Monday, May 07, 2012

In Our Yards

Our yards continue to be very busy, mainly with groups of White-winged Doves, House Finches and House Sparrows, and smaller numbers of Mourning Doves, Carolina Chickadees and Northern Mockingbirds.

A couple of American Robins have moved onto our street and they frequently pop in either root around for worms or to visit the birdbaths.

Our resident Downy Woodpeckers are even more frequent visitors. The female tends to gorge herself on suet. Perhaps she's eating for two at the moment.

Her partner likes to check out the seed feeders for nuts and sunflower seeds.

An adult Carolina Wren brought a young bird on a tour of our back yard the other day. He/She was probably saying something along the lines of, "One day, my child, all of this will be yours."

As the wrens were hopping along the fence, Tiger walked into the yard. The adult wren seized on this as a teachable moment and started screaming what is presumably the wren word for "cat" or "enemy".

The sreeching eventually ended when Tiger left the yard, only to start up again when Petra ventured out throughh the cat flap. This time the young bird joined in. 

At one point the adult's feathers were blown up by the breeze, reminding me of the iconic image of Marilyn Monroe standing on a subway grating in New York.

Other Visitors and Residents

 Gulf Fritillaries and other butterflies continue to fly in and out of our yards every few minutes. We seem to have a healthy population of Anoles, too. There always seems to be at least one on our fence.

They often stop to display in the hope of attracting a mate.


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