Jake and Bathsheba

A blog by two cats who used to live in the same house in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, they are both no longer with us.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Wildlife Weekend

Welcome to my patch of wildness in the middle of suburbia.

Mom and Dad tried to create a wildlife sanctuary in the garden, and I think they succeeded. It is certainly an informal garden, but has a kind of neat wildness about it.

In our Flower Friday post, Jeter asked about bees since there is a lot of concern about their state of health nationwide. While bees are certainly having problems in Virginia too, we have our own colony of bees. Some years ago, Dad built a large birdhouse intended for "our" red-bellied woodpeckers, and he erected it high in one of our white oak trees. No woodpeckers nested in it, but we did have great crested flycatchers live in it. After that, bees moved in.

Here is a closer photo of the house, but without a good telephoto lens, you can't tell that bees inhabit it.

We have a family of bluejays in our yard. They are very colorful and beautiful, but they like to squack a lot. The youngsters perch on branches of the elm tree and flap their wings "helplessly" as their mom or dad go to the suet feeder and bring back food for them.

The young blue jays appear just as large as their parents--and fatter. It's no wonder since mom and dad must not have much time to feed themselves as they tend to their offspring. That must be why the parents like coming to the suet feeder in summer: it's like fast food for them in their busy lives.

Recently our friend Skeezix showed us some birds' nests from his yard, and now we have one to show. We think that this was the blue jays' nest in the photinia bush next to the sunny side of the house.

Our state bird the cardinal nested in our yard this year too.

Now let's take a look out front. What do we see in the sunny front bed but a female eastern box turtle! We know she's a female because her eyes are yellowish-brown. The male has red eyes.

Here's a photo of part of our wild (but controlled) front yard where the common daylilies (hemerocallis) are now in bloom. Dad calls them "freeway lilies" because they often grow along highways.

I love my wild yard, but I think that I am the wildest beast in it. Happy Man Cat Monday.


P.S. We hope to get to visit our friends this week. Mom wouldn't let us on the computer here for several days straight and now it's getting late. Hiss!

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At Monday, June 18, 2007 1:56:00 AM, Blogger Skeezix the Cat said...

Wow! Thanks for the tour of yer garden! Have yoo gotten it sertifide as a wildlife habitat yet? I like the bloo berdies the best!

At Monday, June 18, 2007 6:06:00 AM, Blogger Jake and Bathsheba said...

No,we're not "certified.". Dad doesn't think we need some outside group to tell us we have a habitat. Besides, we don't think they'd like the fact that big cats like me patol the garden.


At Monday, June 18, 2007 2:33:00 PM, Blogger Daisy said...

I love your garden. The thing I like most about it is its "wildness." It's wild but not crazy! The proof of a successful garden is all the beautiful creatures who inhabit it. Jake, you are a very lucky mancat!

At Monday, June 18, 2007 4:53:00 PM, Blogger Forty Paws said...

What a gorgeous garden! Lots of wildlife and a handsome ManCat too!

Luf, Us

At Monday, June 18, 2007 7:58:00 PM, Blogger Derby said...

You have a purrty garden. Mum has a long way to go before hers is controlled wildness. Still too many bare spots.

At Monday, June 18, 2007 9:26:00 PM, Blogger Lux said...

That's a lovely garden/wildlife sanctuary. Can I come live in it?

At Monday, June 18, 2007 9:30:00 PM, Blogger DaisyMae Maus said...

You are the most handsome flower in your garden, Jake. You look furry fetching against that green backdrop. Meeeoooowwww!

PeeSss: The turtle looks yummy. I used to hang out at the neighbor's house when she rescued tortoises ... I TRIED to taste one, but he was kinda snappy.

At Monday, June 18, 2007 10:29:00 PM, Blogger Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

What a lovely garden and, holy cat, you get lots of birdies. You are the luckiest kitty!

At Tuesday, June 19, 2007 3:03:00 AM, Blogger Rosie & Cheeto said...

That is the culest gardun evur! Yoo two are supur supur lucky and Jake...yoo sure are the bigman cat of the wild jungle!

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 3:27:00 PM, Blogger The Cat Realm said...

Hmmmmmm - that garden looks like a super market to us! Lots of birds and other yummy things...
Sorry - but we ARE cats!

At Wednesday, June 20, 2007 3:45:00 PM, Blogger Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

oooh - nice fev-vers! we gots 2 of those turtle guys but ours swim in a big box of water. by the way - you've got really really long whiskers!


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