Posts Tagged ‘backyard’

The Cooper’s Hawk Came Back

The Cooper’s hawk returned to our yard this morning. It first came here on July 7 and stayed most of the time until the 19th.

Today is August 12th, and it’s back.

It seems to be getting used to our backyard.

When it’s in the yard, its presence reduces the number of birds in the area.

A few birds still continue to visit our yard.

… The hawk just flew across our backyard. I hadn’t seen it all day.

  It will be interesting to see how long it stays in the neighborhood this time.

You can tell by this picture that it can easily stay hidden in the thicket in the back corner of our yard, unless it flies.

What a Surprise Part 2

I went out in the yard the next evening, and there lay a luna moth on the ground. I didn’t see any movement.

Another one lay close by. It didn’t move any either.

None of the ones I saw moved. I walked to the backyard after taking all the pictures I needed.

Then … another surprise … I walked on down in the backyard, and there were the wings of another luna moth.

None of the wings were attached.

There was no body either.

It looked like the wings fell off.

These were all that was left of the moth. It must have burrowed in the ground to complete its transformation.

Backyard Surprise

We woke to little excitement a few mornings ago.

A small bird was determined to run a larger bird out of our backyard, and keep it out.

  The rounded shape of the end of the hawk’s tail identified it as a Cooper’s hawk (the top picture better shows the rounded end of its tail). Sharp shinned hawks are smaller, and the end of their tail is squared.

I could only see the dark shape of the hawk from the distance, and had to take pictures from in the house.

The smaller bird repeatedly flew at the hawk and continually dived at its back. This went on for most of the day.

  The hawk wasn’t fazed by the repeated attempts.

 The hawk stayed in our yard 2 1/2 days. The other birds didn’t like it and made their opinions known.

 This is 3 days later,  and the hawk’s staying here in our yard, hunting for birds.

 

Red Eared Slider

A  red-eared slider

“There’s a turtle in the back of the backyard,” shouted my husband.

I didn’t have any problems catching up with it. The angle it was walking toward the house made it easy to get close for taking pictures.

The male and female red-eared sliders both have a red patch on the side of their head.

They mate between mid-March and mid-June here in southern Illinois, and are active until mid October.

Composition in Green

I was walking around the backyard this morning, looking for spiders and their webs. The composition of the three or four sunlit greens was a pleasant surprise.

I didn’t expect to find such an artistic design, and one with a spider in its web.

Clouds to Admire

I went out in the backyard yesterday afternoon for a walk around the yard.

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I didn’t expect to see mountains of clouds. Some of the clouds were partially hidden behind trees in the east and south.

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The clouds continued to grow and expand.

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 Some of the clouds were only in the south and southeast.

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It almost felt like they would pass over me, low enough for me to touch or disappear into.

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It would’ve been nice if I’d been out watching the clouds approach and forming.

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Being outside, alone, it almost felt like I was in them. Like they were a gift.

A No-Name Mushroom

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These mushrooms grew at the base of a sweet gum tree in our backyard.

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I found them on November 24th last year

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and was excited over their appearance.

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 Rains kept me from taking more pictures until November 30. The largest one measured 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

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Mushrooms are beginning to frustrate me. I find ones I like and then can’t find them in any of my six mushroom books.

Oh well. I can still enjoy them anyway.