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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Lowes garden clearance

Every time I go to Lowes I have to go out to the garden center and check out the clearance plants.

I prefer the $1.00 ones and most of the time there is plenty to choose from that still look very good. The dollar ones are normally the pint-sized pots.

This year I have bought 12 Yellow trailing pansies and 20 Red Laser Cyclamen .

To give these clearance flowers an extra boost I miracle grown them 1 x a week for a month.

The normal price of these flowers would be $180.00 I paid $32.00.

Let’s just say SCORE!

I also purchased some red geraniums at Josephs Garden Center in Manvel. I had a few coming back from last year they were red so I stuck with the red and yellow theme for my purchased flowers this year.

I love springtime and adding a little color to the yard is something I do every year but usually, I spend a lot more money.

 

Honey Bee Heaven

The clover in the pasture is beautiful and there are a lot of honey bees this year.

All the rain we have had has allowed the clover to grow a lot and it is the brightest green. Good clover is honey bee heaven.

Seeing the honey bees really makes us both happy because we had a few years there were hardly any of them.

I was able to grab a few shots with my macro lens before this last batch of rain made even more mud.

The honey bees are small and they have to be strong to survive because so many things are stacked against them.

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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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The little calf

This is one of the two calves next door to us

They have grown so much in the last 2 1/2 weeks.

I was able to get out and slosh through the muddy pasture in my rubber boots and get a few good pictures.

The other calf was not interested in getting his picture taken this one seemed quite curious.

These two pics are the same but they are edited differently as well as cropped differently.

I love the new crops like the first one.

One of the joys of living in the country is getting to enjoy the cows.

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Ladybug vs Asian Beetle

The ladybug and the Asian beetle look very much alike but there are some differences.

Ladybugs have a red color and a black head. The Asian beetles are more orangish red and have a white face.

If your home has been invaded by what you think could be a ladybugs chances are its actually the Asian beetles.

These beetles will bury inside of the roof of a dogs mouth. There was an article posted in December in the Houston Chronicle about this. I will enclose the link.

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I took these pictures on Wednesday with my macro lens so they are still hanging around.

Look for the white head then you will know it is them. Some people say these beetles bite so beware.

Never let your eyes fool you what you think is a cute ladybug might be the evil twin in disguise.

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Coopers Hawk

The Cooper Hawks are stalking the birds in the clover in our pasture.

I caught two yesterday in a tree but one was gone by the time I got my camera so I was able to capture this one.

He let me get about 15′ from him before he flew away.

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Piggly Wiggly

This is a 1950’s Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store ad. WOW look at those prices compared to today.

My grandparents had a Piggly Wiggly in North Louisiana we would go to sometimes. I remember the giant pig sign.

It sure would be nice if we could have these prices back for a while.

My how times have changed in 65 + years.

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