An opossum in a tree

The opossum are often called nature’s garbage disposal.

They eat fruit, bugs, spiders, rats, mice, snakes, compost, dead plants, and animals.

Jack has a compost pile I am sure they are enjoying. Since we have no chickens all the vegetable and fruits scraps go in there along with the eggshells, tea bags, and coffee grinds.

They can be scary looking when they show their teeth and hiss at you but they are scared of humans and will leave when they see you.

This youngster climbed this dead tree near the back fence and she stayed there a good while I think she realized she was pretty high up.

Notice how long her tail is going down the left side of the tree.

In the last week, we have seen squirrels, rabbits, and opossums. Last month it was water snakes and armadillos.

Maybe I should put out the game camera and see what else is lurking around at night.

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Rabbit in the grass

We have a very healthy population of wild rabbits.

I found out my brother n law feeds them in the barn and they all run up and gather at his feet. My husband saw this and could not believe it.

They come over here and get in the garden and roam the yard.

The other day 6 or 7 of them stretched across the 2 acres but they were heading to his house 2 acres over from us I think he was running late feeding them.

It was like “Revenge of the Rabbits”.

The beauty of wildlife never ceases to amaze me and getting to photograph it is an added bonus.

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Lazy Day Squirrel

I love my squirrel visitors most of the time when I see them they are in my bird feeders.

Last Friday this one decided to have a rest while he was in the bird feeder. I was 6ft from him and he never budged. He stayed in there for at least 30 minutes if not longer.

On this particular day he was my lazy day squirrel he has done this before but I missed it. The grandkids told me that they saw him in the feeder laying down taking a nap.

This squirrel all laid out reminds me of Fuzzy our pet squirrel our dad brought home to us when we were younger.

When I see squirrels I always think of my dad I know this was his way of reminding me he is always watching over me.

 

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Baby Armadillo

We have a baby armadillo that roams our yard and it is always by itself.

Zoee seems to think it is here for her entertainment and she takes off running like a fool in the backyard to find its trail. She has not tried to hurt it but she barks at it and that gets a bit annoying. The baby seems to ignore her and just goes on digging and eating lol.

I can get close enough to get some pics but they mostly have their heads down so it’s hard to get their face. This was my 3rd attempt.

This one is fairly small I would say its body is about 10″ long at the most.

Armadillos are omnivores they eat meat and plants but their diet is mostly made up of insects, larvae, beetles, termites, etc. that they dig up from the ground. They are known for eating baby snakes and snake eggs.

They love to dig so you will find holes in your yard from them digging. We live in the country so you have to take the good with the bad.

I appreciate the fact they help keep down the snake population because I am not a fan of snakes.

Getting to enjoy the wildlife is what country life is all about. Taking pictures of the wildlife is like the added bonus.

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Eastern Bluebirds Nesting

Finally, the Eastern Bluebirds have decided to nest in our yard.

I am beyond excited we have been trying to get them to nest in many birdhouses we have for the last few years.

They are a bit picky when it comes to birdhouses. They do not like perches on therehouses, they do not want to be in a tree or above 5ft in height.

We will keep this in mind for the future.

Birding in our yard is priceless because I never know what I might get to see.

Neotropic Cormorant

These two birds are Neotropic Cormorant.

We spotted these two beauties while out at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, Texas.

I like the way these birds colors look painted on.

Hiding Squirrel

Everyone here knows I love wildlife and when I get a chance to capture some animals with my camera it’s all the better.

This squirrel was hiding he made himself flat as he could to become pressed against the tree trunk.

I love squirrels! When we were kids our Dad brought home a baby squirrel he found and we had him for a pet for along time. We will call this one Fuzzy # 2.

Bird bath party time

I have been taking quite a few pics lately of the birds having birdbath parties.

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted some very bright low and behold it was a Bullock’s Oriole. These birds are from West Texas not our area so its not wonder I have never seen one before. I had to come in and grab my Birds of Texas book and look him up.

Notice the water spraying across the picture from the action of the birds in the water.

I have seen him two days in a row and both times he was with the Eastern Bluebirds so I am guessing they are friends.

Since the birds seem to crowd into the shallow birdbath the most I am going to take my deep ones and turn them into planters and I will figure out how to have a trough type bird bath so 20 or so can get in at the same time. Just imagine the pictures with that.

Its so funny because there will be 8 in the birdbath and another 8 flying around waiting for the shallow birdbath. By the time they are done there is no water left in the birdbath.

I go out and refill it and they will come back while I am still outside.

I love my birds as much as my grandmother and my dad did.

Appreciate the beauty of nature it is all around us take the time to enjoy it each and everyday.

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The Beauty of Hummingbirds

We have quite a few hummingbirds around here.

I think they like our yard because there is always numerous different plants blooming all the time.

We have 3 feeders out under the oak trees in the backyard.

When you see several chasing each other that is usually because the different species that are fighting. We have atleast 3 species here. They do not like to be at the feeders at the same time.

Here are a few pictures of the ruby throated hummingbird.

I was able to capture these images over the weekend. I had on my 400mm lens and they were about 10 – 12 ft away.

I make my own hummingbird nectar using this recipe.

1 Part White Granulated Sugar

4 Parts Water

Red food coloring is okay if you use only a few drops if the feeders have some red on them they will find them.

Stir until disolved thouroughly.

If you live in the warmer climate areas it is a good idea to change the nectar often because it sours from the heat. Always place your feeders in the shade.

The hummingbirds are so small but their beauty brings such joy to the world.

Our Duck Friends

The Black Bellied Whistling Duck were back last weekend.

I was able to get these pictures early a.m. it was so bright outside.

They sat there on this dead tree on the fence line and let me put out food in 4 feeders.

I was only 8-10 foot from them they never budged.

The red ones could be the parents of the rest with the whistling ducks the parents are similar in color. The juveniles did not have their color yet you can tell they were still young.

We mix black oiled sunflower seeds and chicken scratch & all the birds and ducks seem to love it.

Feed the wildlife and enjoy their beauty right in your own backyard. Once they get use to you they will pose for the camera.

These beauties come and go an sometimes come back a few times a day.

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