Last Offspring of The Season

Every August, our yard is the nursery of the last offspring for the season. The young birds become more independent from their parents and explore our backyard. Here and there, we hear a little “Chirp” from the juvenile birds. Soon after, a parent arrives with a juicy worm or insect and shoves it down the young bird’s throat. In a few more weeks the youngster will be independent enough to find its own food. But in the meantime, we enjoy them being around the patio and the woodpile. It’s also the time we have to make sure, Joshua and Chewbacca will stay in the house. The cats can watch the birds from behind the patio door. We call it jokingly “Cat Food Network”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Juvenile House Sparrow on our wood pile: It still has a lot of feathers to grow in. But it is independent enough to fly around in our backyard.

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Juvenile Blue Jay: it looks so cute with its little “bonnet”/crest.

Another Rainy Day

Brrrr! It got really cool yesterday evening. The cold front dropped the temperatures down to the freezing point and the wind was even colder, today. But I went outside to feed my little friends: the birds, the squirrels, and the rabbits. As usual Mr. Blue Jay made the announcement, that food is served. And single every one showed up for lunch. Non of them cared about the rain. They were just happy to get all their little bellies full. โค

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.

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In January IV

This afternoon I filled the terracotta plate with seeds, peanuts, and blackberries. It didn’t take long until the Mr. Squirrel’s friends showed up for a late lunch. This time, Mr. & Mrs Finch and a Downy Woodpecker came over for a visit.

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In January III

Since Sunday, temperatures were in the 10s and 20s and didn’t reach the freezing point for over 72 hours. My critters and little feathered friends were coming frequently to the feeders. The birds looked like little puff balls, and they didn’t mind sharing their seeds with the squirrels. Today, we finally reached more pleasant 45ยบF.

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In December

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.