The bluebirds have proven to be a winter friend for the most part. They are still here, but they prefer to perch in the trees and drop down onto unsuspecting insects.
Just look at the blue color of this bird. I see these birds flying through the trees almost every day, but I still get excited to see that beautiful blue.
This little one will be responsible for my poured concrete patio slipping off it’s perch atop a hill.
Chipmunks dig tunnels all OVER and this one seems to LOVE the corner just next to the house. It digs under the concrete, apparently just for the fun of it and I can see the ground underneath now!
I can put a big rock over the hole, (don’t worry, the little one can escape out the other end of the tunnel,) but somehow overnight, THE ROCK’S BEEN MOVED!
I think this is a Rufous Hummingbird, but I may be mistaken. This little beauty loves nectar that is made up of a concoction of sugar and water. I use 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of water, I bring it to a boil and then let it cool. The sugar needs to be completely dissolved, I imagine that with such a tiny throat, chunky nectar doesn’t go down all that well.
I normally don’t like cropping an image so drastically, but I wanted to show you his beautiful copper feathers. Like so many other birds, I marvel at the creation of such beautiful, magical creatures.
I told this groundhog that it was Monday and it just stared at me. To a groundhog it’s the season that matters.
It asked me what month it was and I told it July, I thought it was just messing with me. After doing a little research I found out that for these cuties the month IS important because there is a deadline of sorts for them. Winter is coming.
They spend every day stuffing themselves in preparation for winter…they will hibernate underground and so they need to build lots of body fat to live on.
We have Groundhog day here, a tradition that is built on the premise that, every year on the second of February if a groundhog sees it’s shadow, it means six more weeks of winter.
The truth of the matter is, the males come out of hibernation in February to locate females that are still in hibernation. Breeding season will start in March, so, having located the objects of their affection, the males go back into hibernation for a few more weeks.
Who wants to get out of bed before they have to?
(One more interesting fact…THEY’RE A MEMBER OF THE SQUIRREL FAMILY!)
I’ve grown kind of fond of my daily squirrel visitor. He has a lot of personality and makes me laugh at least once each time he visits.
This is a short little video of my cute little friend, made from a few clips that I put together.