Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pics of the Day

We've been praying for rain here in central Texas for quite a while, so of course, it comes in buckets! But made for an interesting Saturday in the yard and off the porch. Still waiting for some i.d. help from Birds of Texas fb post of the little yellow/gray warbler.

 Amazing that this guy is still hanging around on October 24th. Time to be movin' on!

 Looking for some i.d. help here. Titmouse forehead and warbler body mix of yellow and gray. Maybe somebody on fb will help.

 Raining all day, but not slowing down this hummer.

 Going after the salvia at the end of the porch.

 Interesting lineup of water beads on that branch.

 Mexican sage is hanging on as well.

 And when you're tired, just perch and drink.

 Ladder-backed Woodpecker busy out in the oaks.

 Our ever-present Cardinals, putting on a good autumn show.

 Tiny and quiet, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet was being harassed by the hummingbird.

 First spotting of the White-crowned Sparrow, a winter visitor. Welcome!

And oh! What's that wedding band? No? But he is banded. That's another first for us.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pics of the Day

Even though we are well into Autumn, and the 'quiet season' in the yard, there is still a lot of activity, even a few hummer stragglers.

 Had to venture out and track down the tapping, as the call was unfamiliar. This is the Downy Woodpecker, the smallest of the woodpecker family.

 Set the sprinkler going in the early morning garden, and they will come.

 Water drip and fresh running, and even the Northern Mockingbird will come around.

 This straggler was visiting the salvia and the plumbago today.

 The string of rubies at the neck tell this one as a maturing male; no oxymoron here!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Pics of the Day

I don't remember having this volume of hummers during migration season. We're just enjoying them, and trying to keep the feeders full.

 Stationed at the end of the porch, late day, hoping for some poses.

 Activity is high, and they are chasing each other all around the feeders and flowers.

 Delighted that this one would camp out a while at the tall pink zinnia.

God's glory, revealed in His Creation. GLORY!!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Pics of the Day

Bright sunshine and cool temps on the morning porch signal that Autumn is in the air. The hummingbird activity tells us they are beginning to move. And the morning glories always do better if they have survived our summer heat.

 Not a great focus, but unusual to see them together. Juvenile on left, adult on right. Our Red-shouldered Hawks are always in the area.

 Our rosey morning glories just started showing.

 Jan knows how to shop for my birthday presents. The new red barn replaces the faded chapel.

 Two shots proving different hummers pick the same spot to stop and watch the activity around the porch feeders.

 New feeder from our kids, Chickadee likes it. (So do the squirrels!)

 Got to set up on the porch and fire away at the hummers in the bright morning light.

 Lot of shimmering green and gold.

We've never had activity like this before, even for the migrating season. We'll enjoy it while it is going on.