Just a few days ago, we had perfect weather with the temperatures in the 80’s and low humidity. I took advantage of the warming sun and just sat near a flower bed. And I wasn’t the only one. The blooms were covered with all kinds of pollinators. I managed to photograph a few.
The American White Pelicans were flying against the clear blue sky and some small flocks of visiting birds were poking around looking for bugs. One little bird, a Ruby Crowned Kinglet, didn’t seem to mind me sitting there and came very close.
Since that sunny day, our winter has returned with heavy rain and cold temperatures. But as it always happens in these parts, the weather is about to change and a great weekend is promised.
I always love the visiting wildlife in the yard. This day started with a rabbit waiting on his breakfast.
One sign of Fall is the arrival of the American White Pelicans. Every morning they take a long lazy flight.
A very unexpected visitor was this Tersa Sphinx Moth. I was weeding and when I brought my hand out of the plants, the moth was attached to my glove.
Take a close look at this photo to see the pine cones that were eaten by the squirrels. The ground was covered with the scales after the seeds were eaten. The squirrels had quite the feast, as a large area was littered with pine cone remains.
While working knee deep in the middle of an overgrown bed, shadows came over me.
I looked up and saw a large flock of American While Pelicans. They have returned to the area to spend the winter. Of course, I only had my phone to snap some photos and there were many more birds in the sky than I was able to photograph. Typically, they seems to take a morning fly to stretch their wings, but usually only a few are in the flocks.
The American White Pelican breeds in fresh water lakes in the Northern Great Plains and returns to the Gulf Coast in the winter to enjoy the warm water.
The Automatic Garden is tweeting (the old fashioned way). The American Goldfinches arrived around Christmas, which is pretty much right on time. There are about 20 to 30 of them, but they are very camera shy. These two were too hungry to notice a photographer. The populations of Cardinals, Titmice, Doves, Chickadees, House Finches, Sparrows and Red Bellied Woodpeckers (to name a few) has picked up. Visitors also pass through this time of year and a Vermilion Flycatcher with a scarlet underside and black top was spotted.
The American White Pelicans spend the winter on a nearby lake and take to the sky daily to stretch their wings. Also seen on a flyover was a Bald Eagle. There is a nesting pair on the lake and they will also stop on nearby trees in the evening. All the action in the garden also attracted some predators. A hawk chased a bird into the window and a cat has been hanging out hoping to get lucky.
The identity of the second hummingbird was revealed while trying to snap some pictures. This tiny bird fits the description of a Black Chinned Hummingbird that is a female or immature male. They are known to show up on the Gulf Coast in the winter.
Here is the photo from a previous post of a Rufous Hummingbird. Even though it is going to get cold again, as far as the birds are concerned, Spring is in the air!