Yesterday we finally finished the back fence! While we built we had some entertainment from the birds. As I was standing practically inside the Pink flowering currant (ribes sanguineum) to hold it up for my husband, a hummingbird literally buzzed right by my ear to try to chase away another that must've quietly been hovering near me. They made quite a fuss chasing each other. I saw that the Rufous won out, like they usually do. He didn't mind a bit that I was there and even hung around while I tried to get a picture. If you enlarge the picture you can see his red throat.
A bit later I started noticing sticks dropping from the pine tree. I knew they were from some other type of tree and was a little confused. The day before I noticed quite a few under the same tree, it had been windy so I just assumed they had blown off the maple tree and ended up there. While I was looking up I noticed two crows landing at the top of the tree with sticks in their beaks. It looks like they are building a nest high up in the tree. I hardly noticed crows in our yard until last summer. Now they must have decided this is a great place to live, because I've seen 3 other pairs building nests in the trees across the street and behind our house.
Back to the fence. This is a new clematis 'Henryi' that I just planted to grow on the fence. I've seen the name of this one quite a bit, and often read that it's a favorite. It's supposed to have 8" white flowers, and bloom June to September. They will grow in part shade to full sun and get to be 10 to 12 feet long.
More sun is due today, and I hope to get some planting and cleanup done.