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Friday, May 9, 2014

In Our Neck Of The Woods


The weather has been beautiful and summer like , temps have hit highs of  24ºC or 75ºF with warm breezes and lots of sun shine .  I have been out in my gardens preparing them for my new flowers  and it has been great ,nothing like getting in your garden dirt lol !

All of our birds and critters are  all back now and eating us out of  house and home lol  Orioles and Hummers are drinking down the nectar like it is going out of style  and the other birdies and critters are munching down the seed from the feeders . All is busy with nest building and some have already had their babies as I can hear little cheep cheep from the Cedar hedges .

We have a new bird in town again this year who sings so pretty . Seems every year a new bird comes to join the fun !

                                                                                A Brown Thrasher !

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           After I had finished my gardens I went around and took lots of photos ! We have so many different species of birds , I counted 16 species that visit our yard on a daily basis   and critters well Squirrels are a given lol bunnies and Chipmunks and any at night that we don't see , Bugs galore  , Butterfly's are out and about as are all the bees of all kinds to !

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I have never seen this many Rose Breasts Grosbeaks in one place  we have 7 males and three females and the Orioles we have 4 males and two females  .

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                                                                           And two Orchard Orioles !

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                 The birds are all so active and singing all the time  I love it all , At night and during the day now as the weather heats up the peepers are out in full force on the river banks and in the marshy areas around our forest peeping like crazy as it echo's through out the valley as are the Canadian Geese nesting on the river banks  as they take a fly around every now and then to stretch their wings as they fly  around the river and valley forest honking as it to echo's !

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                                                              Miggs in her usual warm day spot lol !

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                                Charlie our Red Bellied woodpecker has been busy filling up with food as it is nesting time !

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           So Many Gold finch at the feeders there is no room for some and they have to wait their turn so they

                                                                                          ground feed .

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          Mr and Mrs Cardinal are busy building a nest as Mrs Cardinal has her beak stuffed with nesting material !

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                                            Baby bunnies come out to play in the nice  sunshine and warmth!

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               This has been our temps with lots of sunshine ! and the nights have been warm as well so out went my Geraniums that I have  winterized since last year , they are on the front porch in full bloom !

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  Dandelions are making a come back  Papa doesn't like them in his lawn  lol  , as for me  ,I like them they are pretty !

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                                                                      Lots of fungi growing everywhere !

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                        And cute little wild flowers in the grasses , Papa calls them a weed I call them pretty lol !

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                                         We have had wonderful sun rises and like this photo lovely sunsets !

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                                           And as the sun sets  the  moon appears under the light of the setting sun !

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         Oceans of clouds floating by as the sun was setting ! Reminds me of the white caps of the waves rippling at the beach !

                 Well FEW !! Lots has been going on in our yard with birds , critters and all , just the way I like it to !

            Sun has risen  this morning but there is a threat of afternoon thunderstorms , oh goodie I like thunderstorms  , Miggs not so much !  Well off for our walk as it is lovely out this morning .

                              We are very lucky to live in a valley that  has so much wonderful nature and beauty !

                                                 Thank you to all for our son James Birthday wishes on Wed  .

                                    Hope your back yard is busy with nature , sun is shining  and  you are happily

                                                                                 digging in your gardens to   !

                                                                                Until next time my friends !

                                                                                  Country Gal


Primitive Stars said...

Wow!!! so beautiful outside already. So many visitors too, love to see the birds, oh and Miggs, Blessings Francine.

Jane and Chris said...

A rose breasted grosbeak appeared earlier this week..he was really hungry and had himself a feast.
we had thunder last night..and possibly more this afternoon. I'm enjoying this mini summer!
Jane x

Anvilcloud said...

Your place looks fantastic in spring.

Pamela Gordon said...

You've been having some lovely weather there. It's been quite nice here this week with sunny warm (15) days so things are popping now. Rain for the weekend but at least it will be a warm rain. Those I don't mind. Have a wonderful weekend.

TexWisGirl said...

awesome spots of color all around!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Too humid too soon for me here today.
You can send a few of those beautiful grosbeaks this way. I haven't seen any in the garden here yet.
A Happy Belated Birthday to your son. They grow up so fast.
Enjoy the weekend.
Susan x

Patsy said...

Wonderful photo's!
What a happy post.

Amy at love made my home said...

Poor Miggs, she has had to go from so cold to so hot in such a short period of time! It is lovely to see all that is starting to grow in your garden, plants and birds. Hope that you have a good weekend. xx

Lisa Tucker said...

Oh my....I love all of your wildlife in your yard!! Beautiful photos of it all! I really loved the rose breasted pretty. Thanks for sharing!!!

Jen Vandervoort said...

Cardinals, and Rose you are making me bird envious.


William Kendall said...

Beautiful shots! Things have been busy there!

Michelle said...

Isn't it nice to see everything come alive this time of year! Love seeing the Grosbeaks. I have them at my feeders for the first time.

Anonymous said...

It is so lovely being outside for most of the day. We have lots of goldfinches too, and noticed the white crowned sparrows during the week as well. No grosbeaks for us, but a week or so after you see them they arrive in our garden. I've been planting bean seeds, canna root and more but no annuals yet. I've been outside so much I'm not getting around in blogland to visit my friends as much.