I'm still recovering from the end of the year holidays. Hope that everyone enjoyed/survived. I still have to take down the decorations, but will get to that this week... if I have time. We haven't had any snow in a few days. No storms are on the horizon. My kids had a terrific school vacation capped off by sledding on the really big hill in town. Nothing and no one got broken. I'll miss them when they are at school today, but will also enjoy the quiet.
Instead of writing about something, I've decided to share some photos from warmer weather.
I love this photo. I think that this squirrel needs a waistcoat and a pocket watch. I feed birds (15 feeders worth) so I have a lot of squirrels hanging around.
We enjoy watching the life cycles of the birds. In Spring it's always a treat to see the juvenile birds come to the feeders.
This is a juvenile Cardinal that we named Grumpy because he looks grumpy. This is a male. You can see the red starting to cover him. Also note that when he's an adult he'll have a much more flashy orange beak.
This is a juvenile Red-Bellied Woodpecker. She doesn't quite have the hang of the feeder yet.
Here she is 3 months later showing off some adult plumage.
And here she is with her Dad. Looks like they are not getting along at the moment.
This is a Rose Breasted Grosbeak juvenile male. He only hopes that he looks as great as Dad. (see below)
Rose Breasted Grosbeak males are spectacular during mating season.
I'll share more birdie pictures in the future. Oh, and lots of flower pictures especially when I can't think of anything in particular to write about. :)
Here are some cardinals for Ter:
Qwill's Qwestion: What do you think this is? Or do you have a favorite or not so favorite wild bird or backyard critter?All photos were taken by me around my house.
And here's the answer: it's a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth, Hemaris thysbe. The first time that I saw it, I thought it was a baby hummingbird. Well at least until I noticed the antennae! Here's another picture to give you an idea of just how small it is.
Thanks to everyone who guessed and to those who knew what it is!