Dragonfly Gymnastics

I am used to dragonflies being right-side-up and horizontal…

…but this guy insisted on being upside-down and vertical!

I have to confess, I found his dragonfly gymnastics rather entertaining.

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Glad I’m Not The Only One

Glad I’m not the only one who sometimes bites off more than they can chew!

Tufted Titmouse

Red-bellied Woodpecker (female)

Blue Jay

Hope you have a bountiful Sunday!

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Other Things With Wings

My backyard is clearly a hit with the birds, but my  flower-filled front yard is a hot spot for other things with wings – like this Black Swallowtail that was flitting about the other day.

He was one of those incessant wing flappers, so getting an unblurry picture was a a bit of a challenge.

While I waited for him to land and be still for a second (or even a half second!) a handful of other butterflies fluttered by, one of which was a dark morph version of a Tiger Swallowtail  – a butterfly that sometimes gets confused with the Black Swallowtail.

A yellow Tiger Swallowtail also made an appearance…

as did an Unclouded Sulphur…

a Silver Spotted Skipper…

and the elegantly peculiar Gulf Fritillary.

The beauty of butterflies is one of my favorite things about summer.



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The Usual Order of Events

Much to my delight, the Red-headed Woodpecker that returned in the spring has continued to show up during the summer months.  I have to confess, he is a pretty predictable fellow.

His usual order of events is to first swoop in and survey the surroundings.

Then, once he has determined that the coast is clear (or at least that no bigger beaks are lurking about) he hops over to the Bark Butter.

Rather than immediately munching, he then gives another glance around, and usually a bit of a threatening glare just to be on the safe side.

Finally, he scoops up a glob of suety goodness and flies off to enjoy it at a more secluded location.

Despite the wee bit of molting that you can see on his head feathers, this guy is still the most stunning bird in the backyard.

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How ‘Bout Them Birds

I have fond memories of going to the ballpark when I was growing up, watching the Baltimore Orioles play at Memorial Stadium.  Double-headers were the best; which in those days meant two games for the price of one.  We would devour footlong hotdogs (our version of fine dining!) while loudly cheering for the hometeam and boisterously booing the umps.  When it came time for the 7th inning stretch we all sang along (really, twang along!) to “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” never missing a single word.  Over the course of the games the voices of vendors rang through the air – “Cold beer! Ice cold beer! and “Peanuts!  Get your peanuts!” And when the game was done and the O’s had won, we would smile and say, “How ’bout them Birds!”

Sometimes, as I am filling the feeders in my backyard I am tempted to use my best vendor voice and call out, “Peanuts!  Get your Peanuts!”  But my backyard birds have no need of an announcement; peanuts are always a favorite offering and they need no enticing to partake of them.

Some choose to eat from the trays on the deck rail..

Brown Thrasher

American Robin

Blue Jay

…while others prefer to pluck peanuts from the hanging feeder.

Red-headed Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

As I watch them devouring the fare (their version of fine dining!) I smile and say, “How bout them birds!”


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A Good, Good Father

One of my favorite contemporary worship songs is called, “You’re a Good, Good Father” – the chorus of which usually leaves me a bit misty-eyed.

Well, that’s the title that came to mind as I watched this male Red-bellied Woodpecker who stopped in the other day.

As he loaded up his beak at the Bark Butter branch, I heard the tell-tale squeaky squawking of a nearby youngster.  Sure enough, a few seconds later he was joined by junior.  Dad fed the little guy a healthy heap of food…

…and then patiently repeated the process several more times.

There’s something delightful and somewhat comical about watching a baby bird be fed.
And this fellow was definitely a good, good father!

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Red Top Romp

We took Tucker to Red Top Mountain over the weekend.  This state park is only about 25 minutes from our house and offers several wooded trails with access to Lake Allatoona.  It is fast becoming one of Tucker’s favorite romping grounds.

For this outing we chose the White Tail trail, which leads to a portion of shoreline that is the perfect place for a refreshing game of stick fetching.

I’m not sure why, but a rather crazed expression tends to accompany this game.

Every once in awhile Tucker would pause to catch his breath (puppies do tire easily!) and then go right back to the romping.

When the fetching was finished, we continued on until the trail ended at a beautiful collection of boulders that overlook the lake.  Mr. T was delighted to show off his new-found rock climbing skills.  I guess we can now call him a boulder climbing beast!

One of the benefits of having a fifty pound puppy is that hubby and I (I guess you can call him a boulder climbing beast too!)  are getting a good bit of exercise.

And a good time was had by all. 🙂




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