Hence The Name


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.


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!


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.


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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