It has been pretty hot here in Arkansas for the last couple of weeks..no rain. So it was time to haul out the hoses and give all my plant life a drink. Fortunately, I discovered how to improve the water pressure so now, I can do the entire back yard in only two sprinkler positions instead of the five or six that I used to be stuck with. Anyway, while I was getting all the paraphernalia set up...hauling from the garage to the back yard, I apparently disturbed something in the butterfly bush.
Too busy to check it out, I went about setting things up and turning on the water. Then I went back to the front and of course, passed the butterfly bush again...up flew a wood thrush. He landed on the fence and we just looked at each other for about half a minute and then he flew off.
Man, he was pretty. I hope he comes back. I did some research on him and found out that this is the only thrush that nests near houses. They like overly bushy areas near walls...well he picked a perfect spot. This bush that I planted almost two years ago has taken over everything.
When I got here last week, it was so overgrown I got out the pruner and went to work; surprisingly, a robin was giving me "what for"...it just kept yelling at me. I didn't see any nest or any other bird in the bush but he was really quite insistent that I get out of there...so I did.
Here's the bush, even pruned it is pretty thick.