The Stork's Nest

June 2011

Phoebe Babies

Early this spring, we noticed Phoebes building another nest over our front door...
a problem, since they left droppings on all the stones and the decking by the entry
door. But since there were already babies in the nest, we left them alone until they
left the nest. We then quickly took the nest down and scrubbed the stones clean.

Unfortunately, the adults persistently started building another nest...which we
knocked they started again...and again...and again...for about a month
before they gave up and went somewhere else!

Building a Waterfall

June 26, 2011

For a couple of winters we had a pump in the lake to keep the water from freezing
in a small area so the swans could eat and swim all winter. We also had a part of
the rock garden between the house and the lake that was way too steep for me to
keep weeded. So I thought, why not build a waterfall going down that steep hill and
ending with a splash into the lake to keep the water from freezing?

Our daughter, Stephanie, and our son,
Matthew, were a tremendous help!
I could not have done it without them!

They started by placing the pump in a
bucket at the bottom of the lake.

Molly supervised their work.

Then they buried the water pipe in the
garden, up to the top of the hill where
it entered that black plastic pan.

Then Matthew installed an electric
outlet for the pump at the bottom of
the hill.

Fred and Kyle gathered stones from the
woods and we began creating our very
own waterfall...working from top to bottom.

We still have a long way to go, but is
beginning to look like a waterfall.

These were very hot days and it was
hard work digging, moving and adjusting
the rocks.



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