For some reason — probably an unknown, unusual food supply — cedar waxwings have been hanging around Wichita longer than usual on their migratory way, Bob Gress of the Great Plains Nature Center says. "They're a good garden bird," Gress says, noting that there are still hundreds around the nature center. "A lot of people are enjoying them." Enjoy now, because soon they will be (or should be) gone.
Break the beaking
We've been fielding calls about birds knocking their heads or beaks into windows incessantly. Gress advises opening the window or putting something — perhaps a bamboo shade, or even cardboard — on the outside of the window to break the reflection that the bird is attacking, thinking he's fighting for his territory. It will need to stay up for a month to six weeks.
In bloom at Botanica
Oriental poppies, including this Papaver orientale "Royal Wedding." It's in the Project Beauty Shakespearean Garden. Also blooming: irises, peonies, roses, columbines, knautia, baptisia, spiderwort, pansies.
Pool safety tips
* Equip doors and windows that exit to a pool area with alarms.
* Install a poolside phone, preferably cordless, with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial.
* Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
* Keep rescue equipment and a first-aid kit poolside.
* Install four-sided isolation fencing, at least 5 feet high, equipped with self-closing and self-latching gates, completely around the pool to prevent direct access from the house or yard.
— Rita Rowlen, Ultra Modern Pool & Patio
Song of the week
"I Feel the Earth Move," Carole King, 1971 Oh baby, when I see your face Mellow as the month of May Oh darling, I can't stand it When you look at me that way...
Question of the week
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