Posts Tagged ‘yard’

Visiting Coopers Hawk

There’s nothing like a close-up seat for viewing a visiting bird.

This visitor was a female Cooper’s hawk.

The females are bigger than the males.

This one spent time checking for any visitors in the yard.

Apparently, the large oak tree across the highway was the main tree magnet.

This last picture was taken after the clouds thinned later in the  afternoon.

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Returning Bluebirds

The bluebirds moved into my yard recently.

They wouldn’t show up if it weren’t for their bright colors. They can be easy to see if they’re perched just right in the sunlight. They do brighten up a person’s day.

This picture was taken the same day as the ones of the bluebird. I can’t explain why the picture turned out like it did. The white lines in the foreground are strands of spider silk. The other finer strands are part of a spider web. What I don’t understand are the tiny round spots?

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.

Changes

I sit on the couch, staring out the picture window across the room from me.

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Thinking. I am sad and adjusting.

I found out recently that I’m in the early stages of Alzheimers. It became more apparent this morning when I was reading through blogs. I always have several done that I can pick from to post. Others I write and post when completed.

Anyway, it became apparent that my Alzheimer’s occasionally affects my writing. There I sat, reading and rereading, trying to make a change in one, but couldn’t come up with a way to change it that suited me.

I will definitely continue to write blogs. Anxiety is one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  My meds keep my stomach upset most of the morning. The anxiety keeps me from driving at this time.

So, basically, I will blog what I find in our 2-acre yard like I have been doing. I am knitting a lot, making diamond-shaped washcloths for Christmas presents.

Anyway, I will continue to write blogs. I enjoy them too much not to.

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The rose above is a family heirloom that grows in my butterfly garden. My great grandfather gave it to my grandmother when my mother was born in 1929.

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p.s. I heard about two positive results this afternoon about coconut oil and its affects on Alzhiemers.
You might research it. I haven’t had time yet.

Moth Mullein

This is my last groundhog blog. They moved out sometime yesterday afternoon. There’s two of the few pictures I took of them yesterday morning at the end of this blog.

I’ve been taking ground hog pictures several times a day, since the first of May.

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During this time there’s been a plant in my line vision that was often between me and the groundhogs. I thought it was a moth mullein (Verbascum blattaria), but wasn’t sure. Two of them grow beside the moon garden, the only two in the yard.

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They have finally started blooming.

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The flowers are absolutely beautiful inside, with so many colors to attract the insects.

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They have such a tall inflorescence, that they will bloom for a while. Luckily, the groundhogs don’t show any interest in them.

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I was working on this blog, looked out the window and there was a young groundhog.

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It went back under the barn, and one of the adults came partially out, probably  to see of I was still around.


Both of these pictures were taken at noon yestererday.

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As you can tell, they were growing like “kids” do.

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And they liked to play.

They will be missed.

Visiting Turtle

Every spring I usually watch a turtle crossing our yard, heading west.

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This one didn’t like my attention,

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and stayed where it was for about two hours.

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I’m not sure,

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but I think it was a melanistic male red-eared slider.

 

A Yard Visitor

A storm passed through southern Illinois earlier this morning.

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 I sat at the computer, beside the picture window, working on blog. I looked out, and there was a box turtle crossing our yard. I grabbed my camera and out I went.

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At least turtles are slow and more cooperative for pictures.

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You can tell the approximate age of a box turtle by counting the rings on plastron (a plate). I counted thirteen rings on one of the plates.

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Male box turtles have red eyes and the females have brown.

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I sat at the computer working on the blogs from the earlier yard visitors. Then what do I see next — a young squirrel.

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Squirrels aren’t common in our yard.

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This one was a fast little critter that didn’t pose for pictures. I lucked out getting these two.