Juvenile American Robin

At the bird bath on the side of the house, I noticed some new visitors.

It took me a little while to realize these were juvenile American robins. The color on the chest was for sure the robin orange color but it was speckled this meant they were juveniles changing colors.

There were about 4 of them I could not get a good group picture but this little one was glad to pose.

The birds have been spending a lot of time in our 6 birdbaths without rain there are no puddles so they get water from what we put out.

I love photographing birds they always see you and watch you closely but they do not mind posing.

Buzzard silhouette

This buzzard landed in a tree in the backyard on the fence line.

The sun was rising behind him which makes for a good silhouette.

I have never seen a buzzard cooling off in a tree with his wings wide open.

I had to laugh thinking we all wish we could do just that Texas has been hot this year there is no doubt.

The blue jay, redbird, and sparrow

It was prime eating time and time to throw some seeds around.

These birds make a mess but most of the time by the afternoon the other birds have cleaned up the mess.

This is a juvenile blue jay because he is nowhere near as big as the larger male birds. This is also a juvenile cardinal.

I feed early in the morning in 4 different feeders and there sometimes is a traffic jam. I can look out the french doors and see 3 blue jays, 5 redbirds, a few woodpeckers, dove, sparrows, and chickadees all eating breakfast together.

By nighttime, all the seeds are pretty much gone.

The birds give me the opportunity to photograph them while they enjoy a feast. If I am lucky I get to catch them in the bird baths later.

The sounds of nature and the beauty of the birds are all around us. Listen carefully and you will learn which bird makes what sound.

Birdhouse wall

The grandkids and I love to craft together.

We have this birdhouse wall on the side of the well shed.

All the houses would not fit so there are a few more across the yard from these.

We have not seen any birds nest in them but who knows maybe some birds will like condo-type living.

This was done more for decoration to add some color to the backyard.

Make your yard stand out with bright colors so every time you walk out there it makes you smile.

Baby Cardinal learning to fly

This young cardinal is somewhere between 9 – 11 days old that is when they fledge the nest.

The day before yesterday I was watering the shrub it was in and boy did it squeal. With our current drought, there’s not been a lot of rain. I had no idea there was a nest in the shrub.

A few hours later I look out and I see the parents circling it to get off a limb of another shrub and fly. I got to get a few pictures in between all the action. I can hear them fussing so I know the baby is not listening.

This was my first time seeing a cardinal fledgling and I adore red birds so this meant a lot to me.

Hawk in the fog

One morning last week it was really foggy the dew was heavy and wet feeling.

I noticed this hawk on the fence post across the street sitting there with feathers slightly ruffled pondering the idea that maybe later there would be some sunshine.

I was able to get a few shots through the window without being spotted.

This hawk having a bad feather day must know how it feels when we have a bad hair day.

Nature truly inspires me and always makes me smile.

Birds in Feeders

Around here there are so many birds. I have to have different kinds of feeders in select locations so everyone can eat.

These birds decided to sit in the concrete feeders I made.

One is having seed and one is having orange slices. I have learned not to throw away fruit there are certain birds that love it.

The little things in life make each day special look around and find some little things.

Hummingbirds in flight

On the Texas gulf coast we have some varieties of hummingbirds that stay year round.

If you spend a few minutes outdoors you will hear plenty of them and see them. If you are lucky you have your camera and the correct settings and the right lens on at the time you can grab a few pictures.

I try to keep at least two feeders out even thought just about everything in our yard blooms. The feeders allow me the chance to get the pictures I want.

This young hummer in the last picture thought the flower on the feeder was real.

Hummingbirds are some of natures tiny wonders little birds that fly so fast you barely see them but their beauty is outstanding.

Doves

These mourning doves were in the feeders last week.

They are so beautiful I love looking at them.

Most of the times the doves are not easily scared off. They just drop by to eat some seed and then they go on their merry way.

I love it when the wildlife comes to visit.

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