Possible Suspect in “Bed” Case

I glanced out of the window and saw one of my plants jiggling.  While I was trying to figure out why, this Red-eared Slider came out of the bed.  I grabbed my camera and headed outside.  I assumed the turtle was away from water to lay some eggs.  I inspected my flower bed and found the African Hosta, Drimiopsis maculata, in this bed was flatten also.  Did I solve the mystery of my previous blog “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?”

After the photo shoot, the turtle headed back into the flower bed.  Female Red-eared Sliders will travel long distances over land to lay their eggs. I would guess this one is from the lake not too far from my house.  She had to cross the street to get here.

The female turtle will search for a suitable place to lay 2 to 17 eggs.  This may explain why I am finding plants that are flattened, but not eaten.

Red-eared Sliders can lay 5 clutches in a year.  The eggs incubate in 2 to 3 months. One problem with incubation is that raccoons like to eat the eggs.

After the turtles hatch, the babies must find their own way to water.  A few years ago, I found this one heading down my driveway to the lake.

With gloved hands I caught  the little turtle and took it across the street to the woods near the lake.  Hopefully, this year I will find some more hatchlings.

 


Lizard Spa Day

What is a lizard spa day?  Hot rocks, tanning and a good peel.


Azalea Time

I usually make a post on Azaleas every year.  The reason being is that my most popular post is Azaleas, which leads me to believe people really like looking at them.  Check out the post and keep it at the top of my most viewed.

The Azalea buds are just about as pretty as an open flower.

This year a long stem wrapped around a pine tree for a nice contrast.

My nearly 20 year old bush has grown to 6 feet tall and it always puts on a great show.

 


Green for St. Pat’s Day

I was checking out all the new growth on my fern and spotted a Green Anole Lizard hanging out on a frond.  Can you find it?


Stuck in the Garage

During the Cedar Waxwing feeding frenzy from the previous post, one of the birds took a detour into the open garage and became stuck.  It is perched on top of the light.

I am very strict with my family and don’t allow them to leave the doors open, but today it was me doing gardening chores and being too lazy to walk around to the small door.

Waxwings, like most birds, only think about flying up to escape.  After chasing this bird around for awhile, I had to come up with another plan.  I cut a branch of holly berries and situated it near the open door and left for a while.  (I did saturate this photo to show the berries.)  Later when I came back, I saw my plan worked and the Waxwing was free.

The next day I went out to run errands and was puzzled for a moment as to why there were red bird droppings on my windshield.  Of course, it was from the Cedar Waxwing that was stuck in the garage the day before.


Cedar Waxwings Feeding Frenzy

We recently spent an afternoon watching Cedar Waxwings descend upon a holly bush loaded with red berries.

The Cedar Waxwings are beautiful birds with their black masks and pale yellow belly.  This photo caught the red tips on this one’s wing.  The birds have a bright yellow tip on their tails.

There were probably more than 50 individuals in this flock.  They arrived in waves, occasionally taking breaks.  The Waxwings had already stripped a nearby holly.  Earlier in the winter they ate all the berries from the native Yaupon Holly trees in the yard.

They were so eager to feed that they flew closely over our heads and under the front porch.  A few hit the windows, but survived.

Across the street a large flock of American Robins had been gathering and one finally came over to check out the action.


Toads Hunkered Down

While moving a pile of bricks, I came across six toads that were hunkered down for the cold days.  The toads were tucked between the bricks and each had a mate by their side.

They were sleepy and slow moving. I carefully relocated the toads to a safe spot and put a broken clay pot over them.

I camouflaged the pot with bark and leaves to keep the toads safe for the time being.  It will be interesting to see if they will stay in their new digs.