Sunday, June 30, 2013

I Really Do Like These Guys

A Black Vulture and a Turkey Vulture sit in the old dead tree near the pond.
Actually, it's 3 Turkey Vultures and 1 Black Vulture.
The 3 Turkey Vultures decided to spread their wings and catch some sun.

 I think the Black Vulture just felt it was best to hunker down and wait for the feather flourish to pass.

 And then they just settled back down to business as usual.

Yup, these birds are cool.

Linking to The Bird D'Pot

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tree Varmints

A storm cracked a limb on the bird feeder tree.
The squirrels took full advantage of the easy access to the seed feeder.

 Until I hacked away the broken limb and took away their ladder.
Oh, well...

Friday, June 28, 2013

Teal Reflections

Earlier this spring, a Green-Winged Teal drake swam around the pond, showing off his colors.

As he swam to a farther side of the pond, the light shifted, and while it took the glimmer from his crown, I thought it gave the colors and reflections in the pond a chance to shine.



Thursday, June 27, 2013

Some Random Ruralty

Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but these were taken last August! :)

Linking to Friday's Fences

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Whistlers on Wednesday 30

Time to tell a whistler story.

 They love this old birdbath turned platform feeder.
 They can't help but perch on it.

However, when they're all on one side, the bowl tips...
and it ends up flipped on the ground.

 And they act so pitiful, that I'll eventually go put it back on the pedestal and refill it with seed.

One day I noticed they had dumped it, again. About a half hour later, I went outside to replace the bowl and noticed it had cracked. I knew it was bound to happen one of these times as it was certainly showing wear and tear. As I reached down to pick it up, I noticed a feather sticking out from underneath. As I turned over the birdbath bowl, a whistling duck popped up from underneath and flew off, completely unharmed! No, I did not get a photo of it - just the bowl after I turned it over.
I felt terrible that it had been squeezed under there for at least a half an hour or more. Needless to say, no more birdbath bowl. I rigged up a non-tipping topper out of a plastic flower pot tray screwed onto a plastic coffee canister.
 It may not look pretty, but it definitely won't tip off!

 And the whistlers are much more hesitant to perch on it now.

 Well, there's one in every crowd...

I've got a glut of photos with the old birdbath feeder so you'll still be seeing it now and then.
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