Readers’ corner 6/4/07
More about the birds: This is from Britta Tigan: Despite 12 bird feeders and three bird baths in my yard, I haven’t seen the usual suspects this spring. My homemade peanut-butter suet is smelly and rotten. The sunflowers are so stale, I wouldn’t even eat them. I watched a scrub jay catch an insect in the air yesterday – maybe they’re going for high protein that wiggles. If this continues, I’ll quit adding ice to the bird baths in the afternoon to keep ’em cold. ‘Nuf is ‘nuf!”
Place to see baby birds: Maureen Harris spotted these while getting her oil changed. “Went to 10 Minute Oil Change yesterday and
realized that the overhangs to the buildings are just perfect nesting places – hence all the bird sounds. Many nests in the eaves and many baby birds peeping and waiting for parents to bring food. Think they are black-chinned sparrows – tons of them at 712 S. Auburn St. in GV. Great place to take children to view baby birds in their nests!”
And more birds: Terry-Ann (Grass Valley Gary’s wife), says, “Here on lower Rattlesnake Road, we are inundated with birds. Circling overhead is the Nevada County official bird, the vulture, along with red-tailed hawks. We have wood ducks, geese, morning doves, crows, robins, finches of many colors, grosbeaks, hummingbirds and a few nuthatches. There are bluejays and stellar jays. Leaving us now are the woodpeckers. Think we even have a couple of ravens.”
Girl Scouts & Interfaith Food Ministry: D’Lisa Turner, adult advisor and Nikki Turner, junior Girl Scout, passed along the info that Girl Scout Troop 192 is sponsoring a food drive for Interfaith Food Ministry from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the S.P.D Market on Zion Street in Nevada City. They will be accepting food items and monetary donations. One hundred percent of all donations will go to IFM. This service project is part of the requirements for earning their Bronze Award.
Eskaton’s Yard Sale: It will be from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday. There will be coffee and doughnuts for sale for the early bird shopper; later, there will be hot dogs and Italian sausages on the grill. Eskaton Village is at 625 Eskaton Circle off Via Colina Road, which is off of Ridge Road. Call Michelle Dean at 273-1778 for more info.
Humbug Days! It’s the 41st annual at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. Starts at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. There is so much going on! Attractions include the acclaimed bluegrass band Mountain Laurel, Alkali – Last of the 49ers, the Andersen Family Band, special ghost town tours, barbecue picnic, root beer floats, candle dipping, gold panning, children’s games and prizes, wagon rides, the world’s shortest parade and shooting the giant water cannon. Parking is free. Call 265-2740 for more information.
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