Saturday, June 20, 2015

Dinner time at The Shire...


Our hummingbirds are extremely cautious, but I will continue snapping photos until I get the pictures I like. In the meantime, I will share what I have with my friends.

You can also see that the lizards are pretty healthy, with no help from us. I watched this guy grab a bug and wrestle with him. The bug lost.

For Father's Day, Sandy got me some more bird feeders. A black sunflower seed feeder will attract cardinals, nuthatches, chickadees, grosbeaks, woodpeckers, and a host of other birds. For our bluebirds, a block of mealy worm seed cake (which does not at all look appetizing). And last, but not least, two bluebird boxes! It's a beautiful and entertaining world…






Saturday, June 13, 2015

Birds And The Bees...


Deer, a blue heron, king fisher, turkey, doves, bluebirds, wood thrush, cardinals, gold finch, and a host of creatures make the surroundings of The Shire their home. About a week ago, we put up a feeder for hummingbirds. Now we have a ruby throated pair zipping back and forth from their yet to be located nest. The bright red syrup, suspended from the curl of a black iron holder, draws them in for a sweet tasting meal. Every morning, Sandy and I sit on the front porch sipping hot coffee and waiting for them to arrive at first light. They always do. Cautious, they flit in quickly. We look forward to the day when their timidity eases, so that we can get some close-up photographs. If that never happens we still enjoy them!

This evening, the tiny couple had syphoned off the final droplets of nectar from the feeder. After a few dry runs they flitted away disappointed; their needle-like beaks found the portals to yield nothing. Finally, one of them flew up to the living room window, hovered there, and stared in at us as if to say, "Hey, Bill, we're out of food!"

I responded to their guilting.

Refilled, the reservoir of the feeder captured the final rays of the setting sun and transformed it into a sparkling red ball. Our little friends were happy! 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Incredible Little Creatures...

Acrobats...threading a needle...
Sunset...

Try as I may, I am finding it difficult to get photographs of our hummingbirds that have come to the feeder we just put out; to this point they remain shy and cautious. 

We love watching them flit and hover and suspend themselves perfectly still so they can thread their needle-like beak into feeder ports not much larger than the eye of a needle. 

There are never more than two birds at a time peeping and chirping around the sweet nectar specially blended for their pleasure and health. Their wings rapidly flapping create more sound than seemingly possible for such miniature creatures. 
A brief stop...