Fortunately for the wildlife and for my electric bill too, I have lots of shade in my yard.
The squirrel below took such a long siesta in the heat of the day that I was afraid he had suffered a heat stroke.
I decided against making noise to make sure he was ok because, if he was resting it was better to leave him alone so he didn't have to use energy running away in his fur coat in the heat.
Finally after well over an hour of my checking through my window to see if he had moved, an itch he had to scratch roused him.
He stayed in a new position on the same branch until finally he got up and came down for a drink of water. I was glad that he was ok.
My deck bird bath is always full of a procession of birds.
The small birds watch me from the trees when I change out the bath for cool water so they get a turn before the larger birds return.
It's nice to see the pecan tree laden with pecans for a winter treat for me and the wildlife.
I've gotten better at photographing the birds in the trees and bushes. I watch for rustling leaves when the wind isn't blowing and usually can spot a bird.
The most popular cover is trees and bushes that not only have shade but also berries for the birds to eat.
The porch swing is popular because that gives a good view of the bird bath.
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