A finch picnic
Our bird feeders and bird baths give us a wonderful opportunity to view many types of birds. It is always fun to watch their antics.
A classy swimming pool
A puddle will do nicely too
It doesn't seem to matter the time of year, we always seem to have some kind of avian visitor.
This robin is wondering what happened. This picture was taken in April.
A Lazuli Bunting
Here's a Northern Flicker, a type of woodpecker. They hang around into winter. I always leave some grapes on my vines for them, well what the robins don't get. The woodpeckers love frozen grapes.
This hawk is scouting for lunch. I know they have to eat also but I sure don't like them getting my little sparrows. Fortunately the sparrows have a nice place to hide in a prickly rose bush near the feeders.
I think this is a Rose-breasted Grosbeak
This is "Morty" our resident pheasant. He has been coming and going in our yard for several years now.
Here's Morty last spring with one of his female friends, he had two.
These guys showed up in our yard one day this past August. They poked around for awhile then waddled on their merry way.
We always seem to have one or two rabbits that like to make a home under our shed. Like the other wild life they come and go.
This doe stopped to take a drink last week in front of our house.
Here's the doe's friend munching on some grass. We see this buck and several does frequently this time of year roaming around the neighborhood.
A first for us, a couple weeks ago we had raccoons in our yard. We found the dog's water dish tipped over one morning and were wondering how it happened. That evening our motion sensor light in front went off and my husband spotted four raccoons before they scooted around to the back. The next day the water dish was tipped over again. We're pretty sure they were eating fallen crab apples. They have since moved on to greener pastures. I wish I could have gotten a picture.
These are a few examples of the wildlife that visit our yard. Over the years as our garden has grown and evolved we've noticed more birds. Not only the number of birds but also the variety. So who's in your garden?
A thought to ponder: "When man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard." Lakota