Wildbird Wednesday: Yellow GoldFinches

Another reason I love zinnias is they attract Yellow Goldfinches or as we like to call them, Canary birds.
Yellow Goldfinches are fun bits of sunshine playing in the zinnia patch.

Wishing you all sunshine and fun.

 

edited in 7-13-2019: I was talking to my husband about the yellow finches and he casually mentioned to me that they’re called ‘Goldfinches’ . So, I thought I should update this post with the right name in case someone might want to research them further. ūüėČ

 


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WildLife Wednesday – The Guilt Feeder

We decided not to hang hummingbird feeders up this year. Then, the other day, whilst we sat on the back porch enjoying a nice early evening breeze, a female Ruby Throated hummingbird flew in and hovered in the exact spot that we hung the feeders in years past.
Seeing the angelic beauty searching for food, made us feel guilty that we hadn’t hung a feeder out yet. So, we went in the house and got the feeder out of storage. My husband fixed a batch of sugar water and then filled the feeder. We went outside and he hung it up. It didn’t take the hummingbird but a few minutes to be on it feeding.
In the following days, there were more hummers visiting the feeders. They buzz and chitter and tease each other. They’re such fun to watch. It’s also fun to see how the feeder looks at different angles; the first photo is my view sitting on the porch looking up at the sky, this second feeder photo is my view of the same feeder from my kitchen window.

Wishing you all an angelic Wednesday!

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*hummingbird animation ©joysofcreating

 

 


 

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Stormy Wednesday – Shelibean – Mr. & Mrs. Cardinal

We’re in the midst of storms. It storms awhile and then stops awhile then repeats. I appreciate the rain, but the glay-gloomy cloud cover not so much. The thunder clashing, lightning flashing, rain pounding and the electricity flicking off and on just ruins Shelibean’s day. He sports his thunder-shirt and lays under a blanket as close to me as he can get. Bless his heart.

Here’s a photo of Sheli in his thunder-shirt that I took earlier this month. He was acting unsettled that day and I put his t-shirt on him and it calmed him. His thunder shirt is a neck tube with two slits cut for his front legs and a u shaped dip cut out from the bottom side to keep him getting it wet when he tinkles. As you can see, it’s a little big in the neck area and hangs low, but Sheli doesn’t seem to mind and it still serves the purpose. Shelibean’s home-fashioned thunder shirt has been a big help in keeping him more calm when he gets scared or unsettled.Here’s a few photos of a bright and fun couple that visits my herb bed alot. I think they’re cheerful bits of color to share on this gray gloomy day.

Wishing you all a cheerful Wednesday.

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Not a Dummy Nest – 1st Harvest Onions

I’m happy to report that the wrens nest is not a dummy-nest.
The nest is a viable fully functioning nest with 5 eggs.
I’m not fast enough to get a photo of Mama Wren, but I managed to get a pretty good photo of the eggs.
I hope in the near future there will be 5 little birdies in the nest.

My husband harvested our first crop out of the garden: a mess of onions.
So, our gardening season is off and hopefully if the critters allow it we’ll have lots of yummy veggies.

It’s been raining off and on the past couple days.
The world around us is turning into a grand green oasis.
I’m so happy to finally see flora and fauna flourishing.

Wishing you all a Happy Tuesday.

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Wildbird Wednesday (sort of) – Dummy Wren Nest

I learned something about wrens. I suppose a lot of folks know that the male wren builds a few dummy nests and then let’s his mate pick the one she wants to nest in. I didn’t know it and found it fascinating.

I came about this information while surfing around trying to find what kind of bird is building a best in one of¬† my¬†Citronella¬†Plants (mosquito plants). We bought two of them in hanging pots. In no time the plants outgrew the hanging pots and I transplanted them into 5 gallon buckets. I set them behind our table and chairs. They’ve grown beautifully and quickly.
(Yes, I know they really don’t repel mosquitoes unless you crush the leaves and rub the juices on your skin, however they grow beautifully in the shade and aren’t fussy if you miss a weekly watering every now and then.)

I noticed that something had been digging in one of them. We figured it was the resident squirrel that enjoys leaving walnut hills on our back porch and also digs in my flower beds.After a couple days pieces of moss showed up. Then shortly thereafter it was obvious it was being formed into a nest with each new bits of moss and twigs that showed up.It looks  pretty neat waiting for Mrs. Wren to make up her mind.
Wishing you all a great rest of the week!

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