Hence The Name

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird

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Hangry Bird

Did you ever see those Snickers commercials, the ones with the lines – “Eat a Snickers.  You’re just not yourself when you’re hungry!”?

Well, that’s what I thought of when this Red-bellied Woodpecker landed on the Bark Butter Branch and proceeded to let all around him know that he would be dining alone this day.

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Once the message was sent, he unruffled his feathers and settled down a bit.

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Good to know I’m not the only one who gets a bit “hangry” at times!

 

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Not Too Hot For Stripes And Spots

When the temperature lingers in the 90’s, the bird activity sometimes hits a bit of a lull;  but the butterflies, who love the warmer weather, have been out in abundance.  Here are several that my daughter and I saw while we were walking about Smith Gilbert Gardens yesterday.

Some were common visitors to our own yard, like this Gulf Fritillary…

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…and this Tiger Swallowtail.

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Others I wish were common visitors, like this Zebra butterfly…

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…and this Giant Swallowtail and Black Swallowtail, both of whom are a bit frayed about the edges.

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Ah, so much beauty.  And although the birds may be a little less active on these scorching summer days, it’s clearly not too hot for stripes and spots!

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French Fry Flowers

My daughter and I went out to search for butterflies today and came across these cool flowers.  I have no idea what they are called, so I am dubbing them “French Fry Flowers”!

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Lighthearted Limericks – Red-headed Woodpecker

It seemed about time for another lighthearted limerick, and since this fellow keeps showing up and flirting for his food, I thought I’d let him be the star.

The bird with the red velvet head
Comes to call when he wants to be fed

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But don’t label it rude
That he charms me for food

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It’s simply the way he was bred!

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In all honesty, he keeps coming for the food but I put out the food so he will keep coming! It’s a win win!

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Long-tailed Skipper

I’m used to seeing Fiery Skippers and Silver-spotted Skippers darting and dipping about in the front yard, but today was the first time I saw a Long-tailed Skipper sipping nectar from the Zinnias.

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Doesn’t take much to figure out where it gets its name from, eh?

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This butterfly is not bright or flashy, but I found it to be a soft and gentle sort of lovely.

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A Pileated Pop-over

I went outside to fill the feeders yesterday afternoon and heard the unmistakable Woody Woodpecker call of a Pileated Woodpecker;  a moment later, this fellow flew overhead and landed on a neighbor’s pine tree.

I didn’t have time to count to two Mississippi before he had flown away, but I did manage to fire off a quick shot with the camera.

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Isn’t he odd looking in the most glorious of ways!

And who knows…maybe one day he will land on the deck and pause to pose for more than a moment!  Hey, a girl can dream, right?

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