Mr. Squirrel keeps a close eye on me from the ground.
Mr. Squirrel keeps a close eye on me from the tree.
It is such beautiful weather, that I spent most of the day relaxing and listening to the birds’ songs on the back porch. Mr. Squirrel walked along the fence and jumped into the backyard. He looked around and checked me out for a little while, before he got some seeds from the feeder and leaped into the tree. If I hadn’t been sitting there, he probably had eaten a lot more. But he was not too comfortable with my presents and decided to wait to come back for lunch a little bit later.
Oh by the way, Mr. Squirrel just chattered something from my roof: “Don’t forget to remind everyone that the time will change tonight! We “spring forward” one hour! Crazy humans always mess my times up. Now I have to remember that I can’t jump across the street on hour earlier, due to rush hour. It even messes with my rhythm.” 😉
Don’t forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour, tonight! ~ Image Resource: Google Image Search
This morning, it was a little bit frosty. Thank goodness, Kevin brought our Meyer Lemon tree in. And I covered my tomatoes and peppers outside, last night. Once it hit 60ºF (16ºC), I uncovered the ‘maters and peppers to let the direct sun shine on them, around noon. While I was watering the beds I’ve noticed, a couple of Brown-headed Cowbirds sat in our tree. One was snoozing in the sun, while the other one had an watchful eye on me. Once I was done watering the plants in the greenhouse and closed the faucet, a little Dark-eyed Junco sat on my chicken fence and looked for food. I said to the bird I would get some, a little bit later. The feeder was just filled up, yesterday afternoon. But the grackles and cowbirds were hungry and came as a whole flock for dinner. I guess, I have to get more bird food ready and fill the feeder again.
Snoozing Brown-headed Cowbird
The other Brown-headed Cowbird keeps an eye on me.
“Nope! No food here!”
“Hey Lady! Where’s the bird food???”
We always have about half a dozen of Mourning Doves sitting in our Bradford Pear trees. They usually get accompanied with a couple of White-winged Doves. Mainly they sit there and wait until Lexi and Luis are done with their business and go back inside, so the doves can go back to the feeder. But the doves also enjoy snoozing in our trees, while they wait for Spring to arrive. It can take only a few days, until our Bradford Pear trees will break out in blooms. And this is usually a sign for the Mourning Doves that the mating season has begun. The trees will blossom and then the leaves come in shortly after the petals dropped to the grounds. The birds will have a sturdy hiding spot for building their nests in the tree crowns. Until then, they eat themselves fat and round at my bird feeders.
“Is it time to mate, yet???” “Nope! But soon. It can be only days away.”
That is a good spot to hold an afternoon nap.
Alert Mourning Dove
Sara played out side for a little bit. All of a sudden she came in and said: “There is a snake outside!” “Is it big or small”, I asked. “It’s small. You know, one of those snakes Katelynn plays with all the time.” So, we all walked outside to check it out. And sure enough, it was a little Rough Earth Snake. After I took photos of the snake, we put it closer to the shrubs. We didn’t want the birds to get wind of it. But we made sure, it was at a spot were it could warm its body in the sun. It’s a nice beneficial lady, that has to stick around and eat pesky bugs in our garden.
The Rough Earth Snake tries to warm its body in the sun. The ground was still very cool this morning.
The head of a Rough Earth Snake
A little bit of tongue to smell the surroundings.
She has such a beautiful skin.
Sara found a Rough Earth Snake near our house entrance.
Brrrr! It got really cool yesterday evening. The cold front dropped the temperatures down to the freezing point and the wind was even colder, today. But I went outside to feed my little friends: the birds, the squirrels, and the rabbits. As usual Mr. Blue Jay made the announcement, that food is served. And single every one showed up for lunch. Non of them cared about the rain. They were just happy to get all their little bellies full. ❤
Mr. Blue Jay announced, that the lunch is ready.
So much rain! So much “gold” from the sky.
Due to the warmer weather I could leave my greenhouse window open the last couple of days/nights. But this afternoon, the rain became more severe and a cold front moved in. The temperatures dropped from 70ºF (21ºC) down to 48ºC (9ºC) within a few hours. And it supposed to get even cooler tonight. In neighboring counties is Winter Weather Advisory until tomorrow evening. In the meantime, the wildlife tries to stay warm. And we don’t know, what happens to the trees, which just budded over the last few days. If Mother Nature is not bi-polar, then I don’t know what is is going on with this crazy ol’ lady.
A Mockingbird tries to stay dry in the budding Bradford Pear tree.
Mrs. Rabbit is grateful for the rain. Rain brings green grass and flowers, which will be great rabbit food.
Since the day we adopted Luis, our dog and Mrs. Rabbit have a special bond. Luis loved to chase Mrs. Rabbit through our whole backyard. And they both were fast. As soon as Luis saw her in the yard, he leaped halfway across the deck. But Mrs. Rabbit was fast enough to escape through one of the holes in the fence. Back then I thought, he wanted to catch and hurt her.
One day in Autumn 2016, I noticed something interesting: Luis and Mrs. Rabbit were running across the yard again, when Luis lost interest all of a sudden. He had to go and do #2. While he sniffed out an area to do his business, Mrs. Rabbit stopped running. Okay, that still looks normal. But then she turned around and hopped back to Luis. She sat maybe a foot and a half away and waited patiently for him. In the meantime she nibbled on some grass, until Luis was done. They looked at each other for a moment, as she would ask him: “Are you ready?” “Yep! I’m ready to play!” And the chasing game began all over again.
Since that day Mrs. Rabbit comes close to the patio door and waits for Luis to come outside in the morning. Luis seems not to chase her as much, lately. And Mrs. Rabbit looks a little bit bigger. She might be pregnant. Luis is a good pup and gives Mrs. Rabbit a break for now. And I can’t wait to see baby bunnies hopping all over our backyard, again.
Mrs. Rabbit waits for Luis to come out and play with her, every morning.