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.

Clearing our Property

We have paid the mulcher 2 times to clear our property then we paid the tree plucker 2 times plus he did some mulching at the end.

None of this would have been possible without our daughter Jeanelle supervising the mulchers and tree pluckers while they were there. Our son-in-law David did our first burning and it took a few days to burn out.

Basically, if you are buying forest land please know up front this will cost you about $5000.00 to do for two acres.

They have to clear an area so you can burn the trees without burning the forest. This of course has to happen when there is no burn ban. In the meantime, you have huge piles of trees to look at. This picture was at the beginning of the new piles the second tree plucking and after the first burning of piles.

What you can do is pick and choose the trees you want to keep. We wanted to keep some magnolias, sweet gums, oaks, maples and a few we were not sure of the names. I love trees and I know it takes a long time to get them to grow very big. I wanted to save plenty of trees even if we have to cut some down later on. We found 10-foot tall or taller magnolias.

Next up we will get the electricity and the well.

We think we are building kinda to the left in this picture. Every time we go there we have problems trying to decide. It’s not easy to figure this out especially when you know later on you will add onto this for your new permanent residence.

Right now we have sunrise behind us and sunset in front of us it really is perfect.

In the cabin, I want a lot of large windows as many as I can get because I want to see the outdoors while indoors. In other words, I want to be one with nature.

Being surrounded by trees and wildlife is going to be wonderful plus having the grandkids within walking distance down the trails.

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!

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