Crazy Hawks

We have so many hawks this year I guarantee you will see them several times a day.

This grown hawk the darker red one and the juvenile were together in a tree that fell down this week from the storm.

This was a favorite lookout tree on the fence line for the hawks I am glad it will be gone but this part of the tree is still upright the other half the tree was uprooted.

I do like taking pictures of the hawks they photograph pretty well and their colors just blend in with nature.

Capturing wildlife while posing in nature scouting the next meal.

Another day another hawk

The hawks are everywhere.

Do not get me wrong I love looking at them but when I go outside after I feed the birds I can spot four different ones in trees.

I am going to try hanging small mirrors to see if that will keep them away.

Does anyone else have any ideas?

As you can see this one was eyeballing the ground from high up in a tree.

Mockingbird

This mockingbird literally flew in front of my shot.

I was taking pictures of the blue jays splish-splashing in the birdbath for an early

morning bath.

I guess the mockingbird got jealous and wanted to be the center of attention.

It was underexposed which is why it is darker but the lighting was so beautiful I kept it.

When this bird interrupted my photo session I could not pass up the opportunity to get his picture.

I love my backyard birds they are always ready to show off their beauty.

Juvenile Hawk

This is one of several Red Shouldered Juvenile Hawks in our area.

He is sitting on one of my bird feeders I watched him eyeballing for little birds to land. Thank goodness none landed at the time I was taking pictures.

I was able to get a few pics before Zoee saw him and barked chasing him off.

Nature is just right outside take the time to see what is your area and get a few pictures.

Beauty Berry Jelly

In Livingston in the woods beneath the trees lies the beautyberry bushes.

They are everywhere if you can beat the wildlife to them you will have a treasure.

The wildlife loves the berries but they are too tart for people to eat. They do make some delicious jelly.

My grandchildren picked almost two gallons and then asked me to make some Jelly.

This was my first time making the beauty berry jelly but it turned out great.

We ended up with 14 half pints in the first batch and 8 pints and 2 – 1/2 half pints in the second batch.

That was not too bad for almost 2-gallon zip locks of berries.

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.

Juvenile American Robin

At the bird bath on the side of the house, I noticed some new visitors.

It took me a little while to realize these were juvenile American robins. The color on the chest was for sure the robin orange color but it was speckled this meant they were juveniles changing colors.

There were about 4 of them I could not get a good group picture but this little one was glad to pose.

The birds have been spending a lot of time in our 6 birdbaths without rain there are no puddles so they get water from what we put out.

I love photographing birds they always see you and watch you closely but they do not mind posing.

Buzzard silhouette

This buzzard landed in a tree in the backyard on the fence line.

The sun was rising behind him which makes for a good silhouette.

I have never seen a buzzard cooling off in a tree with his wings wide open.

I had to laugh thinking we all wish we could do just that Texas has been hot this year there is no doubt.

The blue jay, redbird, and sparrow

It was prime eating time and time to throw some seeds around.

These birds make a mess but most of the time by the afternoon the other birds have cleaned up the mess.

This is a juvenile blue jay because he is nowhere near as big as the larger male birds. This is also a juvenile cardinal.

I feed early in the morning in 4 different feeders and there sometimes is a traffic jam. I can look out the french doors and see 3 blue jays, 5 redbirds, a few woodpeckers, dove, sparrows, and chickadees all eating breakfast together.

By nighttime, all the seeds are pretty much gone.

The birds give me the opportunity to photograph them while they enjoy a feast. If I am lucky I get to catch them in the bird baths later.

The sounds of nature and the beauty of the birds are all around us. Listen carefully and you will learn which bird makes what sound.

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.

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