy so I was a bit late in the day before I headed out for my afternoon walk. I only had about an hour for my walk so I set my timer on cell for 30 min. Walk 30 min and then turn around and walk back home. I actually got my full walk in and quite a few photos though not great lighting today as the clouds were hiding the sun.




I did not tarry a lot to take photos until I got down to the cardinal tree area. I had fun with the cardinals and was surprised to see so many cardinals - several reds and the female and other little birds. My Dreaming cardinal shot just went blue - a wonderful surprise.





Some of my favorite shots of the day:

Dreaming Cloudy Ending Lady and Little Friend Female Wood Duck

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53. WeatherWise
9:44 PM GMT on March 22, 2014
Oh, my! I just popped over to GardenGrrl's new blog and found that she has a second Kingfisher shot that she has not posted on WU, yet. It is fantastic and a beautiful bluebird as well. What fun!

Kingfisher by GardenGrrl

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52. WeatherWise
6:25 PM GMT on March 22, 2014
Hi DataPilot, Thank you! I know what you mean about not having the camera and only having a mental picture of what you saw and even beginning to question yourself - did I really see 12 deer standing right in front of me only to sail off into the wild blue yonder! No camera and even with camera in hand, would I have been fast enough to get into photo mode before they flew.


Lady Wood Duck Wood Ducks Friday Wood Duck Friday Wood Duck
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51. DataPilot
5:51 PM GMT on March 22, 2014
Congrats on the blue frame for your wood duck photo, and also for your lady wood duck pic. They're such beautiful birds, and no where near as common as mallards. It's a good thing you were able to find them while you had your camera with you.

I've been trying to catch a small herd of bison (buffalo) with my camera for years. Once in a while, I see them near the road as I'm driving to work in the morning. I actually had my camera with me when I spotted them 2 weeks ago, but was already late for an important meeting. I still kind of regret not stopping to take that photo.
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50. WeatherWise
4:49 PM GMT on March 22, 2014
Hi Palmetto Bug, I understand. My son gave me this one several years ago and think he got it from a specialty store in Blacksburg. I have tried to replace it with one from Lowes but was not the same. Squirrels knocked it down and cracked it. They have done such acrobats on this little one so bad that they have screwed it off and the feeder tray has fallen on the ground a couple of times but they have never knocked the whole thing on the ground. So this one was much better and it did come all together as one in a box all three pieces.

I have been having some great photo ops recently. I am happy to say that my WOOD DUCk went blue last night. It is quite exciting to get a good shot and receive the AC recognition. I am also proud of my Lady Wood Duck photo! She is quite a beauty as most of the time the female ducks are dull colors and not very showy. Her eye is beautiful!

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49. palmettobug53
4:16 PM GMT on March 22, 2014
Well, you've been racking up the ACs lately. Well done!

I have one of those domes over my safflower feeder. I really would like to get the tray that attaches to the bottom. The finches are messy and there's a lot of spillage of uneaten seeds. The doves do eat some of them, so it's not a total waste.

I was in a specialty birding store when I bought it. The place is birding heaven and the prices are heaven high to match. Because I usually buy my birding supplies in Walmart, I naively thought the feeder, dome and tray was a package deal. It was only upon asking that I found out you have to buy each piece separately. At the time, I could only spring for the feeder and the dome and even that was way more than I was used to paying.
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48. WeatherWise
12:37 PM GMT on March 22, 2014
Thanks Sandi. There seems to be only one pair on the part of the river that I visit. I was quite excited to see them as I had not seen them my last three trips over there. You recall the ash spill problem we had in our river - we are still dealing with that and the repercussions. We are all worried of course about the drinking water which they still say is safe but also worried about the destiny of the wildlife and fish.



Friday Wood Duck Wood Duck Today's Wood Duck Spring Daffodils
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47. sandiquiz
8:05 AM GMT on March 22, 2014
The wood ducks are visitors here in the UK, but I have never been lucky enough to see them. Many of the members in my Flickr group post photos of them, seen on their local lakes and ponds, but not me.

Lovely photos of the handsome pair.
Enjoy your weekend :-)
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46. WeatherWise
12:19 AM GMT on March 22, 2014
It was a beautiful day on the Riverwalk - a nice spring day of 69 or perhaps higher. A friend and I walked - she brought her golden retriever along. I think it was exciting for him to see all the ducks and geese. I was so super excited to find the little wood duck pair again. I had not seen them on my last three walks by the river.




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45. WeatherWise
6:39 PM GMT on March 21, 2014
SPring day in Virginia! Think I am going to take my walk on the Riverwalk this afternoon instead of the neighborhood! Wish me luck on a zillion photo ops!


Photos from yesterday in the neighborhood. The cardinal in the redtips is actually right beside of my yard. It was chosen for Approvers Choice!
A pleasant surprise.



Spring Daffodils Red Cardinal Neighborhood Birdhouse Spring is the Cardinal in the Red Tips
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44. WeatherWise
1:21 PM GMT on March 21, 2014
Hi DataPilot! Thanks for stopping by. Thank you for stopping by. My little ice castle photo was just one of those lucky shots. I had taken two shots of the feeder with the icicles hanging down when suddenly in flew the little chickadees right into my photo.
Happy Spring to you, too!

A birdhouse surrounded by spring flowers in my neighborhood. They seem to pitch it in a different spot each year.







Spring is the Cardinal in the Red TipsA Day Late?Red CardinalCardinal on Tip Top
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43. DataPilot
3:31 AM GMT on March 21, 2014
The Ice Castle Brunch photo you took is amazing. I'm so glad that the little birds decided to model for you. By chance, might they be Carolina Chickadees?

Happy Spring! I'm looking forward to more of your lovely birds.
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42. WeatherWise
11:39 PM GMT on March 20, 2014
Hi Pros and GardenGrrl! Thank you for the beautiful spring flowers and wishes! Happy Spring!

Spring is the Cardinal in the Red Tips



And Spring is the chickadees in the Bluebird House!
Hey, and the Bluebirds showed up one day too late.


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41. GardenGrrl
6:45 PM GMT on March 20, 2014
Congrats on the chickadee nest! You live in a beautiful place. Love the pick of the icicle umbrella.

Happy Spring!

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40. Proserpina
3:45 PM GMT on March 20, 2014


"Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

WISHING YOU A VERY JOYFUL AND MEMORABLE SPRING!
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39. WeatherWise
3:18 PM GMT on March 20, 2014
Hi Sandi, I think it is like the one in my #4 comment and your #5 comment. Of course, I really will not know what kind of bird it is until I actually see it at the nestbox or eggs actually appear if I don't see the birds. It is amazing just think how much work it took to get all of the little pieces broken and brought to the nest. Birds can do all of this so silently. However I had not been watching the box at all. I have the drape open in that bedroom today but still not a room I ever use so still would not see unless I stood there all day. I am still thinking it is possiible that it could be a nuthatch as well. I am happy to have a tenant moving in.
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38. sandiquiz
1:22 PM GMT on March 20, 2014
I have no idea what a Carolina Chickadee looks like, or whether we have anything similar in this country, but it is exciting you are going to be an avian granny!

And if the bluebirds use the nest next, you will be a granny twice over! lol
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37. WeatherWise
10:49 PM GMT on March 19, 2014



Okay - I sent a note to the local bluebird lady and the photo above and she sent me a note back saying: You have a Carolina Chickadee!!! When they finish nesting the bluebirds will have it next... Carolina Chickadee only nest once. So that is my SUPER exciting news for the day! I am going to be a proud granny to Carolina Chickadees! YEAH! And then my bluebirds will take over!
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36. WeatherWise
9:53 PM GMT on March 19, 2014
Hi Sandi and Briarcraft! The flowers are beautiful Sandi. Our weather is still yucky - maybe tomorrow.

Thanks, Briarcraft. They are cuties. I am curious about my bluebird house. Not BLUEBIRDS! I think a robber baron has hit my bluebird box. Something has built a nest in my bluebird box within the last few days. I checked the box just recently and it was empty. Today, I checked it and the nest cup is full of either moss or juniper greens. That is not the way the bluebirds nest was built last year. It was dried twigs and stems lightly woven. That is why I am thinking is not a bluebird. Not sure what to do - whether to empty the cup but usually a bird just works that much harder and rebuilds the nest the next day. Maybe it is a chickadee or a nuthatch! I have not seen a nuthatch recently. I suspect a sparrow but I really have not idea. Swallows love these nest boxes but I really have never spotted a swallow in my neighborhood but have seen them in the boxes on the Riverwalk.

I can't wait until your trip and want to hear all about it! I am going to go out and take a photo of the nest and email it to the local bluebird lady for advice as to what to do. I already sent an email with the above info just now. A picture is worth a thousand words they say so will get a photo and email it and post it in this blog comment as well.
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35. BriarCraft
9:18 PM GMT on March 19, 2014
Love the chickadee photo in #33. At least the icicles hanging from the feeder cover didn't get too long for the chickadees to get to the seed.

I'm really excited at the prospects of seeing the sandhill cranes in their spring mating dance and Backwardguy Steve is going to show me where he sees the night herons. The only good thing about the cold I'm dealing with this week is that it should be all better by the 28th when I head out on my photo shoot.
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34. sandiquiz
11:09 AM GMT on March 19, 2014
Oh, heavens, more winter for you! We have had almost two weeks of spring-like weather and temperatures, so today, when it is grey and overcast...and cold, it is a little of a shock to the system!

Love the icy dome over the bird table... what a good idea.

Here is some shocking pink to warm you up a little.

Pink Primula:)
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33. WeatherWise
3:39 AM GMT on March 19, 2014


We had some freezing rain and sleet mixed with some very fine snowflakes but mostly icy event finally ending today. The street almost dried off and temps rose to 39 so decided to try to walk to the end of the street. As I neared the end of the street, it started to drizzle lightly but I had a hood on so kept on and did my flat mile walk. I did not get many photos as did not tarry because was afraid it might start raining heavily before I got back. I did not want to get my camera wet. Tonight it is rainy and wet again with Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 11 am EDT Wednesday. 


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32. WeatherWise
11:25 PM GMT on March 17, 2014
Hi Barb, I love your photo! Thank you for sharing! Good to hear you are out and about walking! Great exercise I think - pleasure! No walk here for yesterday or today - bad weather - rain yesterday and sleet wintry mix today and VERY COLD temps. Think pretty much the same again tomorrow. Our wintry advisory has been extended through Tuesday noon.
Hope you had a wonderful day.
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31. barbamz
8:53 PM GMT on March 17, 2014

From yesterday's walk a reening willow at Winter Harbour in Mainz for you, weatherwise!
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30. WeatherWise
7:35 PM GMT on March 17, 2014
Hi Pros! Wow! 8 inches! We have a covering of ice on cars and grassy areas and VERY cold temps. 28 with a windchill of 21 around 3 pm. Just a continuation of VA up and down weather.

Pros, did you see the sandhill crane above? It is by a WU user from FL - so neat! I did a little research and found an interesting fact that I did not know - which honestly I know very little about sandhill crane. I would not have recognized it in FL when I was there had I not seen one on WU Photos. I learned that: The sandhill crane has a trumpet-like call so loud it can be heard for over a mile. This is because the trachea loops once in the sternum instead of going directly to the lungs like most birds.
SO, BriarCraft, when you got on your outing with Steve, you might hear the crane before you even see it. YOu can hear its sound from this webpage but is all mixed in with other bird sounds:
http://leesbird.com/2010/03/16/sandhill-crane-col t-birdwatching/

On the above website, is probably more like it would be in nature as all the other background noises are included. However the more exact noise without other background animals are on the Cornell allabout birds website:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Sandhill_Crane /id

Found this on the allaboutbirds website - I knew I had read something about their sounds carrying for two miles or more:
Sandhill Cranes give loud, rattling bugle calls, each lasting a couple of seconds and often strung together. They can be heard up to 2.5 miles away and are given on the ground as well as in flight, when the flock may be very high and hard to see. They also give moans, hisses, gooselike honks, and snoring sounds. Chicks give trills and purrs.
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29. Proserpina
5:21 PM GMT on March 17, 2014
@Maria photo 20140317_1056_edited-1framed_zpsf36d7a9a.jpg

Today we woke up to eight inches of snow, it clung to every branch, covered the few spring flowers that dared to bloom yesterday, frustrated Mimi who wants to be in the snow to play, gave me the opportunity to enjoy the winter wonderland and to take lots of photos.
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28. WeatherWise
1:55 PM GMT on March 17, 2014
Hi BriarCraft, Your heating mat for seed starting sounds great. My daughter tried something new this year that she read about. Makind mini greenhouses with jugs. Cut the tops off and put soil and seeds in put top back on and place the container outside and supposedly when the ground gets warm enough the seeds will germinate. I think that is what she told me or that is the best I understood it. I have not heard her mention it since.

Yes, I got some shots on Friday before leaving for the mountains plus got some nice shots on the mountain.

I saw a sandhill crane photo series on WU just now that I thought you might like. The photo series is by virgo1048




I did have an unplugged weekend - decided not to take my laptop with me. Spent time with my grandchildren 5 1/2 and 7 years old. We had lots of
fun!


Happy St. Patricks Day

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27. WeatherWise
12:54 PM GMT on March 17, 2014
Thanks, Ylee! Love your little St. Patrick's Day wish!

It's St. Patrick's Day Don't forget to wear GREEN!





Have a wonderful Monday!
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26. Ylee
7:57 AM GMT on March 17, 2014
Here's a little green, WW! :' )

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
From Millan.Net
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25. BriarCraft
5:18 AM GMT on March 17, 2014
The heating mat I am trying this year for seed starting is doing a great job. The tomatoes, peppers, and basil have all sprouted in the greenhouse this year. In previous years, I had to start them in a spare bedroomm where I closed the door and cranked up the heat. The heating mat only uses 107 watts and keeps the soil temperature 10-15 degrees warmer than the surrounding air.

I see you've got some more photos posted, so off I go to see them full-sized. I'm glad you had a great unplugged weekend.
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24. WeatherWise
5:08 AM GMT on March 17, 2014
Weekend Photos - Visit with my son - Playing with the grands. Was away for the weekend and decided not to take my laptop along - just take a tech break! I did take my camera and got photos of the moon rising at sunset over the mountain and sunrise on the mountain today - a cloudy day. My son lives out with a wonderful mountain view. Saturday was fabulous sunny day - the grands and I played outside most of the day. They had a dirtpile and they had a ball playing in it. I have posted a few of my photos from my trip.


Hi DataPilot. I was secretly hoping the pileated couple would come back to nest again this year. I hope your pileated wpkrs come back this year.

Hi Sandi, Hope your weekend was great too. Thanks, I did have fun weekend and I always take my camera. However, I pack it in my bag as I don't have sense enough not to try to take a photo while driving. Therefore it just perhaps better to have it in the trunk. I saw a great view of the mountain at one point or a couple of points that would have made a great shot, I saw hay bales in fields that would have loved to have taken a photo of. I saw a lone free standing chimney - that would definitley made a great mystery photo. I always pass several nice horse farms with barns and fences and beautiful animals. It was a gray day and beginning to mist a bit as I was coming down the mountain - I said to myself on pretty day I will stop all along and take a few shots.

Thanks, GardenGrrl It is fun to get a great shot of those tiny little birds that are pretty much hard to even get in focus plus they are never still.

Hi Pros. Thanks for the Mimi collage. It is great that they have those little collars to keep them from scratching or messing with tender area from surgery.



On the Woodpile  Moonlight Night Sunrise Moon Rising Above the Mountain

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23. Proserpina
11:19 PM GMT on March 16, 2014
Mimi @Maria photo PicMonkeyCollagef_zpsfb210830.jpg

Super blog!
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22. GardenGrrl
11:06 PM GMT on March 16, 2014
Congrats on the AC! Beautiful capture.
Isn't it fun to finally get a good shot of one of those quick tiny birds? Very nice shot too.
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21. sandiquiz
6:29 AM GMT on March 16, 2014
Happy Sunday morning to you....
I love the photo of the squirrel peeping out of his hole. It is really pin sharp.

Hope you are having a good weekend, and the weather allows you to get out with your camera:-)
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20. DataPilot
3:02 AM GMT on March 15, 2014
The squirrel looking out of the former woodpecker home made me laugh. Squirrels are such clowns!

Your picture also reminded me that it's been a few years since we've seen a Pileated woodpecker. I'm not sure why that's the case. Most of the woodpeckers that we see around here are Northern Flickers.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos. That's one reason I keep coming back to WU - the pictures brighten up my day.
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19. WeatherWise
2:17 AM GMT on March 15, 2014
My Lady!



Hi BriarCraft Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Thanks for the advice on how to thin the seedlings out. A very sensible method to follow. I will do that. Yes, true - How much parsley can one person eat? Now the basil - that is a different story - I am thinking PESTO, Pesto, pesto!

You are right 70 miles south can make a huge difference. It is like spring has already sprung there but still hard to find a few signs of spring here. Believe me I have been searching every since I saw spring flowers popping up on WU. Waiting for my bluebirds and the pileated woodpecker, too. So far no luck with either. Those squirrels are still homesteading in the pileated woodpeckers hole. Saw them again today.

Homesteading in my Pileated Woodpeckers nest cavity from last spring!

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18. BriarCraft
9:17 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
I can see it now: by June you will be up to your eyebrows in parsley and basil, having transplanted and saved all those little specs of green. Basil seeds are so tiny, I find it impossible not to end up with at least a dozen seeds in each pot.

My technique for thinning those seedlings: First transplant whatever number you actually want to save. Then pull out half of the remaining seedlings in the original pot. Wait several days to make sure your transplants all survived, then pull half of the remaining half in the original pot. Wait several more days, until your transplants have all got their first set of true leaves, before you pull the remaining extras.

Your daffodil photos bring to mind my visit to Portland the other day. Every spring I am amazed again at how I can watch the advance of spring when I drive 75 miles south to Portland. Here, one daffodil has finally managed to open and still not a single crocus. As I drove on I-5, 40 miles south there was the first tree in bloom. 60 miles south there were pink flowering plums everywhere, along with banks of naturalized daffodils. In my parents' yard, the daffodils were nearly spent, as were the crocus, and camelia bushes were in full bloom.
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17. WeatherWise
3:44 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
Hi Sandi, A greenhouse sounds like a dream. My son has a greenhouse. I do not. Slipping over to your place to get a few sprigs of parsley. I am not sure my rosemary survived the winter. I left it out for the winter and perhaps it did not get enough water under the underhang of the house. I am not sure - it may perk up as warmer days get here. Last year was a much milder winter and my oregano and rosemary and some other herbs wintered over. The oregano doesn't look all that great either. Like you, I need to clean the little winter kitchen garden, do some replanting and perhaps start it all over again. That might be a good spot to transplant my spinach and my kale plants. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
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16. sandiquiz
3:02 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
Seeing your herbs sprouting has made me realise I ought to get the greenhouse emptied of the winter clutter and begin sowing my seeds for lettuce, spring onions etc, and several herbs.

I have parsley to give away, it overwintered and never died, so has become a massive plant!
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15. WeatherWise
2:18 PM GMT on March 14, 2014
Thanks Sandi! I have never seen an owl out in the wild either. I really did not see this one as to me across through the woods it looked like an interesting mass about the size of a squirrel's nest. I decided to take a photo since the cardinals I was chasing would not be still. It was not until I saw it come up through the viewfinder that I realized I had an owl. I could hardly believe my eyes. This was in my early days of wildlife photo and quite inexperienced so I rushed forward to get a closer shot. Unfortunately, the owl disappeared so it was a one time shot. I have since learned their calls and I hear them on my afternoon walk but cannot spot them. I heard them yesterday, Thursday. I decided to just take shots all around to try to spot them that way but no luck. I have not idea how high up they are or where they are. They whoo-whooooot at each other - one being in one place and the other elsewhere. Perhaps I will spot them one day. I did a little research on them yesterday - the barred owl - as to what their nesting area might look like. I saved a few of the links.

http://www.bioweb.uncc.edu/bierregaard/barred_owl s.htm

http://pelotes.jea.com/Barrowls.htm

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barred_owl/lif ehistory/ac

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barred_Owl

http://www.sportsmansparadiseonline.com/Barred_Ow l_Nest_Box_Cam.html

http://owlguyy.blogspot.com/

http://www.zoo.com/Zoo-Site/search/web?fcoid=417& fcop=topnav&fpid=27&q=barred owl nest&ql=



Photos from Thursday's walk:

Charming Thursday Cardinal Pretty Lady Bright Spot
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14. sandiquiz
7:59 PM GMT on March 13, 2014
Congratulations on yet another AC:)
IT is a super image, so sharp!

I have never seen an owl, except on TV, let alone take a photo of one! Well done to you and GG!

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13. WeatherWise
7:49 PM GMT on March 13, 2014
I got so excited over on GardenGrrl's blog when I saw her blog header GREAT HORNED OWL NEST! I really want to see all of her photos! I told her that I have never been on a formal birding excursion - just walks around the neighborhood and the Riverwalk. I am lucky that a really long street of my walk sides up to a woods - part of the woods is further from the street backing a park. So sometimes I get to see more wildlife than usual in the city.

My one OWL shot - a one time shot at a BARRED OWL! I hear the owl who-whooting at each other late in the evening as I am walking along the edge of the woods. I look and look but cannot spot them. The time I did get a photo of an owl was quite by accident. I was taking a photo of some cardinals that just were not cooperating. I looked across in the woods and saw what I thought looked like an interesting mass about the size of a squirrel's nest but way too low to be a squirrel's nest. I took a shot and when it came up in the viewfinder it was an owl. Instead of inching closer, I moved forward thinking I would get a closer shot. The owl flew so only one chance at it.



This was such an exciting find and very close to where I found the pileated woodpeckers last year.

Okay, I am going to try to go for a walk if it is not too windy. It has warmed up to 41 but windchill of 38 so may be too cold for me.
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12. WeatherWise
7:03 PM GMT on March 13, 2014
Found this on the web. If I follow these instructions, I will have zillions of little plants!

How to Thin Out Seedlings
Thinning out, also known as pricking out, means removing seedlings from their original container and replanting in individual cells or pots to give them more growing room. The method shown here applies to all seedlings.



Now I am super excited - will start planning for when the leaves begin to touch each other - Looks like that day may be fairly close.
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11. WeatherWise
6:48 PM GMT on March 13, 2014
Sharing my little seedlings with you that I planted on perhaps the 27th of February. Parsley on the left and Basil on the right!




So many came up - now the heart to pull some of them up - and when to do that is the question! Briarcraft, you are to be my conscience on this, remember!
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10. WeatherWise
4:27 PM GMT on March 13, 2014
Hi Sandi! Thanks for stoppying by. Your day sounds wonderful with the sunny 66. We have the SUN brightly shining today but a COLD wind - has only made it up to 36 degrees and it is past noon. Feels like 27 with the wind chill. Not sure if it will warm up enough for an afternoon walk or not. It is supposed to make it up to 43 but has a way to go to get that warm.

After saying I did not get many great shots yesterday I remembered my daffodil shots. I also braved the storm to get a few moon shots! One of my moon shots was chosen for Approvers Choice.




 




My AC Moon Photo


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9. sandiquiz
4:05 PM GMT on March 13, 2014
It really reminds us Spring is on the way when we see Daffodils. There is nothing better to brighten the cold, damp days of March!

I mustn't complain, because once the thick fog disappeared about lunchtime, the sun came out and it made it to 66!
Yes, please, I will take more days like this!
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