Wood poppy & bee balm

The wood poppy I planted last week is blooming.✨💛 It’s pretty💖 Bee balm is growing, which reminds me, the hummingbirds will be here around the same time the cat birds arrive. Usually around April 25th😊💖 Hummingbirds love bee balm. Happy Monday🦋🐻🦉

Common Blue Violet

This morning I got some exercise working in the garden while listening to brown thrashers that just migrated back here. I cleaned up leaves, pulled some weeds, and cut old stems off plants. I made three trips to the compost with the wheelbarrow. It’s rewarding to see my native plants growing. The first one to…

Bird Sightings

Yesterday on our walk, we saw birds that have migrated back to our area. I’m not sure if bluebirds migrate or not, but the red-winged blackbirds and tree swallows do. I have a Nikon camera with a 200 zoom lens, and I’m still learning to take better pictures. My bird pictures turned out good from…

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

I woke early to be ready for our hike today and thought about mourning cloak butterflies. I looked it up and saw that they are the first butterflies to emerge from hibernation on warm days in late winter, early spring. While we were hiking, we came to an area where we have seen mourning cloaks…

Finding a Fawn

In 2019 we saw a fawn, and I had read that as long as they don’t look stressed or hurt, it’s ok to leave them alone. When small like the one in my photo, fawns lay down in a safe place hidden from predators, and the doe is usually nearby. If they look hurt or…

Mourning Doves

Something I noticed a few years ago is that the mourning doves start cooing in February, which I’m pretty sure is the beginning of the mating season for them. I love the sound they make and listening to it. Sometimes I see the doves rubbing their beaks together like they are kissing. We were walking…

Great Backyard Bird Count 2021

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a fun winter activity we do every year. If you want to join in, then go to birdcount.org and create an account so you can enter how many birds you see. This year’s count is February 12-15. Also, I’m looking forward to reading this book soon. I want to…

Red-tailed hawk

I love the incredible picture of a red-tailed hawk hubby captured on the way home from our walk this morning.