Friday, October 30, 2009


The deer here in FL are much smaller, but still beautiful and fun to watch.

My friend, Debbie, lives just down the road. She gave me a call and told me there were several deer in the field next door. So I grabbed my camera and headed on down the road. This doe looked right at me…

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Then they started to move to the other side of the pasture away from us. It was still pretty early and not much light. They didn’t seem to be bothered by the can see their eyes reflecting it.

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Just as I shut the camera off…..a nice buck joined them and they went bounding across the field.

I would love to have them at my house, but the woods are pretty thick. I will put out a salt lick …just in case.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Eastern Phoebe (immature?)

I spent a few minutes talking to my Dad on the phone…when I looked out the window and saw a bird on the shepherds hook that I hang my feeder from. I had never seen one like this before.


I grabbed the camera and took a couple of pictures. They are  not very good. I was shooting through a tinted window and screen. Naturally…it turned away as soon as I got the camera.


It had a dark gray head and light yellowish green (olive) underbelly.  When it moved to the  fence it bobbed it’s  tail the way a Gray Catbird does. I am pretty sure it is an Eastern Phoebe. I listened to it’s  song on the site, later I heard the same song in  the woods.  I sure hope it comes back. It’s supposed to like bugs..we’re loaded…and berries…the Brazilian Pepper bushes are fruiting and a  few are  starting to ripen. Maybe it will winter with us.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Another look at the Gray Catbird

He’s sitting in the Tangelo Tree waiting for me to put the camera away so he can take a bath.


The least little movement and it’s off and away.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Gray Catbirds have returned

My front yard was a busy spot this morning. 2 Gray Catbirds came to the birdbath and hung out in the Tangelo Tree.

They’ve actually been here for 2 or 3 weeks, but pretty skittish.


Only one was kind enough to pose for a photo…but as soon as he noticed me …it was gone.


They are beautiful birds and spend a lot of time in and around the yard. They seem to like the birdbath more than the other birds.

I had 1 male Painted Bunting and 1 Greenie at the feeder this morning. No pictures yet…but they are back also. The Titmice, Cardinals, Buntings, and half a dozen doves were flitting about with the Catbirds.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


I have at least 3 beautifully bright red male Cardinals that have been here this summer. I don’t always see them at the same time, so there could be more but 3 were at the feeders this morning. Cardinal (10)cs

They all disappear whenever I go outside to get a picture. I guess that is why the Titmice and the Painted Buntings always come in with them  during the winter. They are good watchdogs.

The Cardinals are here all year long. It would be boring without them, since most of the other small birds leave during the summer.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Weird looking insect. What is it?

Does anyone know what this little bugger is?


It’s about an inch and a half long. Didn’t seem able to navigate very well. The legs actually looked “fleshy”.  I’d sure like to know what it’s going to look like when it grows up.


Looks like a hard shell on it’s neck and small wings…though it never opened them. Maybe it’s something that just hatched. Appreciate any help.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Momma Raccoon and her babies

This is a picture of one of the small Raccoons that sometimes visit. I took this back in May.5.28.09c 022cs

It shows up early in the morning to see if the squirrels have dropped any corn or if the bunnies have left any.

We took our camper and Jim’s ‘67 Chevy to a car show in Tampa for 3 days. So it’s been pretty quiet around here.

This morning I looked out and was surprised to see our “little one” outside with 2 babies of her own.009cs

The little ones were very skittish. They heard the door creak and are looking to see what the noise was.

I am sure this is the same one. She has a lot more white on her face than any of the others that used to come in.020cs

Is this a little darling? It sees me on the porch…and I just had time to snap this before he scooted into the woods.


They have to run when I open the door or when they see me. If they don’t…then we encourage them to by banging pans etc. I don’t want them to  lose their fear of people or dogs. As long as they obey the rules…no birdfeeders …no trash cans…no entering the dog’s yard…they are welcome to stop by and see if there is a snack left over and we won’t disturb them.

I live in a very heavily wooded area that was their home before mine…so I try to share, with all the inhabitants.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Unless you look closely you might think this is the Palamedes, but it’s not. It is a Black Swallowtail.

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I think this is the female. The male (?) followed her all over the yard…waiting for her to decide if she wanted to mate or not. At least, that is the way it looked to me.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Honey Bees and a birdbath

I’ve had gardens, lived on a couple of small farms and been pretty outdoorsy….but never realized that Honey Bees would be interested in a birdbath.


My birdbath is concrete so it’s easy for them to sit on the side and drink, as this one is.

From around 10 or 11 am, I have a steady stream of Honey Bees coming in.021cs

I don’t remember seeing them before this year, so perhaps we have a hive nearby. My neighbor has 3 hives, but they also have a pond so I doubt they would be coming this far. I am probably 2 miles from their hives.

So…..if you have a garden and want the Honey Bees to hang around….maybe a nice birdbath in the middle would be a good source of water for them.

You can see this little guy drinking it up.019cs

I’ve never seen more than a dozen at a time, but they are continually coming and going until almost dark.

I don’t know if they would bother the birds…but I have another watering hole available for them, in the shade, where it can stay fairly cool.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly ( KY )

We took a quick trip to Kentucky, and on a walk up the creek that runs through my sister’s pasture, I spotted this Damselfly. It was beautiful! My sister and husband were enjoying the creek while I chased after insects. It gets addicting. I end up with 50+ shots of the same thing. Of course, most do not come out clear.z 062c

No matter how I tried…I couldn’t get the iridescent color right. It changed with the light. One minute it looked a vibrant blue…then green. z 119c

There were dozens of them flying around, but that was the only type I saw.z 058c

Even the colors of the plants as the sun and shadows changed them had an effect on the Damsel’s color.

I wish I had them cruising around my back yard.