Today's entry here on Blogger is part two-E of a series of posts pertaining to a year-end review for special occurrences in my urban garden for the year 2012 (the schedule for this series is described in part one as well as part two-A of this topic) and in today's entry I will be reviewing the month of July for the year 2012.
Meanwhile, in my review for the "events" which occurred in my garden for the month of April 2012 , I brought up the fact that T.S. Eliot was known to have said, "April is the cruelest month . . . "
And although April 2012 had been far from being the "cruelest month" in my garden this year, the month of July 2012, whilst it was exceptional because it marked the beginning of an array of birds (such as the one seen in the image atop today's blog entry) coming to visit my garden; was filled with weather related conditions that resulted in the death of some of the things as well as causing an extreme "sickness" in others, which I grow, and you will see that as I proceed with this review.
As for the image atop today's entry, it shows a mourning dove making him/herself at home in the container which houses my Acer shirasawanum's (Aka Autumn Moon tree) container, a container located in a rod-iron stand which at the time this image was taken had been placed near the door which leads from my garden to my apartment, and therefore almost directly under where I had hung a bird feeder as mentioned in the conclusion to yesterday's post which covered events in my garden for the month of June 2012.
In bygone years, I had heard the "voices" of mourning doves singing in my garden; however that had been such a long time ago that I did not want to startle my newcomer; hence I took the picture at a vantage point through the window of my door in an effort to not startle the bird.
I admit my taking pictures this way puts an emphasis on how dirty my window was on July 1st of 2012, but hopefully you can look past that and derive pleasure from seeing the birds as I did. In the following image you can see this mourning dove had been joined by a house finch.
They are both staring — shamelessly — at whatever was occurring on my neighbors's balcony on Sunday, July 1st — the start of the Fourth of July weekend for 2012. Perhaps my neighbors were preparing for a holiday picnic? In any event, it wasn't very long before my visiting house finches had their own Fourth of July picnic as evidenced by the images below.
These images were taken from afar as I wanted the birds to be better acquainted with their surroundings before I started taking closeups (which I was eventually able to do as you will see as this series of review posts progresses). Be that as it may, at least these images serve well for a "review" and there are others on one of my Pinterest Boards titled "my" birds & THEIR feeders."
But getting back to the Fourth of July of 2012 "festivities" in my garden, whilst a number of finches enjoyed a picnic at "their" feeder, others hung (as seen in the image below) out on the string lights which are strung above my garden.
And since a number of my newfound feathered friends were facing west, I surmised they might've been getting ready to see the fireworks whose display could be seen from my "hood," although not from my garden — unless you are sitting on the lights!
However the birds weren't the only ones in the garden enjoying the holiday, my 'Tamukeyama' (AKA Japanese Red Maple), in honor of the United States' colors of red, white and blue flaunted her red foliage, while my "spent" salad greens proudly raised their arms (blue flowers) in honor of Old Glory. Both of these feisty "things" can be seen in the images posted below.
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