Where in St. Louis am I?
Friday, May 14, 2010
"Shotgun" housing used to be more commonplace here, but has given way to some renovation as the area modernizes with the times. The term "shotgun house" comes from the design of the structure. A long, narrow house with either a single hallway down one side or no hallway at all allowed urban legend to state you could step in the front door, fire a shotgun straight through the middle of the house and out the back door, and not do any damage to the home or it's rooms.
The Hill was home to many Italian immigrants starting around the turn of the 20th century. Not wealthy, these families clung to their communities through some of the tougher times this country, and city, has faced. Where most communities lose their tradition and "keep up with the Jones'," not The Hill. The hold very close to their roots.
Above, is the childhood home of legendary Yankee, Yogi Berra. Yogi lived directly across the street from another Yankee legend, Joe Garagiola. Buddies in childhood, their homes are both honored with plaques out front making them easy to find as you drive around the neighborhood on Elizabeth St.
For more information on this and other St. Louis neighborhoods, check out the following link to my Flickr account and read the descriptions of my "collections," "sets," and individual photos.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I did some research online and found they are not permanent to the St. Louis area. They winter here and farther south, but breed up in Canada. The only resident WCSparrows are in the Pacific Northwest.
They start appearing in April here, but peak in May. By Memorial Day, they are extremely scarce. So, I hope to see these guys this winter along with my Juncos. They were neat to watch for the 10 minutes I had the chance.
I haven't had a chance to get my feeder station plans moving forward. But, pics will follow when I do.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Lately, the bird traffic has been on the light side. But, we have also had very stormy weather for the past few days. Here are some shots of the storm's damage.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Last weekend the shed came down. Yay! I hope to get this mess cleaned up soon. However, work is making things tough. Yay, again!
The new shed is a slow-going process, but will be located off the frame to the right along the BACK of the yard. The reason I emphasize "back" is because the fools before us put their shed right smack in the middle of the backyard. I doubt I will offend anyone when I call these folks complete idiots. Once cleared away, I will plant grass seed where the old shed was. And, we will add some Forsythia bushes to frame the new shed next spring. All along the back fence will be a wildflower garden with Shasta Daisies, Black-eyed Susans, Echinechea, Purple Coneflower, and a variety of Sunflowers (that hopefully get huge). The idea is to attract birds and butterflies, and provide some nesting supplies near my bird feeding stations.
I hope to have my own wild bird sanctuary in a couple of years right in my backyard.
More details to follow....
Saturday, April 10, 2010
The bird feeder station renovation is beginning. I have removed my ugly shed. I now have two nice piles of wood and debris in the yard. Maybe tomorrow I will put up a pic or two. I need to get this trash hauled off, though, before it rains because I have some things that are now exposed to the weather....like my stash of fertilizer. Haha..I had a bag of quick-set concrete that apparently got wet, and is now a 50lb block of rock. That was a nice discovery today.
I have also bought a nyjer feeding sock for the finches. Yes, I spent $35 on a nice, durable metal mesh nyjer feeder. But, the birds don't seem to care for it. So, I wanted to buy something to compare. Day 3 and I have a pair of Amercian Goldfinches, and a House Finch, that can't leave the sock alone. I caught the Goldfinch male on it three times this morning alone. And, if they were visiting the other feeder while I wasn't looking (doubtful), they prefer the sock since that is all I see them feeding on. I may switch some of the feed to see if it's a "freshness" thing, but something tells me it's the style of feeder. The goal, however, is to get them used to feeding from the station, and pull the sock, leaving them with nothing but the other feeder. Maybe they will get "hooked" on the nyjer seed in this specific location and keep coming around. If not, I will need to sell the other feeder just to get some of the money back. I am not fond of wasting $35.
Now, I have to get some pics up tomorrow....lol.