Beautiful skies, we had this afternoon. The wind was strong and brisk, but the Sun was warm. Friday suppose to be warm in the low 70s (21°C), before we drop into the low 20s (-6°C) on Sunday night. Kevin and I need to bring some potted plants, including the Meyer Lemon tree in the garage for a couple of nights. But in the meantime, we enjoy the warmer temperatures, before the Texas Winter comes back.
These days, you’ll see more backyard bird photos on my blog. The weather is gray, and the temperatures are cool. I’m too lazy for a photo walk and do garden work in this kind of weather. These gloomy days are perfect for getting some work done in the house. But the feeders are full. And the local birds are in abundance in the yard. Mr. Squirrel was happy to see some peanuts, this morning. In the afternoon, the Blue Jays came over to take the rest from the slinky feeder.
This whole day was kinda gloomy with gray skies. But all the birds did show up, again. This time, they came over with a couple of Goldfinches, in the yard. Yesterday, I had some Nyjer seeds in the feeder. The finches love them. And they also attract the American Goldfinch. Last week on New Years Day, I had one sitting in the tree. Today a had a couple. Let’s see, if more will show up in the following days.
Since my ribs were in the slow cooker, I didn’t have to worry about cooking in the afternoon. Therefore I enjoyed the time in the backyard, before the girls came home from school. While I sat on the patio, lots of birds and Mr. Squirrel came over for a late lunch. There were Blue Jays, Crows, Grackles, House Sparrows, House Finches, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, White-winged Doves, etc. I’ve got some good captures of some of the birds.
That’s what it must sound like, when the Blue Jay announces to all the other Blue Jays, that I filled their slinky with peanuts. I had four Blue Jays and some curious other birds in my trees, this afternoon. And today, I tried something different. Usually the jays are very shy toward humans. But instead of standing behind the patio door, I sad on the chair, which is on the patio. I was about four to five feet away from the slinky. Two Blue Jays communicated with each other quietly, how they would get to the peanuts. They were very skittish, at first. But when they realized they were in no danger, by me sitting there very patiently and moving no muscle, they decided to go for it. One of them went for a peanut, and flew into the higher branches. The other one still wasn’t so sure. The first Blue Jay became bolder and picked up the peanut, it dropped on the patio earlier. The other three birds saw, I minded my own business. And then, one after the other Blue Jay came to the slinky for a snack. In the meantime, I lifted up my camera very slowly and got these shots of these nice backyard birds.
Oh, the sun felt sooo good today. And it was warm enough, that I didn’t need a jacket while being outside. My little feathered visitors loved the much drier and warmer temperatures as well. A Robin came by and sang it from the top of the tree: “🎼… The sun is back. It’s a beautiful day. … ♫ ♬”
After I refilled the bird feeder, one of the Blue Jays announced that the food is ready. We had quite a few Blue Jays in the trees. They swooped down, picked a peanut, flew back up and opened their “treasures” in the Bradford Pear trees. In the meantime, two dozen of Black-eyed Juncos and House Sparrows came to fill their little bellies. When the White-winged Doves arrived, it was time to share. I was surprised seeing a Gold Finch this early. Usually, they don’t come around until the beginning of February. In our yard that is. Out in the field, I usually see them all year around.
While the birds were having lunch, Sara and I noticed an unexpected visitor in the yard. A beautiful cat sat by the fence and watched the birds. It obviously looked for an easy meal. But when I stepped out on the deck for a moment, the show was over. The birds flew in the trees and nearby bushes, and the cat jumped over our fence and disappeared in the alley.
This Summer/Autumn season I didn’t do much in our home garden, due to health issues earlier in the year. Therefore, I don’t have very little for harvest. Our green onions and rainbow chard did well throughout the year. Other than that, we only have a few herbs left. It is still better, than nothing at all. I will take a break from gardening, until January; it will be time for seedlings to start for the Spring/Summer season. In the meantime, we’ll enjoy our fresh herbs until it gets too cold for them as well. 😉
At the end of November, our Bradford Pear trees look so lovely with all the shades of red, orange, and gold. Their Autumn foliage reminds me of the colors of multi vitamin gummy bears. We have only a very short time of Autumn here in North Texas. Every little bit of color counts for us. And it is also the time, when it is not so hot and before the stronger cold fronts from the Arctic and Canada will come all the way south, again.
The last few nights did quite a number on the plants in the garden. It got below the freezing point. And everything, which wasn’t hardy, died. But this is a perfect opportunity to clean up the beds and plant for the Texas Winter. It’s cabbage and root vegetable season. In the greenhouse, I’ve got plenty of hay to cover up the beds, so the roots can stay nice and cozy. The next couple of days, the temperature suppose to be in the upper 60s, which is perfect weather to get the garden ready and going for the Winter Season.