Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

The Painted Lady prefers nectar from composites 3-6 feet high, especially thistles; also aster, cosmos, blazing star, ironweed, and joe-pye weed. Flowers from other families that are visited include red clover, buttonbush, privet, and milkweeds.

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Zebra Swallowtail (Eurytides marcellus)

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Zebra Swallowtail enjoying my new hanging basket …. Fairy Fan Flower (Scaevola aemula)

 

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Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Friday, June 25th, 2010

I took a drive through Dolans Lake a couple of weeks ago and found lots of wildflowers.  This “Wild Bergamot” was just gorgeous.  The bees and butterflies were lovin’ it!   They are “Fritillary Butterflies” …. these are the “Aphrodite Fritillary” (Speyeria aphrodite)

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The Red Fox Family

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Meet the little Red Fox Family …..

I’ve been feeding these foxes for over 2 months.  The first time that Mom & Pop brought the little ones out for me to see it was around 9pm so I didn’t get a photo of them all together.  That night there were 3 little ones and they were very small.  Several nights later they came out and there were only 2 little ones.  A few days ago someone came by and told me that one of the little ones had been killed on the highway!  (ruined my whole day).  I still put a big plate of food out when it gets dark but for the last 3 nights Mom is the only one that comes over to eat.  Maybe something has happened to the last remaining little one.

I feel sad for Mom since she was such a good mother and so protective of the little guys …… but …… they get a certain size and she is no longer able to control them.

 

Mom only brought them out right before dark so the images are not that great

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This is a shot of Mom.  She certainly is a gorgeous lady!  Her coat is so pretty and shiny when the sun hits her … she seems healthy and has no signs of mange.

 

 

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And, this is Dad …. he’s making off with a couple of hotdogs!

Gotta Love those little Goslings!

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

When baby Canada geese, called goslings, emerge from their shells in springtime they have yellow feathers like baby ducklings. They follow their parents around in a goose parade for about two months until they are ready to learn to fly. By autumn, they accompany their parents on the southward migration.

 

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That water sure looks nice and cool …. maybe I’ll go for a swim.

 

 

 

 

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Guess I better wait for mom and dad to go in first ……

 

 

 

 

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I’ll just hang around here on the bank and eat some grass until they get in the water and then I can follow them.

Palm Warbler (Dendroica palmarum)

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

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Wings UP!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I’ve finally added a new album in my Picasa Web Albums.  You can view all of the latest uploads in “Wings Up”.

Downy Woodpecker (male)

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Northern Cardinal (male)

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Cardinal on a Snowy Branch

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

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Birds are cold this morning ….

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Hey …… did you know it snowed and it’s COLD out here

 

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I have to stay all fluffed up to keep warm

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Please bring us some seeds out NOW!

 

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This Titmouse looks a little PO’d because I haven’t filled up the feeders yet :o)

Cardinals (male & female)

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Taken during our little snow and BIG COLD spell ..  shot through the window!

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