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A Word From the Birds

A Word From the Birds, March 2018

By Jerry Gift

Here it is, the first day of March! There is an old saying, “In Like A Lamb – Out Like A Lion – In Like A Lion – Out Like A Lamb!!” Well I am not sure what you would call it this year. I don’t think March came in like a Lion, but I do know this is not a Lamb kind of day either. It is more like an old ram (Male Sheep), not warm and fuzzy, just cold and damp. March is a month where one day it will be wet, cold and gray, then the next day cold and snowy, then warm and nice. You never know what March is going to give you. I do know this though March is the month when Spring comes in. We are only about 2 and a half weeks away from the first day of Spring. March 20th is when spring starts and I can’t wait!!!

March is a busy month with a lot of things going on. It is the month we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, so don’t forget to wear your green that day and it is also the day to put your peas in. My grandfather always said if you what nice green peas you have to plant them on St. Patrick’s Day. It is also March Madness month, you know college basketball playoff time. Here at Don Mould’s it is when all the new items start to come in and we start putting everything out for spring. The fruit trees are here, the cold crops will be here in a few days, we start getting all our mulches and stone in and we get ready to help you make that landscape look great for the summer.

March is also time for the birds. We just celebrated a time when we bought cards and candy and flowers to show our loves ones how much we care for them, well in March the birds do the same thing. Well they don’t buy cards or candy, but they do start singing and showing off there bright colors to attract a mate. Look for that bright red cardinal perched high up in the tree singing his heart out to attract a mate. Watch your feeders as you may see a finch or cardinal grab a seed and give it to a female trying to win her over. These mating rituals continue through out the summer.

It is a time when these birds start to mate and make nest and start to get ready to have little ones. So they still need you to help them by feeding them, but also putting nesting material out for them and cleaning those bird houses and nesting boxes out. I know they can find nesting material on their own, but by putting it out it attracts them to your yard and they tend to stay around all summer then. I could go on because there is so much we can do for the birds this time of year, but I don’t want to bore you or keep you from getting ready for spring yourself, so I will close till next month. Remember it is never to early to start gardening whenever the weather is nice!! Hope to see you soon.
Happy Gardening and Birding from me to you!!!