Friday, April 24, 2009

Wood Thursh and Other Sightings

Sassafras Tree in Bloom (April 20, 2009)

He was there--a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, a tiny bird who I see every spring. Had I had my camera handy, I would have gotten a great shot. Oh well--I will just enjoy the lovely colors of the Sassafras blossoms to cherish the memory.

Wood Thrush (April 22, 2009)

On Earth Day morning, I saw my first Wood Thrush, under the feeders acting a whole lot like a Robin--what a reminder to appreciate the wonders of the good earth. This morning I heard his wonderful song for the first time.

Garlic Mustard

Another sighting was not welcome at all--garlic mustard. I thought I had rid my yard of this troublesome invasive two years ago. I pulled up some last year and thought I was done with it. Evidently, I missed a few because there were small stands along the edge of our yard and into the woods. So, I have been pulling them up by the roots. Now is the best time to get rid of them because the ground is moist and the white flowers are easily seen.

The seed pods of the Garlic Mustard will pop out hundreds of seeds from a single plant. That's why I was determined to pull out every plant I could find. I also learned not to put them in the compost pile or let them lay on the ground--they can still do their dirty work. So, I have a 5-gallon bucket full of the plants in my shed--I will let them dry out and maybe put them on one of our bonfires later this year if we can stand the garlic smell.

Last Sunday, I put up my hummingbird feeder and within an hour, I saw a hummer at the feeder. I usually wait until the Columbine blooms but this year it is very late, perhaps because of the cool weather.

Spring is racing along....


  1. Very Beautiful! Nature is the
    "greatest Artist" of all!


  2. Isn't it wonderful to see the trees leafing and blooming? And I would love to see a Wood Thrush.

  3. TheWritersPorch--thanks for visiting and I agree!

  4. NCmountainwoman--yes, it's my favorite time of year. The Wood Thrushes are plenty around here because of all of our forest but not too common elsewhere.

  5. Love this time of year when all the birds come back and the flowers are everywhere.

  6. Dont' you love it?? Spring!!! I love the Sassafras Tree, I don't know if I've ever seen one in bloom! That hummingbird made a quick visit, maybe he was watching you wainting for the feeder, great job!

  7. So lovely...I have been hearing a wood thrush here for over two weeks..haven't gone to see it yet.

    The sassafras tree has beautiful flowers..Have you ever chewed on the root of a young sassafras seedling..

  8. Oh..and I know what you mean about that garlic mustard...
    a very bad invasive.