Melissa Fischer. wild in Michigan. naturalist

spring heartbreak

I woke up yesterday morning to an over turned bird bath, missing seed and suet, the chipmunk hole in the garden dug out, and the three eggs in the bluebird nest destroyed. (The stinkin’ House Sparrow eggs made it because they took the good nesting box….it’s deeper and safe from racoon paws.) I bought a baffle for the bluebird box immediately after I loaded the girls on the bus. I haven’t seen the female bluebird since she checked out the damage to the nest this morning, but the male stayed around all day trying to fix the nest and peeking into all the other nest boxes.

A Chickadee watching me fill the feeders.

A bee barely visible as it collects pollen.

The House Finches, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Orioles finish an orange a day. Soon they’ll be too busy raising young to bother with the treat.

Female Baltimore Oriole


4 responses

  1. Tom Vander Ploeg

    You know raccoon tastes pretty good in BBQ sauce! And your Dad has a pellet gun, not that you’d shoot anything. Good job as always on the photo’s.

    May 5, 2011 at 6:51 am

    • melissakoski

      You sound like my friend Steve. I think that racoon would tast like baby birds at this point!

      May 5, 2011 at 10:40 pm

  2. so sad :(
    one year a great blue heron ate all but one of the koi from my pond. i saw the heron on the edging rocks from my kitchen window, ran outside as he flew off. the last of his tasty meal was torn apart in the yard. the rest were history.

    May 6, 2011 at 2:51 am

    • melissakoski

      I let the chipmunk eat the sunflower seeds without chasing it off today for a mother’s day present. It’s hard not to get involved with the circle of life. (: There sure is a lot of death in life isn’t there?

      May 6, 2011 at 10:11 pm


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