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May 30, 2017

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The Zen Birdfeeder

Via email from Jack Wolfe of Huntsville AL:
I am Jack Wolfe living in Huntsville Al. I have finished reading your email about the loss of Mr.Cardinal. We love our Cardinals also but we are blessed with a couple nest each year in our yard. We no longer attract Purple Finch we did at one time.. Every couple of years we may see a few Pine Siskin's but not very often. I shared your message with my wife over coffee we both enjoyed reading them.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Ooh, Diane, that loss of the mom with known babies is especially tough.
Moral of the story: when we deeply observe nature, it comes with the good and the bad. Good luck with your next bluebird family and thanks for your comment.

Diane Porter

I'm sorry for that hole in your heart. It is hard. I'm still not over watching a sharpie make off with the female eastern bluebird whose 5-day-old babes were in the birdhouse in my garden. It's been about three weeks, and at last the same male is back in the other birdhouse in the garden, with a new mate and 4 eggs a few days old. I hope for better luck this time. For the bluebirds and for me. For the hawk, I wish it good luck but elsewhere.

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