Well, here they are nearly fully grown but still lovingly looked after by their proud parents.  All six have survived despite the ominous presence of a menacing snapping turtle.  Wondering how much longer the goslings will stay with their parents before flying off on their own.

Viburnum is our favorite shrub for planting in the yard and that is why it is featured as the main photo throughout this website.  The photo taken for this blog entry, was taken this morning and shows that the flowers have now gone and what is replacing them are berries that will ripen over the coming months to provide birds with a wonderful food source in red berries. 

A little about the Viburnum plant:

  • Most viburnums flower in spring with flowers that can be white, pale pink or even dark pink. 
  • They can reach 8 feet in height and grow 4-6 feet wide.
  • Many bear fruits in late summer or early fall. The berries are oval and may be red, black or blue.
  • Viburnums can grow in well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.
  • Viburnums can grown through seed, and you will find evidence of this when seedlings grow near existing bushes. But you can also take softwood cuttings off a branch and use this to grow another plant.
  • Viburnums will grow best in USDA Zones 4 to 8.
If you live in the New Jersey area and would like to buy Viburnums take a nice drive to the Great Swamp Greenhouses.  Located in the middle of the Great Swamp in Gillette, New Jersey, they have a wonderful selection of annuals and perennials that will make your yard a true haven for the birds and a feast for the eyes. In fact, the viburnum featured in the photos on this site were purchased at the Great Swamp Greenhouses 4 years ago.   I've included a link to the Great Swamp Greenhouses that you may reach by clicking HERE.

This lucky mourning dove is a survivor.  He survived an attack by a red-tailed hawk who swooped down onto the deck to grab him.  Luckily he got away and while he looks like he's been through the wringer, he survived and is now thriving.  Sadly, he is being shunned by his fellow mourning doves, but as soon as his feathers grow back, he'll fit right back into the flock.

Look who visited the feeders today (and everyday).  This youngster makes a daily visit to eat seed that has fallen onto the ground as well as eat directly out of the feeder.  His antlers are growing in and his coat is beautiful and shiny.  Love seeing this fellow each and every day.

Do you have yard visitors that feast on birdseed that falls onto the ground?  We'd love to hear you share stories so feel free to share with our birding community.

The feeders are emptied quickly even in early June as the birds appreciate a quick meal as they flutter to feed their newborn babies.  They are singing lovely songs while working and connecting with their mates and community.  The joyous sounds are melodious and lift my heart. 

It is so nice to see they appreciate the seed placed out each morning and refilled throughout the day.   The local Grain and Feed store recommends providing seed through mid to late June while the babies are hatched and cared for until they are able to flee the nest.  For wonderful bird feeders, check out some we've purchased and use regularly by clicking here.

One nice thing about this time of year are the colorful flowers that bloom all summer long.  These petunias are not only lovely but provide a source of food for hummingbirds who enjoy swooping down for some nectar.  Plant flowers in your yard and you will attract hummingbirds, butterflies and birds throughout the blooming season.



    Jacqueline Totten is a bird lover whose backyard is a true haven for many different wild birds, squirrels, deer, rabbits, fox and an occasional bear.  She keeps the local Feed & Grain in business during the winter months with the amount of bird seed purchased.


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