Willy-nilly Friday 5
1. The Great Caterpillar Mystery is no longer a mystery! The bandit was caught on *surveillance video.
Northern Cardinal, juvenile male
Would you like a napkin to expunge the evidence?
2. Our Northern Mockingbird is back and singing. He does a perfect imitation of a car alarm that goes off down the street.
He kept puffing and shaking his feathers, thought he would hop in the birdbath.
3. I walked six+ miles today at First Landing State Park.
Trooping Funnel? Mushroom looks like a birdbath.
4. Looks like one of the mermaids escaped Norfolk.
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5. Bath time!
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I didn’t have any new bird shots to share last week, so I went out and found a few to share with you today.
The Northern Mockingbird was flitting around, making a lot of noise. No flattering shot for it, I’m afraid!
Great Blue Heron
These were all found at the local botanical garden.
Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday and Water World Wednesday
Downy Woodpecker–just peeking in on you
No sooner than hubby asked if the mockingbird had been around in the cold weather, the very next day it showed up!
Here’s a view of the backyard featuring our second snowfall, eight inches or so.
It didn’t look pristine for long, hubby shoveled paths to the feeders. Wednesday may have been the first time ever he couldn’t get to work. I wish he’d been able to enjoy his day off, but it was spent clearing snow, and fretting about orders that needed to be placed. This morning, he had to dig through the barricade of snow the plow left before he could get the car out of the driveway.
Have you ever wondered what the belly of a Yellow-rumped Warbler looks like?
Now you know!
Too soon, our day came to an end.
May you be warm, wherever you are today.
I’ve been away since late last week. I regained my hour of lost sleep from last spring’s change to Daylight Savings Time. I looked at my kitchen calendar this evening and realized I’d fallen back a whole month–it still showed October. Who wouldn’t like to have an extra month this time of year?
Thought I’d share some photos today. Hovering over a photo will bring up the caption, clicking on a photo will start a slide show.
Have a great week!
The eye stripe and perky tail identify this Carolina Wren.
Lonesome Dove, the only bird that didn’t leave when the hawk appeared. It stayed in this position a very long time.
Yes, we’re watching you, Lady Cardinal.
She doesn’t splash water all over the bathroom, I mean backyard, when she bathes.
Yellow-rumped warbler found the small pool of water at the base of the birdbath.
Crows ganged up on the bunny. When one became aggressive toward it, I stepped outside.
I’ve seen way too many of these lately. (Cooper’s Hawk)
Things were ’bout to become interesting.
On the left we have the Northern Mockingbird, and the European Starling on the right.
The mockingbird is first to enter the arena, and issues a dare to the starling.
The starling calls for back up, and its tag-team partner arrives for the cage match.
The opponents size up the competition.
The mockingbird slanders the starling’s mother…
…then takes his leave.
Thanks for visiting and leaving your comments during the interruption of our regularly-scheduled program. I’ve missed keeping up with your posts; it’s good to be home. I found a few new things around the backyard upon my return, and will be sharing them with you over the next few days.
We observed this Northern Mockingbird having lunch with us at Schlotzsky’s Deli.
I’m at our daughter’s again this week, driving her homeschooled students to their SOL testing site. And getting my daily Bailey!
I’ve learned that armadillo’s eyes are very sensitive to light. Andy should love it here, we have seen mostly rainy days since his arrival. For more of Andy’s journeys and to meet his “mom,” please visit: http://lenorediane.com/
and click on “Adventures of Andy.”
He’s a curious critter, wanted to know what was all the fuss about birds. I prepared a vantage point for him, and now he’s a regular bird watcher, too.
Watching for birds
The brown thrasher came by for a visit.
Andy thinks he and the brown thrasher would make a good insect-and-worm-hunting team.
Then he asked where all the noise was coming from. I directed his attention to the roof peak–the northern mockingbird was sharing his song repertoire.
Andy rode along on a trip to the library. I inadvertently mentioned “bookworms.” He was disappointed to find the library a place filled with books, rather than worms. I think he was getting hungry!