The hummingbirds have not been here long, we noticed the first one on Monday morning.Â A little while later another one came by and they fought over the feeder.Â We have not seen any females yet.Â So now we can start one of our favorite lazy summer activities.Â Sitting around and seeing who can get good pictures of hummingbirds!
This morning, I watched as a bird crashed into our window and fell straight down.Â I went to check on it and it did not look very healthy.Â I knew that bird sometimes knock themselves silly and I hoped that is what this adolescent robin had done.
I checked it a few minutes later and it’s head was up looking around.Â After fluttering to a higher spot nearby, the robin stayed put for a few minutes and was not scared of me even when I got really close.
Our walk was nice.Â We heard a lot of birds hiding.Â The kids looked in bluebird houses and discovered some eggs.Â We also had fun watching the swallows flying around.Â I did not see many bluebirds, but one did pose a few seconds for me.
Friday Andrea was playing in the back yard and ran inside yelling that she saw a turtle.Â She had noticed that we had an Eastern Box Turtle for a visitor.Â We had not seen one in our yard since Mark and Andrea were very little!
We wanted Allan to see him, so we placed him in a safe spot for an hour. Then we returned him to the back yard where he could find food and be safe.Â Every so often, someone would run between the rain drops and look for him. He stayed in the back all afternoon and evening.
On Saturday, Audrey ran out looking for him and he was gone. She was disappointed, but we keep watching for our visitor to return.
It has been a crazy year for syrup.Â We started tapping in January, but then the weather turned very cold and we did not get any sap for a few weeks.Â It warmed up and we brought in a few gallons of sap before the weather froze up again!Â We still have buckets out, but we have not had enough cold nights and warm days to collect sap.
We are often asked how much sap is needed to make syrup.Â We usually boil down around 35 gallons of sap for each gallon of syrup.Â The kids check the trees most days to make sure the buckets do not have mold.Â They empty the sap collected to store in the shade so it does not spoil.Â Once we collect enough sap, we do most of the boiling down outside.
Our neighbor has a garden full of crocuses.Â His flowers are usually the first up every spring.Â Yesterday, the kids noticed that the crocuses were blooming, and went over to ask permission to go over and admire them during the day.
We went over this morning when the flowers were still closed. We discussed why the crocuses “sleep”.Â Then we returned later when we thought they would be opened.
Not only did we learn a little science, we also spent some photographing them.Â If you want to check out Adrian’s picture, his turned out the best!
We discovered our first spring flowers at the park today.
Spring is officially here!