Sunday, August 21, 2011

Ruby's Back in Town

I also could have titled this 'Playin' in the Sprinkler', as quite a few of the shots are from sprinkler fun for the birds in the yard. It's been brutal for flora and fauna around here, so we try to keep it lively. Enjoy this week's offering.

Once the sprinkler is going is doesn't take long for the hummingbirds to show up and hover around the perimeter. It's just tough to get a focus!

This Inca Dove was hanging around the edge, and later got down on the ground under the sprinkler.

Here's another treat Jan came up with; freeze a block in a plastic bowl to put in the bird bath. The next puzzle is how to keep the two bad puppies from dragging the ice out to use for a chew toy.

At the office I've been keeping a pot dish full of water for the deck visitors. This Chickadee is obviously saying grace!

The Chickadee and Cardinal waiting to get in the sprinkler fun.

House Finches hanging out at the office tube feeder.

You know it is pitiful when the Female Painted Bunting comes flying in with her mouth (beak) hanging open. (pant, pant)

The drought has brought the deer closer to the house than ever before. I'm sure they appreciate the new fence that keeps the puppies in. These two are regulars at Jan's blue plastic kiddie pool down in the dry pond bottom.

Female Ruby-throat coming near to the feeder at the house.

Welcome Ruby back to town. I can always count on the Ruby-throated Hummingbird showing up late summer to guard and dominate the feeders.

This was the closest I got to a full flash from Ruby. We'll keep the feeders full and maybe another opportunity will arise. He might also enjoy the sprinkler. Let's see, now when is our watering day? What?!! Sprinklers not allowed now? Oops! Does that include sprinkling birds?