Birds, Tomatoes

As you know, yesterday was inhumanely *hot* and *humid*. So I ran my errands early in the morning and figured I’d have *nothing* to blog about since I planned on staying inside with my books. Wrong! In the grocery store parking lot I found a feather. Given that I live very close to one of the Great Lakes, I figure it might be a Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) feather, but I don’t know:

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I love feathers! I’ll bring this to my Mom’s house to add to our feather collection. She has them all laid out around her porch.

As I opened the sliding glass door to the deck last night to check on the outdoor temperature, I saw a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) lazily flying over. No photos though, sorry.

Around 7:30 PM I was able to sit outside for a while, it was still 90 degrees F, but it was in the shade and there was a breeze. I saw many different birds eating Rose of Sharon seeds, and drinking water from the bird baths next to the Rose of Sharon. Here’s a Black-Capped Chickadee:
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And a female Goldfinch:

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And a Tufted Titmouse:

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There were lots of other birds around but I wasn’t quick enough with the camera.

And the best part of the day – I have my first tomatoes! A couple of the skins were split because of all of the rain we’ve had. Here you see them:

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And now you don’t!

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MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!! They were yummy! Still nice and warm from the hot sun!

P.S. It was so humid today that when I went outside from the store, my glasses fogged up. I have *never* had that happen.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Gets Native
    Aug 02, 2006 @ 22:33:30

    I might just have to plant some Rose of Sharon, looking at the birds enjoy the seed pods. I have never seen so many people around here with Rose of Sharon. It’s such an eye-catcher, I have almost driven off the road looking at it.
    Those tomatoes were scrumptious, I bet. Perfect.

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  2. Lynne
    Aug 03, 2006 @ 09:36:43

    Those tomatoes are/were beautiful! I picked my first three yesterday too. Here’s how I like them:

    alternate tomato slices with thin slices of fresh mozarella cheese(barely overlapping), sprinkle with oregano,and splashes of balsamic vinegar YUMMM!!!

    How do you like garden tomatoes?

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  3. Pam
    Aug 03, 2006 @ 15:57:20

    Hi Lynne, Congratulations on your tomatoes! I love this time of year when we can pick goodies from the garden. MMMMM, your recipe sounds fantastic! I’ll try it if I can get the tomatoes into the kitchen. I love eating tomatoes like I eat an apple!

    Hi Susan, I didn’t realize until this year that the birds are so into the Rose of Sharon seeds! I’m thinking of planting another one.
    Oh yeah, the tomatoes are excellent! I can’t wait for more to ripen.

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  4. Laura
    Aug 05, 2006 @ 11:36:53

    I came by to see your *weird* list and the tomatoes caught my eye!

    Do they really split like that because of too much water? Duh – always thought it was too little water!

    I love mine with fresh mozarella and basil, too. My favorite way is eating them right out in the garden – grpae tomatoes are perfect for this – nothing like a tomatoe warmed by the sun – yum!

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  5. Pam
    Aug 06, 2006 @ 08:33:13

    Hi Laura,
    I had to look up the tomato splitting thing, and it said splitting is caused by water stress – alternating wet and dry conditions can cause splitting. So you’re right! Thanks for prompting me to look it up!
    I plant a basil patch next to the tomato patch – I love basil and tomatoes, too! I just noticed a couple more tomatoes ready to be picked today – hmmm, I think I see a tomato, basil, artichoke and mayonnaise sandwich for lunch. Yum!

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