Monday, March 23, 2015
I didn't take the entire day off yesterday. Just after lunchtime I got to feeling a bit less beat up and went out looking for something to do. As usual around here I didn't have to look very hard. I climbed up into the hay loft and started cleaning some of the old loose hay out. I got two pickup loads hauled away and burned on the garden spot before the wind picked up and I decided to stop.
I get really nervous starting outside fires around here and if the wind is blowing harder than about 5 MPH I simply won't burn anything. However out here on the edge of the plains it is pretty common for it to be a perfect day to burn one minute and super windy an hour (or less) later. So I only got about half the loft cleaned before I was once again looking for another project to work on.
While standing there keeping an eye on the old hay burn I noticed about three or four pair of Bluebirds flitting around. They were checking out the old house locations and generally not happy because the cats have chased em out or away from their old nesting boxes. Some of them have fallen into disrepair as well. I know shame on me but I just haven't had time to think about the Bluebirds nor really the money to go buy new houses for them.
This is where having your Mother in her little retirement mini-house complete with her little porch she loves comes in handy. She had been gone all day off doing who knows what which as I have mentioned before I think was one reason she made this move so she could come and go as she pleases answering to no one. Anyway I had kinda wished she was around while burning the old hay because I could have had her watch it while I got another load rather than standing there myself wasting time watching dried up grass burn. She showed up after the hay was all burned off of course.
She had noticed the Bluebirds earlier that morning herself and had went out to buy a new nesting box for them. So now I had another thing to work on.
I decided to put this house up on an old Mulberry tree I had trimmed out last year and decided to keep. It's still within the hunting range of the cats but is also in the middle of the sheep pens between the dry lot for the ewes and Frazier's pen. While the cats will roam through there they don't stay long because the sheep start following them so I am hoping this will offer the nesting Bluebirds some protection.
This morning there were three pair of Bluebirds fighting over the new house. I really like to keep a couple pair of them around because they are super efficient at cutworm control in the garden. They will position themselves on the poles and trellis in the garden and grab worm after worm all day long and when the cats ran em off last year I noticed right off let me tell you.
After I got done feeding this morning mom and I watched the three couples fight over who was going to get to move into the new house and last I heard she was talking about how we needed another few houses. I am betting when I get back later today she I will have to find a spot for another two Bluebird houses or so.
Anyway I am off to look at a used three point tiller this morning so I might have a "new" toy come afternoon. Hopefully the Bluebirds will have the house issue settled by the time I return.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!