Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bringing in the babies 6.8.19

I have a hole in the ground here...I put all my biodegradeables in it.....makes for a lot of worms and the Raccoons dig them up.
 I had just put cucumber peelings in and when I looked out this little Mommy was there with her 2 babies....first time I've seen them.
This is the only picture I got...once she saw me she took them back in the woods...
Last year when the babies started coming in....the Mothers didn't let any of the other Raccoons into their territory.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

First little one of the season. 6.5.16

I have been watching this little Raccoon for awhile. It always looked thinner than the rest. I thought she might have a little one somewhere. It is about that time of year.
Today she brought it out. I couldn't tell if this was the only one but they ventured a little from the tunnel and no other little ones followed.

 What a little cutie...I tossed them a couple of dog bones.
 Now the little one sees me and hides behind Mommy.

The Mother is used to seeing me and doesn't run off.
 Bones are gone...guess it is nap time for the little one.
 There is a tunnel through these weeds...sometimes I see her lying just inside....probably waiting for me to toss her a bone.
 Last year there was a Mother with 4 little ones...one with 3 little ones ...another with 2 and another with only 1. When the Mothers and their little ones came here on a regular basis....no other Raccoons dared to show up. Anxious to see how many other little guys are hiding out there.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Little Buddies....

I call these two my "Little Buddies"....  My cats eat from a feeder that is near the end of the deck...they have to jump into it...it has skirting around it to keep the Raccoons out. Each morning I change the food. It gets moldy quick in our hot humid weather....
I toss it in the weeds and my Little Buddies dig around for it and keep the weeds down. These two greet me every morning.
Look at me....arn't I cute?  You can toss me a slice of bread or an apple.

I'm still waiting.......

 This little guy waited until I finished filling the water bowls that are right below where he is standing....I'm hanging clothes on the line and he was checking to see if it was food.
These little guys are so cute....Sometimes they willl spend hours just sitting in the yard staring at the screenroom.

I don't toss the cat food where it is easy to get...they have to work for it...my little gardeners.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Squirrel Proof feeder? 5.18.16

We have a very smart Squirrel....This feeder had a round base but something knocked it down and broke it. Jim put this smaller one one....He hangs over the top and as he falls he grabs the bottom.
Because there is no room for him to sit on it...he grabs a sunflower seed and hangs upside down to eat it.

 I took these pictures out of the video...they are not very good.
 But you can see how he does it.
 I think he's pretty clever....so I dont chase him away...Let him eat what he wants...when he's done I go out and straighten the top.
I have a feeder that is for the Squirrels..but this one seems to like it here.
video

Friday, May 13, 2016

Painted Buntings and Indigo Buntings have gone north. 5.13.16

Every year around the beginning of Nov. these little birds start showing up. The "greenies" are either female or juvenile males
This is an Indigo Bunting. It is just molting and getting it's color. He's sitting on the Raccoon guard. It traps seed and they get some new sprouts.

It will look more like this one in a few weeks.

This is a Painted Bunting....

A Painted Bunting and 2 Indigo Buntings....one has more color.

Isn't this one beautiful?


 One of my other feeders...I think this is a juvenile Cardinal and a "greenie".
They have the most beautiful colors.


another feeder.


 2 more Indigos...
 Both are molting.
This little guy is heading to the birdbath for a drink


 He climbs up the limb...steps off and drinks his fill. I have other water for them..but he likes this one. The black pipe has a constant drip...so there is always water here. The Honey Bees, Squirrels, Birds and Raccoons water here.
We now have 3 supers on the hives....They are on this stand because this area can flood during a hurricane.


Jim put windows in the backs of the hive bodies and the supers. I can check on them without opening the hives. I have 2 deeps for broodnest. Tie downs for storms and hopefully keep out the bears. We have not seen any but a neighbor a couple miles away saw one there last year...and the way they are stripping the land to build housing developements...all the critters head for the hammock.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Breakfast Buddies. 3.29.16

The Opossum is not the most beautiful creature. Long face and rat like tail...but we love seeing it come in the yard.

It does not come in every day but it does show up once in awhile. I am hopeing it is a female and will show up with some little ones on her back.

I was surprised to see it accepted by the Raccoon.

I had tossed some old cat food from the feral cat feeder into this brush pile...They ate together for over half an hour.

I toss birdseed in the driveway for the squirrels and doves....this Raccoon joins them as well as this turkey.. She comes in sometimes twice a day. The squirrels and doves do not mind the Raccoon...they know the difference between it and the cats.
I wasn't able to get a good picture of the turkey...if she sees the slightest movement she is gone.
I do enjoy my critters.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Greenhouse...3.21-16 to 3-23-16

Jim got tired of buying milkweed plants. He figures this will pay for itself.
 We put it on blocks in case it does not do well here....we can move it...
 This is a Queen caterpillar....they eat faster than the plants can grow.
 This is a Monarch caterpillar....almost big enough to find a spot to pupate.
 Queen laying eggs.
 This is one of the milkweed beds...it's just starting to come back. We had to buy a bunch of plants to put in here.
 This is the second one....starting to grow.

 This was the top of my Butterfly house....we took it apart to put plants in. I started little seedlings in the beds but the butterflies laid eggs on them and the little caterpillars ate the seedlings...That is why we need a screened greenhouse.

The other half of the butterfly house.

Jim is a hard worker...does not stop unless I make him "take 5". He's putting the 2 x 4s around the top.
 He put a board for a peak.  Now he is using the sabre saw to cut the tops off the landscape timbers.
 almost done.....you can see the 3 beds he put in. A bottlebrush in the middle and milkweed in each corner.
 When he got all the vines out of this area it opened up 3 nice Needle Palms.....

This is why they are called "Needle" Palms...
 all the extra has been cut from the top....the peak installed and all the cross support.
 He cut 3/4 inch strips and screwed them to the edge.

then we put plastic down to hold the water. This way we can go away for a few days and not worry about watering the plants....if going to be longer we can put a soaker hose around the edge.

all screened and water on the tables...they dont leak yet.
 This morning I did some transplanting...Jim figured these would pay for the greenhouse. The milkweed in these pots were $5 each.
 I have more seeds that are just starting to grow. After I get them transplanted they will go in here too.
I will collect all the seeds I can and maybe we can keep up with the caterpillars.
We went to a flea market last weekend....I could not pass up this sign...love the expression on his face.  Looks great on the wooden building.




































Since we have beehives ..I am hopeing that if a bear comes up the road he will see this one and go the other way.. My neighbors saw one in the road less than a mile from here.