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Happy Earth Day – of Hummingbirds, Swallows and Frankenboxes

April 23, 2015

I spent a glorious morning recently watching Violet Green and Tree Swallows visiting my nesting boxes. I constructed some boxes on Earth Day a few years ago with found materials and a hand saw. These “frankenboxes” reflect my carpentry skills. But in past years the swallows have chosen my frankenboxes or even nesting in the insulation under the eaves over the more professional boxes that I have purchased. Swallows, apparently, have good taste.

I am so lucky: the first hummingbird of the season (a male Rufous Hummingbird) turned up at my feeder this morning; my windows look out into the vivid emerald green of spring; my yard is filled with the sound of swallows, robins, juncos, chickadees, woodpeckers and so many other birds and spring has just started. There is simply not enough time in the day to take it all in.

The world is such a wonderful place, isn’t it? Happy Earth Day!

all photos and writing copyright J.A. Siderius, 2015. Just ask if you want to use it. Visit me at to see more photos.

  1. Love the Rufous hummingbird in flight photo!

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