Thursday, June 28, 2007

Wren in a "cat'" box

Wren in a 'cat' box

I have a large oak tree in my yard and 5 nest boxes hanging from the lower limbs

Each year a pair of wrens set up housekeeping, usually choosing a different box.

This year a darn house sparrow kept chasing them off! Every box they put sticks in the sparrow would come.

The first picture is one I took back in March when the sparrow showed up

...setting up squatters rights.

The Wren kept switching boxes and after he had it all fixed up and waiting for his Mrs. here would come the sparrow. The Male will make many nests and then the female will pick the one she wants.

All of these nest boxes are located under this Oak tree. One year I set up a blind, but now I just sit either in the flower garden on the black wrought iron chairs, or on a little bench hiding behind part of the leaves that hang down

This morning I was determined to get a few shots of this bird wherever it was living.. I have been hearing it and seeing it go under there for a week or so. When pursuing bird pictures you have to have two things. Time and Patience. You set up , sit down and wait and wait and wait...... These wrens usually come in 10 - 15 minute intervals. So you have to be ready. They are usually in and out in a matter of seconds.

This morning it paid off!

Here he or she came with a big fat bug!

Open wide, baby, here it comes.

Doing a little housekeeping while he is at it.

and that is a Wren in a "CAT" box.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Ben mighty hunter

Ben 'loves' groundhogs but not the way you think. His bark tells me every time he has one cornered or in this case he surprised me by having one 'up a tree' I grab the leash and set out to drag him home, so he doesn't hurt one of them. check out the sideways video. Maybe next time I will remember you can't rotate them! dah!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

ben the mighty hunter

Ben the mighty hunter

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As you can see baby groundhog DID survive .

When I came home from work it was so hot and
humid and everything seemed to be moving in slow motion.
This squirrel was just hanging out on top of my swing board.

check out the red inside this female grossbeak's 'beak'. I have never noticed that before.

speaking of red, check out this female dove's feet. The sun burns bright at the end of this 90+ degree day.Maybe that is why I'm seeing red.

Arise, shine; for thy light is come and the glory of the LORD is risen. Isaiah 60:1

To God be the Glory.

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Monday, June 25, 2007

"Deer Hunting"

My "deer hunting" ride tonight produced very little.
The Crippled Doe is beautiful but poor thing has
such a hard time walking.

She was all by herself (no fawn in sight) and you can see how
difficult it is for her to walk with her bent
and mangled front leg.

A little further down I did see this buck, watching and starring
at me.
He was not coming out for me to see him closer. And with darkness coming my 'window on nature' closes.
To God be the Glory!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Baby Downy Getting Fed by Mom

My First 'Downy Babies'

I saw a downy woodpecker on the tree. Nothing unusual about that.
Then I saw a mom and dad climbing up together......
Aww w--it must be love- -dad is feeding mom!
OR is it, mom and dad in the tree
K- I -S -S -I- N -G

1st came love then came marriage
then baby downys without the baby carriage

Mom brought one to the suet and started feeding it!

How cute was that? My first time to see baby downy woodpeckers in my yard.

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