I have been as busy as Billio! After getting home from work for the past two nights, I have been working in the back corner of my property. It is an area that used to be a raised bed strawberry patch when we moved here about 15 years ago. The bed is about 16' x 24'. (EDIT: Actually the area is that size, but the bed is 8'x 16'...) Since that time it gradually "evolved" into a mass of not strawberries...ahem. Because it was behind a shed, it was easy to ignore, but now with all this talk of gardening, I have dived in and started clearing the area. I was out there 5 hours yesterday, and about 4 today.
Last night I realized that the bird house on top of the washing line pole was inhabited. When we first put the bird house up years ago, the first family were tree swallows...it was cute when the babies were in a row on the line! Last night, I spotted a red-breasted nuthatch and its mate going in and out of the birdhouse. I was so excited, and that is probably why all 19 photos were blurry (either that or the camera setting was inadvertently moved!) So tonight I thought I'd have another go. I finally noticed one, but it didn't go into the nest when I was watching. One of the interesting things about these birds, is that they spend a lot of time upside down...on trees...and bird houses.
My digging partner was a rufous-sided towhee, who happily inspected whatever turned up. I couldn't just have birds without a bee (photo was taken at the Gardens I visited last weekend). I also dug up some rocks and piled them...my rock group. Just as I was packing it in for the day, I heard some beautiful birdsong, so I recorded it on video as I scanned the sky, clouds and trees. Here is the compilation: