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July 31 – I heard a squeak and a crash and hurried outside to find Hobie hunkered over this wee one.  I say wee one in the sense that this is a fledgling Hairy Woodpecker.  It was a little shocky to begin with, but calmed down rather quickly.  I placed it in a tree, where it remained for awhile.  When I came back to check, it had climbed far into the top of the tree and while I watched it glided across to the next tree, then went THUNK into the trunk.  It had flying down.  Landing, not so much.  I went to pick it up, but it had already climbed up the trunk and played a little hide and go seek with me around the tree.  Then it flew across and thunked into another trunk.  Mystery solved as to how Hobie caught it.  I took him inside to let the woodpecker have some practice time.  I assume it got the hang of landing, as it was gone later.  I was pleased to have had the chance to hold it.  Made me wish I had some bird bands so I could have banded it and later seen if it visited my feeders during the winter.

I have a good collection of woodpeckers here.  Downy, Hairy, Red-bellied, Red-headed and Pileated have all visited at one time or another.  I also have sapsuckers though they leave during the winter.

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July 30 – The gladiolas (gladiolii?) are beginning to bloom.  Looks like white and red, so far.  Solid colors.  I’m thinking next summer I will get some fancier colors – variegated and shaded.

July 29 – I had thought this rose had died over the winter as it was quite blackened.  Then some leaves started forming lower down and now, this lovely little rosebud.  Plants amaze me sometimes.  I also have a succulent that had been eaten by deer over the winter (I had NO idea they would eat *that*) and now it has grown from probably two tiny leaves, about the size of pine needles, to a respectable little bush again.  This winter it gets put inside, away from deer.