We put up five new blue birdhouses on Saturday, replacing those that had fallen apart, lost their roofs or otherwise had succumbed to old age. We were late. The houses should have gone up a couple weeks ago—but time and the weather didn’t allow it.
We knew we were late because a pair of bluebirds had already arrived and were scouting out the house but a few yards from the cabin’s kitchen window—put there so Ruth could enjoy their comings and goings.
About twenty bluebird houses stretch out in a long row on the south side of Roshara’s prairie; we put up the first ones about 40 years ago. Anyone who puts up bluebird houses knows that tree swallows like to nest in these houses, too. I’d guess that our row of bird houses has as many swallows as bluebirds. But that’s okay. We also like the tree swallows.
Not more than five minutes after the first house went up—son-in-law, Paul did the heavy work—a pair of tree swallows inspected it. By the time Paul had put up the last house, six or more pairs of tree swallows were swooping overhead and checking out the new digs.
Daughter, Sue said, “Look we’ve created a new ‘bird-suburbia on our prairie.’”
Quite something to watch.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Put up some bluebird houses. You’ll become an instant fan of a bunch of birds.
Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. Friends of Eau Claire Library. Eau Claire, WI. Stories from the land.
Sunday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. Lebanon Historical Society, Lebanon Community center. Stories from the land.
Monday, April 20, Noon. Fox Valley Book Festival, UW-Fox Valle, Union.. Whispers and Shadows and The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County.
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30 Patterson Memorial Library, Wild Rose. Mid-Wisconsin Launch of Whispers and Shadows. Fundraiser for the library.
Friday, April 24, 8:00 p.m. Ice Age Trail Org. Wis. Dells, Winter Green Resort. Old Farm
Tuesday, April 28, 11:00 a.m. Wisconsin Public Radio, Larry Meiller Show. Whispers and Shadows
Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 p.m. Black River Falls Library, Sky Line Golf Course. Stories from the land
Sunday, May 3, 1:00 p.m. Readers’ Realm Bookstore, 147 E. Montello Street, Montello, WI Whispers and Shadows.
Tuesday, May 5, 10:30. Chilton Library, Chilton, WI Whispers and Shadows.
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fund raiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs, Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps A Farm Story.
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including The Quiet Season (on which the DVD A Farm Winter is based), as well as Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm, (which are related to the DVD Jerry Apps a Farm Story). Also available is Jerry’s new novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division StreetWild Rose, WI 54984