|"Don't eat me!|
|Two young Blue Jays|
Blue Jays. The young Blue Jays are always on high alert with their head crest at "full mast." Unlike their parents, they have yet to get their lil' fluffy heads around how to use the bird bath, despite frequent demonstrations from parents. They make a sweet, mewling sound, like a kitten, and "tremble" their wings for attention. Then they get a "what's that!" moment and become startled by their own wings. I believe we have had ongoing generations of the same family for at least 7 years now.
We currently have two Cardinal youngsters moseying around and I gently rescued a cute, little female a few times from our screened in patio, where she has flown in attracted by our Maroon-bellied Conures feed dish. Both Conures can talk, so she has fluttered around, trapped and frantic, to a scathing male-duet-chorus of "bad birdie," from them.
|Busy Busy Woodpecker Parent|
Above a parent woodpecker alites right next to me to gather up sunflower seeds for the wheezy, pesky youngsters.
Here's another view of his/her gloriously striped, back feathers.
I believe this is, unfortunately, a Japanese Beetle, a serious pest. Follow "Beetle" link below for more information.
|Red Rat Snake|
|Full grown Caterpillar|
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|Laying eggs on Parsley|