Ready for Retirement

My husband will be retiring at the end of March.

He saved vacation to make his last 5 weeks left easy. He is taking off every Monday and Friday until the end of March he wanted to experience 3 day work weeks lol.

Last week was his first easy week and he really enjoyed it. We did accomplish a lot last weekend.

Once he is retired we get to decide what we are doing and if we are going to move and find our next forever home. I have to call this home our forever home #1 since we have lived here for 41 years.

We would like a place with 20 – 30 acres so I can have some goats and some cows. If we can find property next to a national forest we would not have to worry about a subdivision on top of us. I prefer a house to be there already with some minor updates needed.

The whole idea of being surrounded by nature is quite exciting. I could take plenty of pictures & feed the wildlife.

This all sounds so relaxing and if there’s water its all the better.

Life is pretty exciting when you are entering this stage and the only thing you are responsible for other than yourselves is the dogs, cats, and birds.

 

 

 

Eastern Bluebirds Nesting

Finally, the Eastern Bluebirds have decided to nest in our yard.

I am beyond excited we have been trying to get them to nest in many birdhouses we have for the last few years.

They are a bit picky when it comes to birdhouses. They do not like perches on therehouses, they do not want to be in a tree or above 5ft in height.

We will keep this in mind for the future.

Birding in our yard is priceless because I never know what I might get to see.

Neotropic Cormorant

These two birds are Neotropic Cormorant.

We spotted these two beauties while out at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, Texas.

I like the way these birds colors look painted on.

Hiding Squirrel

Everyone here knows I love wildlife and when I get a chance to capture some animals with my camera it’s all the better.

This squirrel was hiding he made himself flat as he could to become pressed against the tree trunk.

I love squirrels! When we were kids our Dad brought home a baby squirrel he found and we had him for a pet for along time. We will call this one Fuzzy # 2.

Bird bath party time

I have been taking quite a few pics lately of the birds having birdbath parties.

Out of the corner of my eye I spotted some very bright low and behold it was a Bullock’s Oriole. These birds are from West Texas not our area so its not wonder I have never seen one before. I had to come in and grab my Birds of Texas book and look him up.

Notice the water spraying across the picture from the action of the birds in the water.

I have seen him two days in a row and both times he was with the Eastern Bluebirds so I am guessing they are friends.

Since the birds seem to crowd into the shallow birdbath the most I am going to take my deep ones and turn them into planters and I will figure out how to have a trough type bird bath so 20 or so can get in at the same time. Just imagine the pictures with that.

Its so funny because there will be 8 in the birdbath and another 8 flying around waiting for the shallow birdbath. By the time they are done there is no water left in the birdbath.

I go out and refill it and they will come back while I am still outside.

I love my birds as much as my grandmother and my dad did.

Appreciate the beauty of nature it is all around us take the time to enjoy it each and everyday.

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The Beauty of Hummingbirds

We have quite a few hummingbirds around here.

I think they like our yard because there is always numerous different plants blooming all the time.

We have 3 feeders out under the oak trees in the backyard.

When you see several chasing each other that is usually because the different species that are fighting. We have atleast 3 species here. They do not like to be at the feeders at the same time.

Here are a few pictures of the ruby throated hummingbird.

I was able to capture these images over the weekend. I had on my 400mm lens and they were about 10 – 12 ft away.

I make my own hummingbird nectar using this recipe.

1 Part White Granulated Sugar

4 Parts Water

Red food coloring is okay if you use only a few drops if the feeders have some red on them they will find them.

Stir until disolved thouroughly.

If you live in the warmer climate areas it is a good idea to change the nectar often because it sours from the heat. Always place your feeders in the shade.

The hummingbirds are so small but their beauty brings such joy to the world.

Our Duck Friends

The Black Bellied Whistling Duck were back last weekend.

I was able to get these pictures early a.m. it was so bright outside.

They sat there on this dead tree on the fence line and let me put out food in 4 feeders.

I was only 8-10 foot from them they never budged.

The red ones could be the parents of the rest with the whistling ducks the parents are similar in color. The juveniles did not have their color yet you can tell they were still young.

We mix black oiled sunflower seeds and chicken scratch & all the birds and ducks seem to love it.

Feed the wildlife and enjoy their beauty right in your own backyard. Once they get use to you they will pose for the camera.

These beauties come and go an sometimes come back a few times a day.

Game Camera

I asked our son Jeremy to tell me what game camera we needed to purchase to find out what is eating the watermelon rinds we throw in the pasture.
He suggested the Campark Trail Game camera it is $69.99 on Amazon.
120 Degree Motion, Night Vision and 1080P with 14MP.
There was a $10.00 coupon so it was now $59.99 but I had $ 10.00 in points so it ended up being $49.99 with free prime shipping. I love a good deal!
It will be here on Friday and we will see what is in the pasture at night.
We know there are deer, armadilla, possums, squirells and lots of birds. Something was eating it at first but leaving the rind. Now there taking the entire thing.
It could be several different things but my moneys on Deer or Hog.
The mystery will be solved soon enough and hopefully I can figure out how to post some pics from the game camera.

Yellow Crowned Night Heron

This juvenile yellow crowned night heron has been hanging around in our pasture.

They say the juveniles will stay in the area they are raised for a good while.

We have had a lot of crawdads from all the rain and that is one thing they love to eat. You will often see these birds in the ditches hunting for bugs and crawdads.

Nature never ceases to amaze me and I truly enjoy getting to see her beauty in the wildlife that graces us with its presence from time to time.

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