2019

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In March (1)

After the severe storm in the morning, we had a beautiful sunny afternoon, today. The temperatures reached up to 72Β°F (22Β°C). But still it was very breezy. Thank goodness, the animals ate all the foods, before the rain came in. Everything would have been flooded. And I would have had to dump it on the ground to let it dry, before the birds and critters could eat it.

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When you see the owners dog in the backyard, drop the seed shell like it’s hot! Drop it like it’s hot! Drop it like it’s hot!

As soon as I had the feeders full, Sandy, Mr. Cardinal, and some other feathered friends sat around to have early dinner. It is always a joy to see such an abundance of birds in our yard. Sophie, the other squirrel, made a short appearance, too. She prefers the oily sunflower seeds over corn and peanuts. I haven’t seen Mr. Squirrel and Sammy for quite some time. I wonder, where they are being up to, lately. I hope, they are alright, and are just checking out a different area in the neighborhood.

2019

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In February (5)

On a beautiful day like today, I sat on the porch to do some bird watching for myself. With the regular feathered friends, we also had some “Newcomers” in our backyard. Mr. & Mrs. Savannah-Sparrow came over to say ‘Hello’, before they moved on into the next yard.

Sandy decided to check the peanut slinky feeder. When she sat on the branch, she was only about five feet away from me. For a moment Sandy kept starring at me as she wanted to say: “Ma’am, the slinky feeder is empty. Could you refill it with those tasty peanuts? PLEEEEAAASSSEEE!” Unfortunately, I’m out of peanuts. I’d love to give her some. I guess, I need to go to the store and get some unsalted peanuts for the young lady and the Blue Jays, again. πŸ˜‰

2019

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In February (4)

Today, we had quite a few guests at in the trees and at the feeders. Everyone ate plenty of food to store more fats. Winter is not over, yet. Friday morning suppose to be in the mid 20s (-4Β°C). Here are today’s photos of our feathered and mammal friends:

2019

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In January (9)

Before sunset, several birds came for dinner to the feeders. I guess, it was more a meeting of the male birds. Mr. Finch, Mr. Sparrow, Mr. Cardinal, and Mr. Junco were showing up and had a little chat, while enjoying their seeds in our yard this evening.

2019

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In January (7)

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.

2019

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In January (6)

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.

2018

First Visit At The Arbor Hills Nature Preserve (2013)

Five years ago, Sara and I visited the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve for the first time. It is only seven miles away from our house. But I had no idea it existed, until I looked at a park map on Google one morning. Katelynn was in school. And Sara was bored, because she had no one to play in the house. So I decided, I take her for a hike to the park. The weather was nice and not too warm. It was perfect to see what the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve has to offer. On the way I said to Sara: “Maybe we see some wildlife in the park.”

When we arrived at the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, we saw a lot of hikers, sprinters and runners. I told Sara to stay with me on the right side of the trail, for people who work out can pass us on the left. She did very well. We walked into the forested area. And Sara noticed a couple of squirrels chasing each other. One had a couple of pecans in its mouth. And the other squirrel wanted the first one to share at least one of the pecans. Sara and I made it all the way to the Observation Tower, where we had a nice view over a big portion of the park. After a little rest, we hiked back to the parking lot. Sara was counting the bridges, we crossed along the way. She said: “There were three bridges in total. And the squirrels were funny.” I’m glad, she got entertained on this little trip to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. πŸ˜‰

2018, In The Garden

The Cabbage White Butterfly & The Northern Cardinal

For several weeks, a few Cabbage White butterflies show up in my garden. And I know, exactly what their plan is from day one. I have cabbages, cauliflower and kohlrabi growing in my raised beds. This vegetables are the perfect nursery for Cabbage White caterpillars. Once the female laid her eggs, it is only a matter of days until these little boogers hatch and eat their way through my cabbage garden. I have to pick countless amounts of caterpillars off my cabbage leaves almost every day.

But I also get some help from Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal. Every afternoon, I see them picking caterpillars to feed their offspring. It’s great, having natural helpers in our garden. The downside: When Mr. Cardinal finds some juicy Black Swallowtail caterpillars in my parsley and dill, they end up between his beak and later in the baby cardinal tummies as well. UGH! I guess, we have to take the good with the bad.

2018

How Wildlife Stays Warm In Winter

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 14ΒΊF 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.

2018

North Texas Backyard Wildlife In January (4)

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.