Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Animal Wednesday

No sex in this one, I swear.

This is my front door. Every year a purple finch builds her nest in this wreath. Earlier this year another bird also decided that this would be a good location for a nest. A short but very bitter turf war ensued and somebody's eggs were splattered all over the front porch. Mrs. Purple Finch prevailed. And she was very good about staying in the nest when I opened the door to take the dogs out at night. Only once did she leave the nest and fly into the living room. After being batted down a few times by a thankfully clawless Roy and being gently placed back into her nest atop her eggs, she went on to brood six (I think) little baby purple finches.
And in June when I replace this wreath with the geranium one and have to scrape bird dirt off of it and my door..... I won't mind. I love watching a nest full of baby birds.

And this is a picture I've been meaning to take for awhile. This is Humphrey the camel. I drive past her every day to and from work. Seeing a camel on the way to work in South Central PA puts me in a good mood. Particularly when Humphrey is taking a dust bath. How often do you get to see a camel rolling joyously around on her back in a big dust cloud? Humphrey and her companions are participants in a live nativity scene every Christmas. The rest of the year they just hang out in their pasture. I love the donkey. Some days they chase each other. Quite a site to see a donkey, a goat, two cows (the other one is a red and white spotted cow not pictured) and a camel running after each other.


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1:21 PM  
Blogger Faith said...

No animal sex, but certainly a natural progression of the act. You are so lucky to have birds nesting on your door! I know it would make me feel so good to see that in my home. And the babies are adorable, especially that one in the middle. What a little infant!

The camel cracks me up. There used to be a farm with a herd of buffalo on Route 501 above Schaefferstown, but they haven't been there in a few years. What a shame, they were cool to look at.

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

My mom has a purple finch nest in on her front porch, too. It is in a large pot of impaiens, and they took it over the first day she put it there.

Love the camel shot, along with her buddies. We see llamas up here alot, but no camels.

5:57 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Very cool to have nestlings on your front door wreath!
As for that camel...I'd be tempted to sneak up on him with a pair of sheep shears...

6:47 AM  
Blogger El said...

I am glad to see you've moved beyond sex and into the realm of procreation (nestlings, nativity stories). Very fitting for spring.

Poor camel: do you think she's lonely? Or do you think she appreciates her other ungulates?

9:22 AM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

I don't know if the camel is lonely. How smart are camels? I'm not sure it realizes it isn't with other camels and it does appear to like the other animals as they are usually together in a little group. The goat may be bored because occasionally he sneaks out and is seen on the outside of the fence.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Birds sometimes come and tug at pieces on our wreath[s], but never a nest... mine is probably too crummy for our picky birds!

I love the idea of the nativity scene animals chasing each other around the pasture. Down here we see the occasional llama - which is also fun.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

4:32 PM  
Blogger Rurality said...

That wreath is doubly nice, since it also attracts birds. If we ever get a camel, instead of Humphrey - which I'll admit is inspired - I think I'd name it Harrumphrey.

9:54 AM  
Blogger MilkMaid said...

Your own little Noah's Ark going on!

11:02 AM  
Blogger woof nanny said...

Oh my gosh, how cute is that camel?!! I love donkeys too. If I ever get property that allows it, I'm going to get myself a donkey or a mule. I love this idea of these guys just hanging out and playing. Really nice.

3:38 PM  
Anonymous Pennie said...

LOL...not sex...just what happens afterwards!! That's so cool about the bird nest in your wreath each year. Who needs bird houses?!

Loved the picture of all the animals in the field. You know, I don't care what type of day I can see a car go by with a dog hanging out the window...or the squirrels playing in my front yard...or any type of animal doing something natural and it just brings a smile to my face.

Thanks for sharing your drive to work with us. =)

12:50 PM  
Blogger Iowa Gardening Woman said...

I enjoyed the bird nest much more than the snakes.........:). Nice blog.

4:09 PM  

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