Spring Sightings

  

  
  Lately I have loved sitting here at my kitchen table and watching the goings on at the bird feeders. This morning I watched this squirrel leap to the feeder, swing around then leap off again. Some think of them as a menace, but I sort of like watching them.  

  

  Sam was not having any of his shenanigans.  They had an old west stare down. I swear they had an intense “who’s going to blink first” contest. Well the squirrel blinked, then Sam threw herself into the window! Sam won. The squirrel ran away. Good girl.

(Yes, that is a bb shot hole in the lower right hand corner of the window.)

(Famous last words between a mother and son, whose practicing his shooting skills on some soft drink cans lined up on this here brick wall…Me: Point that thing AWAY from the house! Son: Aww, don’t worry Mom, I haven’t missed a shot. See?….crack.) 

 Also around the bird feeders was a baby bunny. Awww….sooo cute. Sam chased it away by her usual throwing-her-body-against-the-window. Sam. 

 Sam was barking away at something under a bush. She would run to me all excited then run back to the bush, totally wanting me to see what she found. And here it is! A snake skin. Where there is a snake skin, there is a snake. Hopefully it’s a good garden snake. 

 Again Sam was barking away at something. “Look Ma! I found something!” This time it was at something in our tree by the garage. At first I didn’t see anything, but upon closer inspection I saw this little sweetie. Oh my doodness! Check out his mohawk.  

  A few weeks ago, I spotted a robin swoop into the jessamine vine. I think this is sooo beautiful. I wish I could sit and watch her weave her nest. It’s perfect! I’m betting the fluff of fur came from Cappy, the dog next door.  
 About a week later, this little guy hatched. His little fur/hair/feathers/fluff looks so soft.  At the back of the nest, I see the mud momma robin used to hold it together. How did she do that?

  And now about 10 days old. Wow. Absolutely amazing.
No, Sam has not been able to get near these sweet babies. Momma Robin does a quick dive bomb whenever Sam gets near. When I have been watering, I’ll notice Momma with a worm in her mouth. I’ll stop what I’m doing to watch her feed her babies. I’ve felt completely overwhelmed by this scene. It is so beautiful to see God’s perfect creation in action. 

Have you taken the time to notice the world around you? God’s hand is everywhere. Look for it. And praise Him.

Thanks for dropping by, 

 

Nat-Geo Girl Meets New Feathered Neighbors

Nat-Geo Girl here again to report on some new feathered neighbors. Last week I introduced you to Helen, Frank and their chicks, Georgie and Louise.

20140508-112939.jpgAs you may remember, Frank was a handsome fella, who glided in and out of the nest bringing the bacon home to the family. Ok, maybe not bacon, per say, but food non the less. I thought things were going well.

20140508-114018.jpgThen one morning , I went to say hello and I saw this…an empty nest. Did the kids grow so fast that they were ready to leave the nest? Did a hawk have some finger lickin’ chicken for dinner? Maybe they were part of the A.W.P.P. (Aviary Witness Protection Program)! Whatever the reason for their leaving, I wish them well.

20140508-114617.jpgSo, a day or so later, I notice a momma robin dart in and out of the Jessamine Vine on the other side of the column. Hmmm…Nat-Geo girl can’t let that go unseen, she must have a look!

20140508-114813.jpgOh My Doodness, More babies! I love his fuzzy mohawk he’s sporting there! Say hello to these southern, born and bred youngsters, Dixie and Jethro. Poor momma, just can’t keep enough food in the nest. This boy is hungry!

20140508-115558.jpgBeing the professional that I am, with my professional photography equipment-my iPad, I waited.

20140508-115705.jpgAnd I waited for Momma Peaches to come home from the supermarket.

20140508-120249.jpgI saw her next door gathering worms. (It was actually kinda funny with me on my belly, peering into my next door neighbors yard, trying to get a picture of this bird. But you know…us professionals have to go to great lengths to capture great photos!)

20140508-120539.jpgWhen Peaches flew away, I knew she was on her way to Dixie and Jethro, so I scurried back to my chair to wait. I saw her! There in the grass with a worm in her mouth! I didn’t move a muscle. (If you know me, you know hard this is for me! I’m a twitching, dancing, wiggling, spastic human being!)

20140508-120921.jpgPeaches is fast! but I got her!

20140508-121033.jpgIsn’t she beautiful? I think she’s pretty amazing. Building her nest, laying the eggs, and feeding the babies constantly.

20140508-121448.jpgI know, I know….birds since the beginning of time have been building nests…but you know what? I still think it’s amazing! Lookie here at some of the materials the cardinals used…sticks, leaves, paper and plastic bags.

20140508-122022.jpgI think I need to help my feathered friends with some nesting materials, like this one from Birding About.com.

20140508-122519.jpgMomma Peaches, don’t you worry girl, I won’t hurt your babies. I’m going to stay out of your way. But if you don’t mind, I’d like to sit back and watch with amazement as you care for your young’uns.

20140508-123056.jpgThey sure are a rowdy bunch!

Thanks for dropping by,

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