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.

Possum Sketch

Tuesday morning it was raining again and I noticed the cat looking at something out the french doors so I decided to check it out.

In the pasture was a young possum. It was raining so I could not venture too far out with my camera but I grabbed a few pics and they were all blurry. This is what happens when you are trying to hurry.

Frustrated I started playing with sketches and I was able to I turn this one into a possum sketch.

They are not the prettiest of animals and sometimes a bit scary looking but I try to appreciate all the things I get to take pics of.

Double Trouble

Monday morning after the rain storms I spotted these two cotton tail bunnies in the front yard.

I went to get the camera and they were actually still in the same place when I got back. They do not look very old to me.

This was a great way to start off my week with wildlife in the front yard.

    Life is good!

For the love of nature

You realize as you get older things are harder to do, you tire out easier and need more breaks. Honestly, that is okay because at least you are able to to do something you truly enjoy.

Listening to the birds sing early in the mornings is one of my favorite things to do.

I was talking to my mother n law and she told me she loves that too and she sits outside early in the morning waiting on her ride to mass.

The sun on your skin a fresh breeze in the air & being surrounded by nature is such a beautiful feeling.

Nature has a way of making you feel alive.

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Little Bunny

I saw this little bunny hopping around the back yard he was lucky the dogs were not out there to play chase.

When I went outside & he did not see me I stayed sort of hidden by a tree and I was able to get about 8 – 10 ft from him before he hopped off.

He was eating fresh cut grass.

We use to see lots of bunnies all the time but the Hawks look at those, squirrels and dove as easy meals. The dove decline this year is drastic.

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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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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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