Taking turns

The mockingbird anxiously awaits his turn at the deep bird bath.

There are 4 bird baths together but the bigger birds prefer the deep one.

The mockingbirds can be aggressive but so can the blue jays I guess they figured out a system that worked out for them both.

Nature seems to get along just fine even when they do not know I am watching them.

Two squirrels visiting

These two squirrels visited on two different days.
The one in the actual feeder is smaller and more skittish than the other one. I feel like he is younger.

I feed the birds but a lot of different wildlife enjoy the seed.

Lizard hanging out

I saw this anole lizard hanging out on the Agave Mangrove plant.

The colors of the plant and the lizard went quite well together.

I have not seen many geckos since the freeze a year ago and that upsets me.

I need to find a location and import some to the house.

The critters in your yard are always watching you but at times they can be quite sociable.

Dove peek a boo

Around here you never know what might be sticking its head up from a feeder.

You could only see this dove’s head and she was so pretty.

After living here for almost 43 years, raccoons can be seen eating the bird seed at night. I am trying not to put out too much to avoid them moving in full-time.

I think it’s so sad that all the woods in our area are now subdivisions and the wildlife is being chased out.

We must protect our wildlife the best we can. I genuinely enjoy taking pictures of my visitors.

Wildflowers from the birds

This year, we have been finding the black oiled sunflowers all over our yard and pasture.

Well, this makes sense because I feed that seed.

The wildlife reseeds the seed you feed them, which is a win-win situation for all of us.

Life is good and these flowers can survive our drought then I have something to photograph.

Bunny

This year has been very productive for the rabbits.

We had a nest of bunnies in the backyard that the dogs found but we saw them and protected them.

We have 4 medium-sized rabbits I see every evening in the pasture and on the deck.

I saw two just a while ago in the pasture and today there were two babies eating bird seed.

I bought them some Timothy Hay and Alfalfa cubes to feed them. I am sure it’s better for them than birdseed. Jack is going to get me some rabbit food tomorrow. I am also filling water bowls around since this drought is brutal on the animals.

They have probably been watching us longer than we have them. I really do love the wildlife.

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.

The duck’s return

Every year for the last 5 or 6 years the black-bellied whistling ducks return.

I am not sure if it’s the same ducks or if they told someone else to come here.

These behave the same, nest in the nest box, and act the same.

Nature’s beauty surrounds us and the wildlife is everywhere you just have to open your eyes to see it and appreciate it.

Life is GOOD!

Hide and Seek

Zoee loves to play with the squirrels.

She chases them around the backyard and they run up trees to hide from her.

When the squirrel is hidden that drives Zoee crazy. She goes tree to tree hopping on her back legs trying to find her friend the squirrel.

This game entertains Zoee for an hour and she comes in exhausted.

The hawk on a T post

I spotted this red shoulder hawk on the fence post across the street from our house.

When they are on the fence post they are watching for the little birds in the bushes and grass along the fence line.

This hawk is very majestic looking just sitting and staring in the distance.

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