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  •  the catbirds in my yard make me smile (20+ / 0-)

    first of all, the sounds they make are funny.
    second, their names....i mean catbird? really?
    but what makes me smile is that when my lantana are big, they have berries that the catbirds love to pick off and eat.
    they sit in the lantana for hours, feasting.
    well, right now the lantana are small..only a few inches high so far. and the berries won't come until July.
    but the catbirds sit on the edge the planters every day staring at them, willing them to get big and bear fruit.
    i have about 25 large planters with these flowers in them.
    i feel bad for them so throw blueberries and strawberries out there.
    someone is eating them.
      probably the mafia (squirrels). who multiplied by the billions.  

    We consume the carcasses of creatures of like appetites, passions and organs with our own, and fill the slaughterhouses daily with screams of pain and fear. Robert Louis Stevenson

    by Christin on Sun May 19, 2013 at 06:35:44 AM PDT

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    •  Catbirds are great (9+ / 0-)

      They are really common in northern Illinois especially during migration, though its usually possible to find them all summer. I never tire of them. The songs are great, and their alert, clever attitude reminds me of mockingbirds who don't make it this far north. Saw a couple of them just this morning. Went out birding in the woods near here until the Mosquitos forced me back.  This nature center decided it would be a good idea to put in all these little artificial ponds, ten or twelve feet long and a foot or two deep.  Well they freeze solid in the winter and they don't have the good sense to stock mosquito fish every spring, so they have engineered an environment guaranteed to repel human visitors.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Sun May 19, 2013 at 08:15:33 AM PDT

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