Sunday, April 21, 2013

My Fauna

One thing I always wanted was a nice house with a huge yard that I could landscape with flowers and bushes that attracted birds and butterflies that I could sit and watch.  Ya, well, I'm not there yet.  I do however live in a townhouse with a small yard that I can put a few things up to attract some fauna.
I put my hummingbird feeder up a little early (I usually put it up in June) and was surprised with visitors sooner than I thought.  I get ruby throats only as far as I can tell, and I see about 4 or 5 females and only 1 male during the summer.  (There may be more than 1 male but I never see more than 1 at a time)
This was taken a couple days ago.  I've already seen 3 females at a time fighting over the feeder.  For such small sweet little birds I didn't realize they could be so territorial.  What's awesome about them is they don't mind me standing right next to the feeder.  They will still come up with me standing about 2 feet away.  I'm still working on getting them to land on my finger.

I also have a dish with bird food.  I get a few different types of birds.  Here's a mourning dove and a female cardinal.  And yes, that's Cat watching.  She sits at the back door and does this sort of chirping chatter.  Not chirping like a bird but more like a cricket.  It's very hard to explain, I might have to try to get her doing it on camera.

Here's a red winged blackbird.  We had them in Florida all over, but this is the 1st one I've seen in the 10+ years I've been living here.

Here's another dove and the male cardinal.  There's a lot of doves.  During winter I probably saw at least a dozen at a time.  And boy do they fight.  And they're messy!  They use their beaks to throw the seed all over the place to find what they want.  Very unruly...

This is Fred and Ethel, my house finches.  They have their nest on a ledge on my front porch.  Looking forward to following their offspring this year.  I'm going to try to get some pictures this year when the chicks hatch.

And last but not least, Bubba the green anole.  He likes to perch himself on the dead peach tree and survey his kingdom.  Every now and then he and Calli like to face off.  Yes, you read that right, face off.  Twice now I've left Calli outside for a bit and came around to see her in a play bow woofing and growling like she's playing with another dog.  Well it was Bubba holding his own and even charging Calli.  I would have gotten my camera but I'm not sure if Calli was going to realize she was being bullied by a 4oz reptile.  So I went out, scooped Bubba up and put him in his tree.  Surprisingly he doesn't struggle.  He just kind of looks at me and cocks his head as if saying - I was handling that, you know.

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