flora & fauna abound.....

Birdsong72(7/Northshore NJ)May 10, 2008

these two weeks are amongst my favorite times of the year. I can't help it, but here's a quick overview as to what's happening at my place.

Well over 25 species of rhodies/azaleas now in full bloom at the house: rh. vasyea (sp), rh calendulaceum (about ready to go); az. 'golden embers' (2) in full flower; ex. az 'Gallipoli Red', Az. Kuromo Shikibu (lavender), Rh. Amanda Young, Barmstedt, Rh. 'Jim Cross' lepidote, Rh. Macopin, Az. Southland, Rh. September Song?, Rh. Halinka, Rh. Delps Cream, Rh. Fantastica, Rh. Scintillation, Rh. Solidarity, Rh. Capistrano, Rh. Choice Cream (about ready to go), Az. Rosy Ember(?), Rh Purple Passion, Rh. Cunningham White, Az. Goldfinch, and probably another half dozen that I've long since forgotten, both lep's and elips as well as a couple of dozen comm. red and pink azalea holdovers from the prior owner (which I've kept).

Then the birds today. It's been an excellent spring and with the all day rain event on Friday, who knew what to expect. 16 species of warblers at the house: Ovenbird, B&W, Comm. Yellowthroat (2), Yellow, Prarie (2), Magnolia (5+), BT Green (3), BT Blue (8-10), Bay Breasted, Nashville (beautiful male), Blackburnian (2), with one a very imm. male; Blackpoll, tons of Yellow Rumps, Chestnut Sided, American Redstart (m&f), and many many No. Parulas. Birds have been active since daybreak, through the afternoon (approx. 3pm).

I even put the sprinklers on in the early afternoon, washing some of my gardens, and nearly all of the warblers came down to drink and bathe at eye level.

Other birds: Red breasted Nuthatch for the 2nd week in a row; Red Eye Vireo, Veery, numerous Balt. Orioles.

And I didn't have to burn any gas going to the Hook, or any other migrant trap today.

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Birdsong72(7/Northshore NJ)

Notable oversights off of the above list are: Rh. prinophyllum and Rh. canescens along with Rh. Heritage Salmon as well as Rh. My Mary.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2008 at 6:28PM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

Birdsong, although I've not had quite the numbers of birds you've had, I've stopped driving to find birds as I've found that if I just sit at home and wait, lots will show up in the front yard. The weekend before this past one, I had 17 different species show up in the yard.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 10:07AM
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Birdsong72(7/Northshore NJ)

Birdsong, although I've not had quite the numbers of birds you've had, I've stopped driving to find birds as I've found that if I just sit at home and wait, lots will show up in the front yard. The weekend before this past one, I had 17 different species show up in the yard.

Good for you Tea!!!! Now just imagine if everyone began to plant for sustainability and began using 'natives' into their landscape.

Slowly, our neighborhoods would begin to be 'pro nature' again.

I've had a Comm. Yellowthroat using my property the past week (actually 2) and hope does spring eternal that one year they'll nest here. Last year (1 cardinal, 3 robin, 2 catbird and 1 Balt. Oriole nest)...

But back to your post: 17 species is terrific! Forgive me as I've forgotten where you call home.......which is?....

While this noreaster has put a dent in any new arrivals, I did hear Parula and Black Throated Blue singing as I got out of the car this evening. In a few short weeks, it'll all turn so quiet in our neighborhoods. Almost silence come May 30 in most NJ neighborhoods. Enjoy while they stop in to rest and feed with you...

All the best.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2008 at 7:51PM
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