The days become shorter and cooler. Winter is almost here. I’ve noticed more and more birds come back to visit my feeder, again. This morning, I added some peanuts for the Blue Jays. Mr. Blue Jay made his brunch time announcement. And Mrs. Cardinal flew from the neighbor’s tree in to mine. Her mate and Mr. Finch followed her. After all the birds enjoyed their meals, they sat in the tree in rested for a bit. A full birdie tummy feels good in this roller coaster weather.
Our little chickadees visit our garden since mid November. They are here for a couple of days. Then I don’t hear and see them for several days, before they come back and visit our feeder again. Today the chickadees noticed, that I put up a feeder with sunflower and safflower seeds. It’s a special blend for the cardinals and their friends. The chickadees were very happy and stayed in the yard for quite some time. As a reward, they were singing their sweet little songs.
Sandy came down to the critter feeder, after I refilled it with tried corn, peanuts, sunflower seeds and other goodies. She kept munching away her little seeds, when Chewbacca got her attention. He sat on the porch and watched her for a little bit. Sandy looked at Chewie and froze for a moment: “Oh no! This crazy feline sits there and watches me from the porch, again.” Chewbacca went over to the tree and sharpened his claws on the bark. Sandy jumped further up in the crown of the tree and chattered at him. She was not happy at all and gave Chewie the third degree. Chewie decided to leave Sandy alone, when Joshua jumped over the fence back into the yard. It was more fun to roll around with his buddy in the grass, than getting into it with a feisty squirrel anyway. Yes, Mommy (me) said though. 😉
Due to the cooler weather, I refilled the bird feeders earlier today. Guess who was my first guest telling all the birds, there is food for everyone? Yep, it was Mr. Cardinal. After he ate a few sunflower seeds, he invited the Blue Jays, the House Sparrows, the Dark-eyed Juncos, the Mourning Doves and the White-winged Doves over for lunch.
The last couple of mornings, I’ve noticed a familiar sound in my trees: “Chickadee-dee-dee! Chickadee-dee-dee!” That’s right. It’s this time of the year, when the Chickadee couple visits my feeder. They will probably stick around until early Spring, again. Cute, little birds!
Texas Arbor Day is a reminder, that it time to get the trees planted at this time of the year. With the cooler conditions, a tree can establish better. In the years to come, we can enjoy their shade in Spring throughout most parts of Autumn. Since 2013, we celebrate Texas Arbor Day on the first Friday of November. Did you hug a tree, yet? No? That’s alright. Sandy did it for y’all.
Happy Texas Arbor Day!
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. ❤