The blogging website has been down so I have been unable to post until now. They seemed to be doing some sort of maintenance.
I thought you might enjoy seeing how beautiful the rhododendrons are right now. I always think the pink one is my favorite until I see the red one, and then I can't decide. The red one really brightens up the front of the house
Speaking of pesky animals, yesterday I noticed a wren coming out of our bluebird house which I knew had a nest of baby chickadees in it. I shooed it away, opened the door to the birdhouse and found 5 dead babies. I looked on the internet and discovered that wrens regularly kill nestlings, or destroy the eggs, and take over the nesting boxes of bluebirds and chickadees. I already knew they tried to establish their nests in bluebird houses because I have had an ongoing war the past couple of years with wrens, who insist on nesting in the bluebird house even though I have provided them with their own houses. But I didn't know they would kill the babies of birds who were already using the nests.
Two or three years ago we had a pair of bluebirds nesting in the house, and so loved watching them! But now every time they come near, the wrens chase them away. I do not like wrens!