Seeking HeatPosted: December 12, 2016
A Norther blew in and the temperatures dropped into the 30F’s. I was surprised to see this very fat Skink sunning itself in the corner of the garage. They are usually not seen this time of year.
A Buff-bellied hummingbird appeared in the garden just after Thanksgiving. The bird was not enjoying the cold and the chill slowed down the very active hummer long enough to snap a photo through the kitchen window.
The Buff-bellied is about 4 inches in length, which makes it a big hummingbird in this area. It has beautiful dark green and buff feathers when lit by the sun. Enlarge the photos see the colors better. The last time one visited the garden was the summer of Hurricane Ike. The small bird rode out the storm and was feeding the next day.
But never mind about the weather as they say down here, just wait a minute and it will change. The wind has shifted and is blowing from the Gulf bringing the temperature up 30F degrees and summer will be here later in the week as the mercury hits 76F.