Chickadee

These little chickadees love this new food I ordered from Chewy.

C & S Bluebird Nuggets Wild Bird Food it was a 8# box for $9.77.

I was hoping to attract the bluebirds to eat it but the chickadees love it too. I just filled it back up again this morning.

We currently have 2 feeders in the front yard, 3 on the side, and 4 in the backyard. I mix chicken scratch and black oiled sunflower seeds for the feeders. It is important to use different types of feeders to attract more kinds of birds.

The joy of watching the birds and squirrels at the feeders brings nature into our backyard and I get to photograph it in return. It is a win-win situation for us all. LIFE IS GOOD!

Eastern Bluebirds

The Eastern Bluebirds nest about 3 times a year but some of them keep coming back to this same nest in the orange birdhouse.

This bird house needs to be repainted but I have to catch it without birds in it or without birds trying to nest.

I found a great deal for our grandson Andrew some wood scraps for making birdhouses. He loves to build stuff and never has enough wood. Someone had 200 pieces of picket fence cut offs 10″ long by 5″ wide for $10.00 I gave them $20.00 because I felt like it was worth it.

We delivered the wood to him yesterday and all the siblings helped unload. I ordered 4 birdhouses 1 for each of them to paint bright colors for me. We will see when Andrew gets these built but hopefully this weekend.

Providing homes for our feather friends is something I truly enjoy.

Peek a Boo

We have an old dog pen that is in the corner of the backyard that is roughly 15ft x 30ft the grandkids call it the secret garden because it is secluded and you do not know its there.

It is almost hidden the fence has Cana lilies and trumpet vine growing on the fence and towering over the fence is morning glory bushes 8 – 10 ft. tall. On the inside and outside are purple showers. There are spider lilies, day lilies Louisiana iris and paperwhites.

There is a large bird house a few several small birdhouses and bird feeders as well as what was intended on being a tadpole frog pond that needs the liner replaced but it might become a new turtle pond.

Sometimes you get a surprise and the friendly peek a boo squirrel will peak his head out of a bird house I think he is trying to make it his home he is enlarging the hole see the shavings on his face.

There are always birds in there eating the seed I put out and most of them are not that shy.

There is a bench to sit on and enjoy the view you are hidden from anyone seeing you that’s why its called a secret garden.

I truly enjoy the wildlife and I am grateful they like the secret garden.

Woodie Woodpecker

The birds have been flying all over since the latest rain and cold front.

I caught these two red – bellied woodpeckers hanging out at the feeders. The one on the right looks a bit older than the one on the left I believe they are both juveniles.

Every time I see woodpeckers I think of the woody woodpecker cartoon that was so popular during my childhood.

Nature at its finest showing off for me and my camera.

The eye of the hawk

This Hawk landed on our flag pole in the pasture.

I was taking pictures through the French doors and slightly over exposed the pictures. I always get in a hurry and just start shooting without checking my settings first.

The pictures took on the look of a painting and I really like the look.

Natures beauty is all around us if you watch closely you might get to capture it on camera.

Hide and seek

This little squirrel set off Kiwi the Nanday Conjure when you hear his loud squawk you know there is an intruder.

Kiwi makes this squawking noise for snakes, hawks and squirrels. Mostly its the hawk aggravating him. Its more of a panic type squawking noise you hear but you can always tell he has spotted something.

This time it was our friendly squirrel way up high in one of our large oak trees that is right in front of the window Kiwis cage is in. I love to watch the squirrels we see a lot when we go walking.

Here are a few pictures of him being perfectly still and making himself part of the oak tree limb. I think he was playing hide and seek from the bird, the cats and me and my camera.

I appreciate the wildlife we get to see and enjoy. This week we saw a doe two different times while we were walking. I always tell her hi so she can get use to my voice. The first time she ran off the second time she stood there.

Take the time to appreciate nature and her beauty and respect the fact it is there for you to enjoy. Life is good!

My little friend

This little squirrel has been trying to figure out how to get into my bird feeder.

This is one of my concrete leaf bird feeders and it is attached with brass chain. Finally he decided to climb down the chain and there he sat waiting for me to get his picture while enjoying some bird seed.

Life is good nature is great each day offers something new and exciting to see. Take the time to notice what is right in front of you.

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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