Saturday, September 20, 2008

Bird Stop Off Place

A Yellow Beak Cuckoo.
A first view of this bird.  The above link gives a very good description, food, etc.  Very interesting.  Al

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Beautiful Luna Moth

This beautiful, large moth was just outside our kitchen window today. From the condition of his wings, he looks a little travel weary! This Luna Moth is in the family of silk moths.

The link below is to a wonderful site that helps one to identify butterflies and moths. It has a lot of interesting information about this moth. If you look at their Image Gallery, you will find hundreds and hundreds of gorgeous pictures of butterflies and moths. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Flicker all dressed up for Spring!

On the 8th of April and the 9th we have had this visitor here. I was lucky to have gotten a few shots. So far that is the only time we have spotted it, out front of our house, about 20 feet from the kitchen window. Seeing this Flicker brings back fond memories of back in the 1960's when a male Flicker came to our house year after year. We lived on Sunset Drive and this male Flicker became infatuated with seeing himself in the reflection of our car windows and mirrors, even the windows of the house. If a window to the car was left open, he would actually go in the car so he could gaze at himself in the rearview mirror. Nila's poodle grooming customers often were surprised to find a Flicker Woodpecker in their cars when they returned if they had left their windows open. We finally made him very happy by giving him his very own mirror in one of our poplar trees. He returned to our home each spring for many years and we all became as fond of him as any of our own "pets."
COMMON FLICKER - "Common in open country and large trees. Flicker are jay sized woodpeckers with brown back, no white on wings, and a black breast crescent."

End of latest beautiful bird watching. Al - Gr

Monday, January 14, 2008

Great Website for all Bird Lovers

These blue bird pictures were taken in 11/16/06. Go back in the archives to see more blue bird pictures taken that day.

This website has lots of wonderful information about birds, including bird graphics and instructions for making birdhouses. I have used their patterns to make a lot of birdhouses and they are very nice to follow and very practical. Click on the link and have fun exploring!

Cardinal Getting A Treat

Invite a friend to eat !

Sunday, January 13, 2008

White Tail... the Squirrel

We have had a variety of different squirrels through the years, but one of our favorites has been a squirrel we nicknamed "White Tail." He lived in this area for some time and visited our feeders frequently. He also produced quite a few offspring who also sported white tails and noses! As you can see, "White Tail" is somewhat of a hero. This quiet, unassuming little squirrel is patriotic and willing to defend his country in Iraq. But maybe he is not all that he appears to be...

Our daughter, Peggy, is good with photoshop... but "White Tail" really is a white-tailed squirrel... no Photoshop there! He is a natural White Tail!! Actually the neighbors tell us that there have been white tailed squirrels in this area for many years.

Little Guy

Little Guy is another deer that we handfed from the time he was a tiny fawn. He was released on our property and was free to come and go. Even though we tried hard not to make him a pet, he was very tame and loved to be with people. Having a "Pet" deer is not recommended as they can become dangerous when they are older. Little Guy eventually joined a herd of wild deer but continued to visit us from time to time.

That's not a Hummingbird!

This little fawn was placed in our care by the South Dakota Game Fish and Wildlife to care for until he was old enough to be released in a wild life refuge. He quickly developed a taste for hummingbird nectar!

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

The Rose Breasted Grosbeak is a very colorful bird. He looks like he is all dressed up in a black coat and vest, with a bright red shirt!

Indigo Bunting

Many people mistake the Indigo Bunting for a blue bird, but it is much more colorful than a bluebird. The Indigo Bunting likes to eat the thistle that we put out for the goldfinches.


Cardinals are one of our favorite birds who visit our feeders. The male cardinals seem to be especially pretty when you see them against the white snow!


We always have a lot of hummingbirds at our feeders. But in the fall it seems like the hummingbirds spend a lot more time at the feeders. They seem to be eating a lot to prepare themselves for the long flight south for the winter. These hummingbirds seem to be larger and less colorful than some of the others.

White Swallow

This little albino swallow was hatched in a nest just over our front door in Sioux Falls, SD. We were able to watch him grow. He was very beautiful and very unusual.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

This beautiful "God's Creature" flew against our kitchen window. The only second Cardinal (female) to do that since we have been here. The first one died on our front step earlier this fall, no males so far. We have had many other birds hit the window and a few never make it after impact. I have held many of them until they are ready to take off. They seem to like to be held in a warm hand maybe 20 minutes to 30 minutes and fly off when they have regained full strength. The trees reflect against the glass like a mirror and they think it must be ok. I wish there were something we could do with out hurting our view as we love to watch all the birds at our feeders out there. We do have a X pattern panels in the inside and that does not help. We even taped large pictures of big black birds in each window that helped for a while. We got that idea from a bird magazine.

This bird hit the glass at just about dark and was conscious but not ready to fly so we put her in a box and put it in our Patio. She had blood in her right eye that did not look good. We put her in God's care for the night. In the morning,
I got the box out of the patio and the Cardinal was moving around very vigorously. I took it to the front door and opened it. It flew away so fast I could hardly see it. Thank God!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Cardinals in the snow

In taking pictures, the timing is everything. Sometimes a good shot is missed because the shutter is a little slow. Sometimes that works to your advantage. I was trying to take this picture of the cardinal and just as I snapped the picture he took off and the blue jay flew in. It turned out to be a pretty neat picture!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The OakTree

All of the other trees have dropped their leaves, but this oak tree is still showing its beautiful fall colors. As you can see, we are all set for fall with the windows on our screened in patio all covered with plastic to help keep it warmer over the winter.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Wild Turkey

It used to be very rare for one to see a wild turkey. They were very wily and difficult to find. Now, it is not unusual to see them feeding in the fields near our home. This picture was taken on the road to our house.

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Cooper's Hawk

Cooper's Hawk

This Cooper's Hawk showed up at our bird feeders. He had made a kill and was eating it. This picture was taken through the window. It was fun to see a different type of bird, but we hated to see him eat those who were here to eat!

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Robins Forgot Their Way South

This flock of robins have been coming to eat and drink at our bird station most of the winter. I think the birds and animals are getting confused with all the weather changes lately and do not know what to do. We have counted seven robins here at the same time. There are other people in Denison who are reporting that they also are seeing a lot of robins this winter.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Blue Birds

Bluebirds have appeared at our bird feeder a number of times, but each time that they come it is a big treat for us. I was able to get some nice clear pictures of them this time!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Ant Lions

These holes started to show up around our patio. This a.m. I was surprised to see how many there were. I was curious to know what was causing them. My daughter, Tami, thought they were traps created by spiders. So we did some research. What we found out are the holes are made by an insect larva which turns into a bug that looks like a dragonfly. Our grandson, Nathan, found this one in one of the holes. They are not beautiful, but they do trap and kill spiders and other insects when they fall into these holes.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Easter Lilies

These sure look like Easter Lilies! I took these pictures at 10:00 a.m. I am not sure why it turned so dark around them, but I think the effect is really nice.