Brown-headed Cowbirds and Dark-eyed Junco

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.

The Little Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

This morning when it began to sleet, we’ve got a new visitor in our yard. A little Yellow-bellied sapsucker came over and knocked some holes in our Bradford Pear trees. The little guy used the tree as a protection from the ice rain. Once it stopped sleeting, the bird decided to fly into the neighbor’s tree. A little bit later, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet showed up to inspect the holes for some food. I guess, the Sapsucker and the Kinglet have a perfect food relationship. One does the hard work to get past the bark; eats until it is not hungry anymore. And the other one takes the rest, so the food source won’t go to waste. On top of that, they are a nice tree pest control.

Can’t Get Enough Peanuts

This morning was a lot of commotion in my yard. I refilled the feeder. And I added some raw peanuts to the mix. The Blue Jays went literally nuts over them. When one Blue filled its beak and flew off, the next Blue Jay came and filled its beak as much it could fit in there. About four jays showed up to get peanuts. It looked kinda amusing, watching the birds being so greedy. I had to get my camera and capture some photos of one of the Blue Jays.

Canada Geese, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Egret

One of the ladies of our local photography group mentioned, that we have some Canada Geese at the pond by the lake. I drove over there to see, if they were still at the pond. And sure enough, there were about half of a dozen Canada Geese, a couple of Double-crested Cormorants, and a Great Egret.

How Wildlife Stays Warm In Winter

This morning, I watched Mr. Squirrel climb down the tree. He sat on top of his empty critter feeder, kept his tail close to his body and tried to warm up in the Sun. He was debating, if he goes down to the food dish or stays to enjoy the sun rays a little bit longer. In the meantime Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal had a breakfast of peanut butter rolled in bird seeds with their friends, the House Sparrow and Gold Finch. A Mourning Dove sat on a tree branch and watched the critter and the songbirds from the distance. Later, a White-winged Dove joint the other dove in the tree. Both looked like puffed up balls in this cold weather. Each animal has it’s own way to stay warm, when it was only 14ºF this morning. One used it’s tail and the rays of the sun; some ate a warming meal of fatty peanut butter and seeds; and a couple more birds used their feathers to make air pockets. They know how to survive what Mother Nature throws at them.

Texas State Bird

Sara walked into the door, after I picked her up from school this afternoon. When I came around the car, a mockingbird sat on the bird feeder and stared at Chewbacca. The cat sat inside behind the storm door. But he could care less, that the bird watched him from a short distance. And the mockingbird didn’t mind, me being so close. I talked to the bird: “I’m getting a birdie treat ready, with seeds and peanut butter. If you want, you can visit the backyard. I know, it’s cold. And a nice peanut butter snack would keep you warm at night.” I don’t know, if the this bird has noticed the food. But I saw a couple of mockingbirds eating in the backyard.