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.
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.
What is a better way to enjoy the birthday, when the kids are in school, and the husband is at work? That’s right. I do a little photo-hike along The Colony Shoreline Trail. And I was lucky, today: I actually could capture a pondhawk in mid-flight; several Great Egrets were close to the shoreline; a Great Blue Heron was on water watch directly on the edge of the trail; and a squirrel and enjoyed a fresh osage orange.
Kevin mowed the yard, this morning. In the meantime, a few Great-tailed Grackles and a Blue Jay sat under the tree. They watched Kevin and the lawn mower very carefully. Every time he came close to them, they hopped away. When he turned around to mow a different section, they hopped back to their spot under the shading tree. Kevin was amused by watching these birds. He said, they hopped synchronized back and forth on the lawn. The main reason for this hopping around was the food in the bird feeder. Once Kevin was done with mowing the lawn, the birds were all over the bird food. Some House Sparrows and some Northern Cardinals came over for brunch, too.
This commotion caught the interest of the little hummingbird, which resides in the neighbor’s tree. It observed the other birds eating some seeds, looked a little bit further and saw these beautiful hyacinth bean blossoms. Zooom! It’s brunch time for the hummingbird!
When the rain clouds were in the distance, I saw a couple of hummingbirds flying back and forth into our trees and back into the neighbor’s trumpet vine. I got my camera to capture some photos of the birds by the trumpets in the back alley. And here sits this little hummer, and sticks its tongue out at me. What a naughty little hummingbird!!! 😉
I know, hummingbirds stick their tongues out for a different reason. And I was actually surprised and happy to see, I captured a photo with its tongue out. There is always a first time.
A couple of Blue Jays visited for a snack, to quench the thirst and take a nice cool bath, our yard. Every day, I refresh the water in the bird baths to eliminate the chance getting mosquito larva. It’s also important for the wildlife to keep the water fresh and clean. The chances spreading diseases is much lower that way. In the dog days of Summer, the Blue Jays enjoyed the cool bath. They looked refreshed and happy, when they left the yard and flew into the neighbor’s tree.
It didn’t take long, after I refilled the bird feeders and bird baths, when Mrs. Cardinal flew to the feeder to have some lunch in my yard. This woke the interest in Mrs. Blue Jay to check out my backyard. She noticed, I have a couple of bird baths filled with fresh water. Soon, Mrs. Blue Jay swooped down to the bath and drank some water. It was a warm Texas Summer day. The food and water was a welcome sight for the birds.