This whole day was kinda gloomy with gray skies. But all the birds did show up, again. This time, they came over with a couple of Goldfinches, in the yard. Yesterday, I had some Nyjer seeds in the feeder. The finches love them. And they also attract the American Goldfinch. Last week on New Years Day, I had one sitting in the tree. Today a had a couple. Let’s see, if more will show up in the following days.
Since my ribs were in the slow cooker, I didn’t have to worry about cooking in the afternoon. Therefore I enjoyed the time in the backyard, before the girls came home from school. While I sat on the patio, lots of birds and Mr. Squirrel came over for a late lunch. There were Blue Jays, Crows, Grackles, House Sparrows, House Finches, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-winged Doves, etc. I’ve got some good captures of some of the birds.
That’s what it must sound like, when the Blue Jay announces to all the other Blue Jays, that I filled their slinky with peanuts. I had four Blue Jays and some curious other birds in my trees, this afternoon. And today, I tried something different. Usually the jays are very shy toward humans. But instead of standing behind the patio door, I sad on the chair, which is on the patio. I was about four to five feet away from the slinky. Two Blue Jays communicated with each other quietly, how they would get to the peanuts. They were very skittish, at first. But when they realized they were in no danger, by me sitting there very patiently and moving no muscle, they decided to go for it. One of them went for a peanut, and flew into the higher branches. The other one still wasn’t so sure. The first Blue Jay became bolder and picked up the peanut, it dropped on the patio earlier. The other three birds saw, I minded my own business. And then, one after the other Blue Jay came to the slinky for a snack. In the meantime, I lifted up my camera very slowly and got these shots of these nice backyard birds.
Oh, the sun felt sooo good today. And it was warm enough, that I didn’t need a jacket while being outside. My little feathered visitors loved the much drier and warmer temperatures as well. A Robin came by and sang it from the top of the tree: “🎼… The sun is back. It’s a beautiful day. … ♫ ♬”
After I refilled the bird feeder, one of the Blue Jays announced that the food is ready. We had quite a few Blue Jays in the trees. They swooped down, picked a peanut, flew back up and opened their “treasures” in the Bradford Pear trees. In the meantime, two dozen of Black-eyed Juncos and House Sparrows came to fill their little bellies. When the White-winged Doves arrived, it was time to share. I was surprised seeing a Gold Finch this early. Usually, they don’t come around until the beginning of February. In our yard that is. Out in the field, I usually see them all year around.
While the birds were having lunch, Sara and I noticed an unexpected visitor in the yard. A beautiful cat sat by the fence and watched the birds. It obviously looked for an easy meal. But when I stepped out on the deck for a moment, the show was over. The birds flew in the trees and nearby bushes, and the cat jumped over our fence and disappeared in the alley.
Did you hug a tree, today? Not yet? That’s alright. The little raccoon did it for y’all. Texas Arbor Day is a reminder, that it is 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.
After all these rainy days, it was wonderful to have a sunny weekend. This Sunday afternoon, I just sat outside and enjoyed the sun. It’s also the season, the Monarchs migrates south, while other wildlife stays here and takes in the last days of the warmer weather. I watched the little bees and a Canna Leafroller collecting nectar from my flowers in the frontyard. Everyone prepares for the cooler season ahead. But when it is warm, we all come out and get as much of the warm rays of the sun as we can.
Every time it rains in Texas, it feels so good. Later in the week we suppose to get cooler temperatures. Therefore it will be much easier being outside and begin to garden, again. And I won’t have to deal with these pesky mosquitoes anymore. They suck the life out of me. The cooler weather will be great to clean up the gardens and start with the Winter vegetables. In the meantime, I enjoy to capture photos of what is left in my raised beds.