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.


Sugar Bees

The sugar feeder has become really popular.  Now bees have taken over.

I’m not sure where the bees came from, as it took months before they discovered the feeder.

The competition is high and the birds only have access to their sugar treat on cold and rainy days.

 

 


Birds and Sugar

My Sugar Bird is back.  This little bird is crazy for sugar and I do believe it is the same bird that has visited in previous years.

As it turns out, I identify this bird differently every year.  This year I’m going to say it is an Orange-crowned Warbler.  I can look at those bird pictures all day and not quite tell what this cutie is.

I was really surprised to see that a Chickadee had been observing Sugar Bird and decided to see what was so delicious.

When Chickadees feed, they go to the feeder and take a seed to a tree to eat.  They are very quick.

I have the sugar feeder set up outside my kitchen window, so I can be entertained while I eat.  I also took all the photos from my table, through the window that is about five feet away.

It took me weeks to get a shot of the fast moving Chickadee and I was thrilled when I got these four during one visit…and in focus.