Friday, May 20, 2016
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 have a feeder that is for the Squirrels..but this one seems to like it here.
Friday, May 13, 2016
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.
2 more Indigos...
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
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, March 14, 2016
When we got back from the Tin Can Tourist meet ..I put the catfood that was in the "feral" cat feeder out for the Racoons. I have 4 that come in regularly..I put them to work by tossing dog food in the weeds...when they get done most of them are trampled down.The African Blue Basil has bloomed all winter...I can always tell when there is nothing in the area...the bees are all over this.
The Zebra Longwings have been laying on the Passion Flower vine all winter...Here are a bunch of caterpillars.
The Squirrels and Birds are not the only animals that use the birdbath....even though I have a "frog" pond at the end of the deck that has water in it from the condensation dripping...2 use that and 2 use this.
Everything we plant is food for the bees and butterflies and caterpillars.We use no pesticides or herbicides so there is plenty of insects for the bats..birds..armadillos..possums..raccoons...we have a few holes in the lawn and lots of weeds...that weird skirting around the feeder pole keeps the Racoons out. I also have a squirrel feeder on a pole.