The Little Raccoon

It has been exactly four years, today. One of my neighbors said, she has a raccoon family sitting in the tree of her alley. The day she mentioned them, I couldn’t make it over to her house. And later it would have been too dark. The next day I asked her, if she has the raccoon family still climbing that tree. She said, that Momma Raccoon and two of her babies are gone. But for some reason, she left one behind. If it still sits there by itself by Monday (following day), she will call wildlife rescue and ask what the deal is, and if they gonna take care of the youngster.

In the meantime I used the opportunity to capture some photos of the little raccoon, before I had to go to work. When I arrived in the alley, the young raccoon took a little nap on the tree. But it woke up, when my camera made shutter noises. It was a cool and wet October day. The wind blew strong, and it drizzled. I know, that wildlife is taking good care of itself. But I fell sorry for the little guy/gal up there.

I don’t know, what the outcome was for the little critter. But I hope, he/she got back to Momma or into safe care. ❤

Blue Jays Love Peanuts

At this morning I re-filled the bird feeders, again. Since the blue jays and Mr. Squirrel love peanuts, I always put some in the slinky feeder. Well, it didn’t take long until one of the blue jays landed on top of the dog house to see, how it can get one of those peanuts out of the slinky.  Seconds later the jay jumped up, pulled a peanut out and flew with it to higher grounds. He/She had to work a little bit, before it could get that peanut. The shelled nut didn’t come out of the slinky so easily. But since blue jays love challenges, it seemed to be a ‘fun game’ for the bird.

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The blue jay hangs on to the slinky for dear life, to pull a peanut out of it.

Sneaky, Little Critter

While I uploaded pictures on my laptop, I noticed some movement from the corner of my eye, outside the window. Mr. Squirrel came over for breakfast. Since the blue jays ate all the peanuts, I put for them in a coat hanger/slinky feeder, the squirrel ran up the other branch and tried to climb down on the bird feeder from above. What a sneaky, little guy! I don’t know, if he got a snack. When Mr. Squirrel saw my dog, which was behind the patio door, he ‘froze’ for a moment, before he jumped into the other tree to watch everything from a safe distance.

Now, Joshua, one of my Mainecoon cats, sits on the roof of the dog house and pretends to be on guard duty. In reality he looks for a fresh bird snack. 😀

Bullies Get What They Deserve

As beautiful and handsome Mr. Cardinal is, he also is a bully! I watched him before, and this morning I watched him, again. The plate and space can’t be big enough, but he still has to peck on Mr. Sparrow. “It’s all mine! Go away, Sparrow”, Mr. Cardinal insisted by pecking and flying all over the other bird. Mr. Sparrow had enough and flew up in the tree. But the ladies didn’t take Mr. Cardinal’s bullying lightly, and flew down one after the other to the feeder. Yeah, he didn’t like the fact that five female house sparrows stood up against him. So, he flew off himself.

More Black Swallowtail Caterpillars

After all the Black Swallowtail caterpillars became lunch for the bird babies last Spring, we finally get more caterpillars in our garden this Autumn. This time the caterpillars seem to hide better in the thick leaves of our parsley. Yesterday, another Black Swallowtail butterfly laid more eggs on the parsley. The chances are good, we have more caterpillars hatching soon.

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We have more Black Swallowtail caterpillars in our garden.

Hummingbirds In My Garden

It is that time of year, when the hummingbirds migrate from Canada to Central America, where they will stay to spend the Winter. When I water my garden, I hear them chirping all the time.

Over the last several years, I have seen hummingbirds visiting my garden to energize and get ready for the long flight along the Gulf of Mexico. I usually put a couple of feeders up, and I have flowering shrubs, they like to feed on. Last year, I created a little hummingbird garden next to my greenhouse, which included a firebush, bougainvillea, lantana, and some salvia (garden sages). I also added a water fountain for quenching the hummers’ thirsts and taking a bath to cool off in this North Texas heat. My reward was that the couple visited with their offspring. Three young hummingbirds and their parents chased one another, having a drink of nectar from the trumpet vine blossoms, and then chase each other again.

I would love to find a hummingbird nest one day. Maybe someday Momma Hummingbird decides to build her nest in my yard. That would be so awesome!!!