Usually I see the deer right at dusk but today was before dusk and they were not phased my my presence in the least. Most of the time their head and nose was very close to the ground. Every now and then they would give me the what for as in the photo above. Not sure if this fellow is putting out food for them or not. When I first spotted from a distance there was only one and was chowing down on food under the feeder.
This is my favorite pose but not with an air conditioning unit in the background. I captured very few photos with heads high like this one.
I seem to have captured a lot of action shots, today, as well as that tongue thing they do.
So, today, I walked three miles – two this morning and one late afternoon….SO….maybe I am on a roll.
I had fun at the Farmers Market this afternoon. I found the most beautiful bell peppers – red and green – bought one each for myself and for my neighbor as well. A beautiful basket of apples which I also shared. Okra – that I shared, too. Pretty yellow squash, just a few. Peas just shelled and butterbeans that the lady had just that moment finished shelling. So that was fun. I came right on home and prepped everything except the peas. So lots of good veggies here.
This was supposed to be a flower blog entry until the deer appeared. Did not even get to sort through them and upload them. I also have a critter that I will try to upload that I found on the milkweed. I did post a photo of what I am thinking is a cocoon or chrysalis in the making on the dogbane from this morning.
Cool Temps Sweater Weather Morning Rains NO WALK My Sunshine Bird
This little bit of sunshine surely brightened my day on an otherwise very dark day. He only stayed for a couple of minutes or less and never returned.
Somehow I caught its mouth wide open. I saw it but did not know I captured it.
Kind of lined up waiting their turn.
Almost There After a Bit of Acrobatics
Made it! Carolina Chickadee
Lined up – There seems to be a pecking order even within the same kind of bird.
The Carolina Chickadee seems to be lower on the pecking order but it waits patiently for its turn.
This little wren seems to have lost its tail.
I did not go for my walk as was raining early am so just slept in until 8. There was no reason later in the day that I could not have walked….I JUST DID NOT. It is really easy to skip walking if you give in to it. One time skipping leads to another time skipping and so on so is best to not skip at all even if it is just for a short walk.
Remember a year or so ago me seeing the whole flock of turkeys at the pileated woodpecker deadend. Well, believe it or not, I spotted one wild turkey this am at the very same deadend from long distance. I stopped COLD TURKEY no pun intended and started snapping photos. Would love to have gotten closely but it already seem to be on the run. I just hung back from afar.
The nuthatch is a fun bird to watch. They are fairly small birds and super fast – flyin and flyout type birds in the blink of an eye. Thus is really fun when you get to watch them walking the tightrope and acting all acrobatic as in the photos above to make its way to the coconut shell feeder.
It has been awhile since I have added an update here. Sorry about that. Will try to do better.
Yesterday, when I was walking the neighbor with the two pretty butterfly bushes that is right across the street from the woods, her brother was planting. I asked what he was planting as I could see it was something pretty and yellow. He said a butterfly bush between the other two purplish blue ones. So this am, I stopped to get photos.
I have never seen a yellow bush before.
Yellow Canna Lilies
Yellow Daisy-Like Flowers
Goldfinch on the Hummingbird Swing -All of the small birds are enjoying the swing.
A Golden Yellow Yellow Butterfly on the purplish blue butterfly bush
Thus a yellow blog today.
On June 15, the 4th egg was laid, so I have four beautiful blue eggs that have been incubated since 6/15/2017.
Today is June 28th, and still not babies. That makes it day 13 or 14 depending on which day you started counting. I just knew today was hatching day but it wasn’t or not yet.
This is the proud brave Papa. I say proud after abandoning my box for a second nesting elsewhere, he almost lost his nice home in my yard to a pair of beautiful tree swallows. He defended it fiercely.
The tree swallows showed up and I got all excited thinking I was going to have tree swallow baby birds.
Just when I thought tree swallows the bluebirds came back to claim their box. Then it was back and forth between the bluebirds and the tree swallows.
So it was back and forth for a few days but in the end the bluebirds won out. They built their nest as they finished up their second nesting somewhere. Quite awhile the box was just empty and finally they started to build. They took their time and then seems it was days before eggs. After that an egg a day with the last one laid on June 15th. SO babies, anyday now.
Well, it has been quite awhile since my last post about my baby bluebirds. It is just amazing how fast they have grown and developed from day to day. They have a good set of parents, for sure and a nice snug box. I need to talk a bit about the box as well at some point.
In the last update, I included a photo of the beautiful soft blue eggs in wonderful nest and a quick snap of the babies the day they were born – April 25. How exciting. I have not checked them every day but every other day especially if it was raining or cool.
Babies Not As Big As Finger Day 3 April 27, 2017
April 29, 2017 Baby Bluebirds Day 5 Birds are quite active – especially the bigger older one. Feather fuzz is developing quite fast.
Unbelievable how much they developed by one day later on Day 6 Babies Close-up April 30, 2017
Bluebird Wing Feathers Developing Rapidly on May 2, 2017 Day 8 Pretty Amazing
Well, that is the bluebird update. I had an exciting three days with the rose-breasted grosbeak as it only stays three days and feeds and refuels I guess for its trip farther to somewhere.
Saw my brown thrasher yesterday and today on the back bank. I have more than one red cardinal – saw three at once one day this week. Today, I saw a yellow, orange and gold flash and am not sure what I saw. No photo. Was wondering if it might be the Magnolia Warbler or perhaps an oriole….I am thinking wasn’t large enough for an oriole though I have never seen one. So I have a flash shot in my mind.
I saw my first fledgling at the feeder perhaps day before yesterday – a tufted titmouse. It has been several times today and I do have photos. It comes to the feeder all trembly on the top perch of the feeding station. Before the parents can get to it, it flies away. The parents look all bewildered trying to find it to feed it. It is fun to watch the babies especially when it is one of their own. Last year, they ended up with an ungrateful cowbird baby who was quite ugly to the little tufted titmouse. NATURE!
So Long until next time.
Yesterday, five little bluebirds appeared to replace the pretty blue eggs that were in the bluebird nest. I was so surprised. I snapped a quick photo and closed it right back up as was misting a bit after five days solid of rain. I will try to get a better photo next time. Not today though. A neighbor asked to see them, so I opened the box to show her. They were already active, this morning. It looked like they had grown new feather fuzz overnight. I did not take photos as she was talking and I did not want to keep them open too long or upset the parents too much. So until next time, here is yesterday’s photo.
I was taking photos of the male over on the platform feeder when suddenly he popped over to the sky cafe where the lady was busy feeding. I think if he had his way she would never get a bite to eat other than the sweet morsels he shares with her. This is a dream scene that is almost impossible to capture the exact moment. Just in the last week, I have missed it time after time. Just that quickly he pops over to her – sometimes when she already has a mouth full.
So, yesterday, I caught them behind the sky cafe but missed the perfect moment. I had the moment before and the moment after. Today I lucked it. Isn’t it great that the sky cafes are see through. Otherwise would have missed the whole event or actually events as he fed her three times in quite a short few moments. Could have been seconds. Who’s counting at such a moment. I can go back and check the timing on my photos.
The first feeding I missed completely as I followed the bird but aimed low so all I got was body language but not the two beaks meeting. So the photos above were the next feeding. The photos below – three of them were from the third feeding. This is most unusual as it is usually so fast and no photo.
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This is a photo of a Brown Thrasher from Saturday, April 8, 2017. He was busy singing his heart out. First, I thought it was a mockingbird by the way it was singing different tunes. However through the viewfinder I saw specks which are not a characteristic of mockingbirds. I listened to its song on allaboutbirds and, YES, was the very same tunes. Amazing. So I started working to try to capture and get a good shot as it was high up in a tall older tree with many branches, limbs and leaves beginning to fill out. Luckily, it flew to a tree across the street so that the sun lit him up completely. I have other great shots but liked this one where he was just a singing.
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