It's Springtime after quarantine. When I ride my mtn. bike , I find more wildlife like the roadrunners.
WE get doves this time of year. 5 species: Inca, Ring Necked, Turtle, Mourning and White Winged. I had to learn that by rote. They'll be filling the air with different songs until about June. That's when they fly off with the new brood.
Edited by - Helix on 04/12/2021 06:16:56
That's just the future, don't be scAred.
A few days of snow in this part of the world... CTV Manitoba had this their "SkyWatch Pics Of The Day" segment.... apparently there's a nest with eggs under there:
Edited by - Owen on 04/14/2021 16:43:48
Seems that a duck has moved in. Have not seen him but I am regularly hearing the quack from the thick foliage beside the house. Surprised because I am a half mile from the river and no streams or ponds or creeks nearby. He seems to be a lonely guy as nobody ever answers his quack.
Hurricanes destroyed a lot of regional vegetation. I have a thick hedge that was not affected by the hurricanes. A pair of mocking birds are nesting there. My neighbor and I are entertained by watching the birds harass squirrels that come into my property.
I have a quail call and I duel with my mockingbird, he's not mine, I'm his.
All the females are pregnant flying around building nests.
There is a female Anna's hummingbird that is repeatedly shopping on some rags I have in the back of my truck, she tugs until she gets a little piece, trip after trip, I was making threads for her and she came up on my right ear and chirped at me, not hostility.
the Harris Hawks are homeland security, here's a mockingbird training homeland security.
Edited by - Helix on 04/26/2021 04:49:13
Did some yard work yesterday when it was sunny and clear. Rainy and dreary today. She pointed out that some Red Birds (Cardinals) were building a nest in the evergreen hedges in front of the house. I have already seen baby geese down in the marsh.
All the signs of spring are here or arriving.
We just finished the citrus perfume, the bees are hummin'
I have Orchid trees close by, I have video of bees and hummingbirds waiting for each other on the same blossoms.
A few years back We were seeing lots of Red breasted sapsuckers in the woods around here. All the alders were riddled with holes & they killed our lilac tree.
The humming birds were taking advantage of the sap & bugs that got stuck in it. It was fun to watch the sapsuckers chase off the hummers that always came right back!
My grape vines weep a few drops after pruning. No big deal.
BUT, the humming birds figured it out. They hover at the cut end of a branch and suck off the droplets of sap as they form. Must carry a camera when I'm pruning this year.
I hung the hose in the Orange tree and made a little column of water to oxygenate.
I had a hummingbird come in and fly around this column and drink, she'd never seen that before, like she was playing.
This morning’s sunrise. We had light rain
Four Harris Hawks
Edited by - Helix on 04/27/2021 06:43:00
We painted the place & purged a bunch of stuff. We had an old 3X5 mirror that I put on the deck to go to the dump. I was out there & this bold little bird was pecking at the mirror & I was worried it would hurt itself.
I turned it around & it went even crazier & pooped all over in front of it!
The cats zeroed in on a little evergreen tree in the backyard. It's that bird & it has a nest in it. There's 4 eggs in the nest. Dark eyed junco.
Tree swallows are back to one of my nest boxes. I don't get whats wrong with the other one. I guess it's Location,location, location?
We just flew our first family of Bluebirds. Typically we have two or three families a year per box.
I ground feed critters and feathers. Squirrels compete with the bluejays for the peanuts. Cardinals, finches, sparrows, small grackles?, robins, doves, etc. Sometimes the Red hawk and the Coopers hawk swoops down for meals. A possum getting tame enough to visit the back yard in the daylight-our cat loves to get close to it but not fight. does not seem to be a bother to the big mama possum. I have not seen a raccoon in a few years. And, the cottontail population has diminished a lot due to the number of redtail hawks and Coopers hawks hanging in this 120 year old neighborhood full of old big trees. Cat does like to hunt mice, and is successful enough to keep hunting. Brad
I saw a towhee yesterday. Quite the treat. They're not uncommon in this area but it's really hard to spot them. It flew off before I could get a good picture. But this is what they look like
Thanks, man We have towhees out here in AZ. They always work in pairs. One came and worked in my garden with me.
It ain't the same without birds.
Terry & I went to town today. She was driving so I got to rubberneck & look at everything I miss when I'm driving myself. We were going slowly through a playground area & an otter ran across the road. It was 4 feet long!
From where I was sitting I could see 2 small lakes that I hadn't noticed on each side of road from a passengers perspective. There's a playground , a high school & a rugby club & field there.
I moved one of my tree swallow boxes that wasn't getting any interest & I've seen them going in & some nest material sticking out. Guy up the road fixed his roof where some used to live.
I had to build a cage around my sorry looking teddy bear evergreen tree to keep the cats out of the Junco nest. There are 4 tiny babies now. We spray the cats with the hose on Jet if they go near them.
It could be a couple weeks until they fly the coop. Hope some make it!
That’s so kind of you,? You’re the kind who would take care
I found something today
This cactus houses Woodpeckers, Sparrows and a very robust Mockingbird
How did she get the net up there?
She got the jump on the competition!
Now she's goal tending. Eggzactly.
Edited by - Helix on 05/08/2021 17:25:44
'Leaving the Bunker' 1 hr
'Old Washburn E 329' 1 hr