Texas State Bird

The Texas state bird is the mockingbird.

We have had one hanging around in our yard I know it is the same one is she goes to the exact same trees in the same spot every day.

Shes always singing and making noise. The only thing I hate is she keeps the bluebirds out of the yard I have seen her chase them off.

In the second picture, she caught a spider with eggs. Her favorite tree is a dead one.

The singing of a mockingbird is constant it is like they do not even take a breath.

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Three ducks in a row

The ducks have been back about a month now.

Sometimes there are just two and other times there are 10 but almost always they are in pairs.

In this picture, there was only three I am not sure what happened but sometimes the other partner shows up a few minutes later.

Are you ducks in a row?

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They’re Back

Last year we got lucky and the cedar waxwings found other mulberry trees so we actually got to pick some.

This year they are eating our mulberries before we can pick them.

There will be 60 in the tree at the same time chowing down.

Daisy was mad because she loves mulberries and she went out there and was looking all over the ground to find some. I finally found a few on the ground for her. Yes, our dog picks berries lol.

Nature is so beautiful and these birds colors are truly amazing. I enjoy watching them even if they are thieves.

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A little woodlark

Every now and then you see a bird whos markings are different.

This little guy I think is a woodlark is much lighter and really stood out at the feeder.

I love getting the chance to photograph different types of birds than I normally see.

How many bird feeders do you have?

We have 3 off the side deck 4 in the backyard that are similar. Then we have two hanging feeders, two wire cage feeders that hold the suet. Then we put out 3 hummingbird feeders.

Proving nature with the seeds for life gives me the chance to help them out and get a few pictures in the process. It is a win-win situation.

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Eastern Bluebird

This is a male Eastern Bluebird he was flying in and out of our cypress tree.

I had a really hard time getting a picture of him.

I love their colors and you can always get a glimpse of them out of the corner of your eye because of the bright blue color.

There have been quite a few of these birds around here we are trying to get them to nest but they are so picky about their birdhouses. They like something about six feet above the ground not a lot higher and for sure, not lower.

I want to put out some dried mealworms because they are supposed to love those but I need to figure out a feeder for them.

If anyone feeds these birds let me know what you feed them & what type of feeder they like.

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The beauty of a cardinal

My grandmother loved feeding the birds but I never remember her buying bird seed.

Her birds would get scraps from lunch or dinner but the birds ate it all. They would eat beans, cornbread, fruit and old bread. I always remember lots of cardinals and blue jays in her backyard. It was like the minute she walked out there they all came and they were not scared of people at all.

My dad loved feeding the birds and the raccoons and I loved watching him enjoy nature in his own backyard.

I think I was always a nature lover but when you have others teach you the beauty of wildlife it gets passed down even more.

We have lots of feeders here and I feed quite a mixture of seeds & suet. You can mix chicken scratch and black oiled sunflower seeds together for easy cheap mix and the birds love it. I recently bought some safflower seeds to feed occasionally.

This bird is a juvenile female cardinal she found some red berries that fell off the asparagus fern growing off our side deck.

They say a cardinal represents a loved one who has passed. They usually show up when you miss them the most. In many ways, I believe this because lately, my dad has been on my mind.

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Buzzard balance

There seems to always be buzzards flying overhead but I rarely see them on a fence post nearby.

Notice how the one struggles to balance on the tiny fence post.

He kept showing off and the other one is looking at him like ” Really”.

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Hawk Stalk

I saw this Hawk in the pasture stalking the birds I guess I was doing the same thing.

I figured by the time I grabbed my camera he would leave but he stayed for a few quick shots even though he saw me.

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Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Often times, when I am looking outside, I see a quick flash of yellow fly by.

This is the Yellow-Rumped Warbler this one is a female that is a juvenile. Next year her colors will be even brighter yellow.

They are quite the little songbirds I love hearing them sing.

I was actually in the house and shooting out a closed window I am surprised they turned out this well. She was about 12′ from me. I was using the Canon 400mm lens.

Listening to all the bird’s songs is one of my favorite things to do. It makes me feel at peace.

Nature sounds are all around you just need to take a few minutes each day to enjoy it.

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