Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Nature Notes: Wildlife

This week I thought I'd post shots of the wildlife at my house and on the neighborhood Lake.
The squirrel above spent a long time intent on the space in between my decks floor boards. I think the bird below is a house finch. In her post last week Michelle showed us how to tell the difference in house finch and purple finch. I still wish the finch would have faced me because it's harder for me to tell turned side ways.
I almost thought the male cardinal below was ready to challenge me with a duel if I got any closer.
He was having a bad hair day after his bath.
The blue jays don't come to the bird baths as often as other birds but we've gone from cool to very hot humid weather and I know all the birds need extra water.
The cardinals and robins are the birds I see at the baths the most.
The robins are probably the least jittery about me photographing from the door windows.
At Shelley Lake I see fewer ducks and geese in the main part of the lake this time of year, but I hear them in protected areas where I suspect they are nesting.
The Canadian Geese crack me up when they walk on the bridge.
The goose below seemed to step on his own feet.
I've been noticing more and more rabbits in my neighborhood.
They seem to enjoy eating my weeds as much as anything which is fine with me.
This rabbit ran to my next door neighbors but I saw where it went so I kept my distance and photographed it.
I saw this hawk flying when I drove to a near by store.
When I parked I got out my camera and saw it land in the pine trees.
I kept my distance from the tree and photographed it for a long time.
Back at home I caught a mockingbird at the bird bath and on my deck.
I always enjoy looking at and listening to mocking birds.
The squirrel below was feasting in my mulberry tree.
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Wren said...

What a delightful collection of critters! I love spring and all of the wildlife that come out into view.

Judy said...

I love the cardinal taking a bath. I've never seen that before.

Cezar and Léia said...

They are all lovely critters but I'm so enchanted by the cute rabbit!Cool set of shots!

Carolina Mountains said...

Love the birds in the bath. Great selection of wildlife and so close by!

eileeninmd said...

Great shots of the birds at the bath and on your deck. Wonderful series of photos and critters.

Leora said...

Love the bad hair day cardinal. The bunny is sweet - we had one living in our backyard for a short time.

srp said...

Yes, it went from spring... straight to late July and August. At least we had the spring, but everything seems different... the flowers in the beds... what is growing and blooming and what isn't and the insects... we have lots of bees but few butterflies and last year at this time I had already photographed quite a few. But that is the beauty of nature... always something different.

Rambling Woods said...

That is a house finch...the purple finch have a crest and more of a cardinal bill...I wonder what kind of hawk that is....hmmmm... Michelle

Crafty Green Poet said...

what wonderful photos! I love the ones of the cardinal bathing,