Another Drought and Watering Update

Donna Lewis

Hello nature lovers…

I saw something this morning that was very sad and showed just how the weather and our actions as humans can help or harm the other living creatures that share our earth.

I had just gone out (7:00 am) to my garden to fill up all the bird baths and water containers that I have out to help the birds and other creatures find water. I also put out bird seed.

Just as I opened the gate, I looked across the garden to see a Cottontail rabbit standing on its hindlegs to drink from a bird bath that was half empty.  Its little ribs were showing the impact of the drought… I was very moved by the sight of it. I was happy that I had many low-level water containers already out in different areas.

This is why we need to put out more water containers for wildlife now. Some of these containers need to go on the ground for the mammals, snakes and others who cannot get up to a bird bath on a pedestal.

I am going to put more out today. I searched for anything I could use.  Yes, even a frisbee can hold water.

You do not need to clean the containers every day. Just put fresh water in. You can clean the containers once a week or every few days.

Put the water under the shade if you can. Anything to keep it cooler. This goes for the Hummingbird feeders too.

Does putting water out for animals matter?  YES, if you help even one living thing to survive, you have made a difference.

We have to start doing, not just thinking about doing something.

I hear this too often: don’t worry someone will do it… We are the someone.  So, make a difference today.

Remember who you are gardening for.

Wren Watch 2

by Catherine Johnson

Both parents are still alive and feeding several babies.

It was so hot yesterday that the parents moved the babies out to get cooler air and moved them back into the nest at night.

I have added a cover to keep sun off their nest and remove it at night so nothing jumps on it to crash the nest down. I will start putting out water dishes surrounding my yard for when they fledge.   

Pampered wrens!

Look Who Dropped In!

by Donna Lewis

My favorite little frog was sitting in one of the frog tubes that I made and installed in the garden.

Spot the frog!

Mike Conner put the instructions on our website Easy to make.

(editor’s note: I looked for the instructions on the website but couldn’t find them. I did find this link to Texas Parks and Wildlife’s YouTube instructions and am sharing the video below! Fun.

It is a Green Tree Frog (Hyla cinerea). I just love them. They look so sweet.  This baby did not move an inch when I walked right up to it.

I actually didn’t see it until I was close because I was cleaning up part of my garden where the little froggy house is. I didn’t want to get too close and scare it.

These frogs like to be near area’s where it is moist and protected. I have it attached to a trellis with vines on it. So, it’s shady and moist and the frog can hide out under the trellis.

What a nice surprise.

Early Nectar for the Pollinators

by Donna Lewis

Here are a few bushes and trees that bloom early.  The bees and butterflies love them.

A Yellow Tiger Swallowtail on Henbit, Mexican Cherry Tree, Coral Honeysuckle vine, wild native Plum Trees, and a Peach tree.

There are many more that bloom early.  Fruit trees are always good for pollinators and then for us with fruit, nuts, or berries.

Put some of these in your yard and the wildlife will be happy.

Remember… who are you gardening for?