Well this was unexpected. I’m out in the backyard (as usual) and I suddenly hear the familiar call of a Purple Martin. There was only one. I need to check my previous blog entries from last year, because I think it was about 3 weeks later that the first appeared. **Update: The first Purple Martins […]
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I thought I would provide a little update on my dogs as they have been featured throughout my blog for a number of years. Maggie, the Golden Retriever, turned 12 years old on January 10, 2014. From what I have read, the average age of a Golden Retriever is around 10-11 years old, so I’m […]
I’m going to assume that this is the same Rufous Hummingbird that visited last Winter. I’ve seen this little bird for about 1 month now, and it is a real challenge to get a quality picture. I actually pulled out my bird blind to get these pictures I captured today. This bird is very skittish. […]
Well, it’s been a long time since I have posted any pictures. Quite honestly I was just taking a break, and running a little short on time. Despite the dreariness of Winter, I do have quite a few Winter birds in my backyard including American Goldfinches, Pine Warblers, Pine Siskins, House Finches, Northern Cardinals, Tufted […]
Recorded another video tonight of the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. The light was not that great, but if all goes well I should be able to record some good videos over the weekend.
Are you ready for the Fall Migration of Birds and Monarch Butterflies? Fall officially starts on September 22, but the migration for many animals and insects have already begun. Journey South (for the Fall migration. For the Spring migration it’s called Journey North) has published it’s second update for the annual Monarch Butterfly migration (http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/fall2013/update090513.html). […]
Ventured out in the heat to take some pictures of the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. A juvenile male Hummer volunteered as my subject. He was feeding on the Bottlebrush, Coral Honeysuckle (always a favorite), and just the regular hummingbird feeders.
As I’m watching my multitude of wildlife cameras positioned throughout various places in the backyard, I notice a raccoon raiding my bird feeder. It’s actually a nightly occurrence, so I’m rather used to the invasion. I occasionally spray hot pepper sauce on the food, but this was one of the days that I neglected to […]
I’m continuing to see Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. It’s still about 3 weeks early from when I normally see large numbers of them, but I always welcome their visit. Right now, I think I have about 5 hummers. It’s not uncommon for them to hang out around this large Chaste tree that I have. It provides […]
This is actually the fourth seed pod from a single Queen Palm tree that I have in my backyard. I haven’t done anything different this year versus the other 7 years that I have had this tree, but for whatever reason, the seed pods are just emerging like crazy. Even though this is the fourth […]
I’m a little late in posting this picture. I actually took the picture on August 12, but I guess I never created a post about it. Anyway, this is the remaining pair of Eastern Bluebird siblings I had from a nest earlier this year. The father continues to visit occasionally, but the mother has not […]
In addition to my recently discovered mystery regarding Wrens and Cardinals eating mealworms, I also seem to have an influx of Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. Traditionally, I might see one Ruby Throated Hummingbird in the Summer months, but so far I have counted four. It’s way too early for them to have already started migrating (typically […]
None of these pictures I’m going to share are that great, but since I haven’t posted in a while, and I’ve witnessed something I think is a little unusual, I hope you’ll bare with me. If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I put out live mealworms for […]
Well if it’s not one thing it’s another. Today while putting on mealworms for the Bluebirds, one of the recent fledglings decided to pay a visit. I could tell when it first arrived something wasn’t right. For one, it’s tail feathers haven’t grown in, although that’s a minor issue. It appears this fledgling has splayed […]
I saw some shedded snake skin in my bird stream today. After looking around for just a bit, I saw who the skin belonged to. It’s a Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake. Really a beautiful snake as far as snakes go. I just took some pictures and left it alone. It might eat a few lizards […]