Showing posts with label Wildlife. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wildlife. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Noisy little bird

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The very distinct metallic sounding notes sound like a warning ...

ah, there he is, the Red Cardinal on his favorite spot in Myrtle Glen, the very top tip of the roof




I know he misses the extra height of the weather vane but with the solar panels up we don't want to take any chances.
So he perches, straight and proud, right THERE:




Hahaaa, zooming in a bit closer, he does not look so fearsome with his wet belly drying off after his morning bath.




Allaboutbirds.org listen to Red Cardinal sounds


Thursday, July 19, 2018

New visitor


It took me several days before I was able to capture this Brown Thrasher on camera.
It seemed the bird knew exactly when I had the camera with me, it then darted in to get a peanut from the feeder and off it went to hide in the shrubs. The times I did not have a camera on me the bird hung out and surely was laughing at me.




But I can be sneaky, I plopped down on the garden bench, not moving, camera hidden with a towel, waiting patiently for the hungry bird to want a peanut.




Since offering peanuts the Brown Thrasher and Blue Jays come to visit, but I also have peanut plants pop up everywhere most likely thanks to the squirrels planting them in flower beds and pots. 





More about the Brown Thrasher





Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Weeding weeding weeding

Florida pellitory

Having weed free flowerbeds in a backyard wildlife habitat is not really a good thing. There are native plants we call weeds because they flourish and multiply happily without extra water, fertilizer or special pampering. And yes, they most likely will take over my small Myrtle Glen if left alone, so I do weed, but selectively (Florida natives in Myrtle Glen)


Friday, February 16, 2018

Waiting for 14 years

Yes, 14 years for this little guy to move to Myrtle Glen!

We always had the Common House Gecko around where ever we lived in Florida. But strangely, none showed up when we moved here. There were a few blue-tailed skinks and anoles, but no gecko.




Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A new visitor in Myrtle Glen



 This beautiful bird is an American Redstart, a first of its kind stopping by in Myrtle Glen on his way to his winter home farther south.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

New Koi

A generous neighbor shared some of his koi babies with me. His koi pond is most beautiful, with lots of river rock and a large waterfall on one end. The other end of his pond is covered by a wooden bridge, and the pond sides have large overhangs for the koi to hide under.



Gator, Fred and Goldfinger and the new koi

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Baby pictures



So exciting, I love discovering the baby birds in the back yard.

This morning I heard the frantic alarm peeps from the resident Red Cardinal couple while feeding the pond fish. Hearing loud rustling above me I see a young Cardinal hopping and fluttering and falling in between the tangles of the Petrea vine.  No way for me to snap pictures in that thicket.  Baby kept hopping and ended up in the near white powderpuff shrub.



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hunting....


I am hunting, with my camera...



this Giant Swallowtail. One would think this huge butterfly is slow enough so one can follow, but not so! 
It sails through the air, quickly around the shrubs, up into the sky, diving ,gliding, avoiding me ...



I am chasing it all around the back yard, never able to get close enough. I must have taken 50 shots by now ... until it discovers the golden glowing Lantana. 


Finally, I am admiring this Beauty close up forgetting to snap pictures




Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Birds, Butterflies and Moths



I have finished and added a few more pages, Birds, Butterflies and Moths I observe in our backyard.

The Birds page lists the flowering plants our Hummingbirds like to visit,



the Butterfly page has a list of easy to grow host plants



and the Moth page shows close up pictures of the beautiful polyphemus moth.





Friday, May 16, 2014

Is Fred a Fredericka?

Fred is a Fredericka. Just found out today….
Over the last few days I noticed Fred is getting big, and I was worried he may be sick.
On the picture, if you look closely, you can see Fred and his big belly

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

A first-time visitor


A first-time visitor in our yard, but hopefully not for the last time, a downy woodpecker



Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Our Resident Opossum

The Opossum, North America's only marsupial,  a fun animal to have in the yard!

I am reading opossums are smart, smarter than dogs, but I'm thinking it is not too smart since it wanders often in our large trap (we have this trap set up for raccoons visiting our koi pond) ... or maybe it IS smart enough to know it gets a yummy treat and will be let go early in the morning ;-)




Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Turtle update


The little turtle that wandered into our yard at the beginning of July is still sticking around. Sure makes me happy :-)

This yellow belly slider loves fish food, but is very shy.  Took me a while standing perfectly still to snap this photo. And I had to silence the clickie noise on the camera.





Monday, August 27, 2012

Royalty in the Garden


Everyone knows and loves the Monarch butterflies, and when meeting their needs with planting milkweed and nectar plants they aren't a rare sight in the garden. But the Queen (and the Viceroy) are not so often seen, so when they visit Myrtle Glen, it sure is a royal event!

A few weeks ago I noticed two Queen caterpillars on the yellow milkweed. Queen's caterpillars are similar to Monarch caterpillars but they have three pairs of filaments, these feeler-like extensions are sensitive to touch and sonic vibrations.




Saturday, August 18, 2012

Good Morning...


... the sun is shining after last night's rain, the air is steaming just like in a green house... I am sure that is why this froggie sitting in an orchid pot looks so happy :-)


Monday, August 13, 2012

Youngsters



Summertime is not just the best time for human youngsters, but also for youngsters of the feathered kind, or the ones with scales and shells, and of course the shedding ones.

Tread careful and light-footed so not to harm the little ones, and avert your eyes so not to scare them. I want for the kids to have a wonderful summer with food in abundance to grow up in peace and to get strong and smart before the winter months.



How tiny! I am pretty sure those are young Mollies.I had bought 5 (white and marble colored) and was told they will multiply like crazy.  They will have to learn all the good hiding places since I am sure the Leopard Frogs and the turtle will keep their number in check.