Mr. Squirrel keeps a close eye on me from the ground.
Mr. Squirrel keeps a close eye on me from the tree.
It is such beautiful weather, that I spent most of the day relaxing and listening to the birds’ songs on the back porch. Mr. Squirrel walked along the fence and jumped into the backyard. He looked around and checked me out for a little while, before he got some seeds from the feeder and leaped into the tree. If I hadn’t been sitting there, he probably had eaten a lot more. But he was not too comfortable with my presents and decided to wait to come back for lunch a little bit later.
Oh by the way, Mr. Squirrel just chattered something from my roof: “Don’t forget to remind everyone that the time will change tonight! We “spring forward” one hour! Crazy humans always mess my times up. Now I have to remember that I can’t jump across the street on hour earlier, due to rush hour. It even messes with my rhythm.” 😉
Don’t forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour, tonight! ~ Image Resource: Google Image Search
The weather was too nice to stay inside the house. I decided to drive for a little photo hike over to Bill Allen Memorial Park. Some disc golf players had the same idea. They used this beautiful weather for a little match between friends. I was surprised, not very many birds and critters were out and about. But they might have been further back in the forested area, due to more visitors in the park. Right now, the vegetation is still dormant at Bill Allen Memorial Park. As same as in my yard, everything is still in gray/beige colors. I can’t wait until Spring arrives and Nature begins to wake up, again. But until then, we deal with the Texas Winter beauty.
It’s a beautiful day in Bill Allen Memorial Park.
One lonely squirrel looks for a buried nut in the park.
Now, the trees are still bare. But soon, there will be bloom and foliage again.
In Summer, the community enjoys plays at the Bill Allen Memorial Park Amphitheater.
The pond at Bill Allen Memorial Park
The sun reflects like diamonds in the pond water.
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.
Mr. Squirrel uses his tail and the sun rays to stay warm.
The Mourning Dove is a feathery puff ball.
“Hey! I’m back, again! Got some Nyjer seeds for me???”
The White-winged Dove just joint the clan.
Mr. Cardinal enjoys seeds and peanut butter.
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.
“Oh boy! This year I have a lot of work to plant seeds and nuts in the garden, again.”
“Hmmm, nice buffet with fruit and nuts.”
“Yummy, so delicious!”
Male House Finch
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 45ºF.
Northern Cardinal, male
Northern Cardinal, female
“Yeah, yeah … it looks like I say the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’. …”
“… But in reality I’m cold. Ma’am, do you have some peanuts for this handsome squirrel?”
“Well, I don’t mind eating sunflower seeds and safflower seeds. Hmmm, so good!”
“Oops, I almost lost my balance! Phew!”
Sandy came down to the critter feeder, after I refilled it with tried corn, peanuts, sunflower seeds and other goodies. She kept munching away her little seeds, when Chewbacca got her attention. He sat on the porch and watched her for a little bit. Sandy looked at Chewie and froze for a moment: “Oh no! This crazy feline sits there and watches me from the porch, again.” Chewbacca went over to the tree and sharpened his claws on the bark. Sandy jumped further up in the crown of the tree and chattered at him. She was not happy at all and gave Chewie the third degree. Chewie decided to leave Sandy alone, when Joshua jumped over the fence back into the yard. It was more fun to roll around with his buddy in the grass, than getting into it with a feisty squirrel anyway. Yes, Mommy (me) said though. 😉
Joshua: “Mommy said, we can’t play with squirrels. Because we might get rabbies, fleas, or even worse … cooties! Stay away from that rodent!!! Or do you want to go get more shots at the vets office???” Chewbacca: “SHOTS! OH NO! NO SHOTS!” Joshua: “Then leave that critter alone! … I will bite you. I will bite you! Come on! Play with me!”
Sandy is NOT happy, that Chewbacca is keeping an eye on her.
Sandy watches Chewbacca very carefully from a saver distance.
Texas Arbor Day is a reminder, that it 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. Did you hug a tree, yet? No? That’s alright. Sandy did it for y’all.
“I love you, Tree! *Muah-muah-muah* 💋💗🌳
Happy Texas Arbor Day!