“Naughty” Little 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!!! šŸ˜‰

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“Baaah! Yeah, take this for photographing me!” šŸ˜‰

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.

The Blue Jays

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.

Mrs. Cardinal & Mrs. Blue Jay

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.

Hummingbird In The Back Alley

This evening, I went back to the trumpet vines in the back alley. I looked up, in the tree. And see there, the hummingbird set on a branch to rest for a moment. Every year, the little hummers come back to nest in the same tree. So it was easy for me, where to look for them. It’s time to refill my hummingbird feeders. ā¤

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Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Josey Ranch Lake III

At this morning, I spent some time at Josey Ranch Lake. It has been almost four months, I visited the park the last time. I noticed, there were a lot less water bird present at the lake and the pond. A couple of swans, some ducks, Canada geese, pigeons, grackles, a yellow-crowned night heron and a few songbirds were there.

Coming back from the pond, I went to the Natural Area next to the Carrollton Public Library. The garden looks beautiful. And who worked on it, did an amazing job. The area is flourishing with wildflowers. It looks like a small patch of the BlacklandĀ Prairies. A little bunny took cover under a big sunflower leaf, when it started to drizzle. Resting on a bench, I didn’t care that I got wet. Before I walked back to the lake to get to my car, I had to take this view in being surrounded by beautiful nature.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

This afternoon, I had my eyes on a Turkey Vulture. Unfortunately by the time, I’ve got closer to where I spotted it, it flew further out into the distance. But I’ve got rewarded with another bird, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. It sat on a pole, stared at my camera and allowed me to capture several photos, before it flew away. Sweet bird!

The Morning Moon

Before I drove Sara to school, I captured the waning gibbous Moon this morning. It still seems almost full. But it is past that stage, since the Full Flower Moon was yesterday afternoon (US time). I’ve noticed a lot of birds flying from one place to another this morning as well. And I’ve watched a Great Blue Heron flew east toward its favorite fishing spot, while the sun was rising.

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The setting waning gibbous Moon (05-12-2017)