Drab or Dashing?

The Grey Catbird is an occasional visitor to my backyard.

Like his Mockingbird cousin, he is a mimic with a hearty collection of calls, the most common being the mew-like sound of a cat from whence he gets his name.

This bird has an appetite for insects, berries, and of course…Bark Butter.

Though some might consider this monochrome mimic rather drab, he does have a dash of rusty red feathers tucked beneath his tail.

Personally, I’d say this fellow with the fancy fanny is actually quite dashing!

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A Welcome Weekend Warbler

A Hooded Warbler, who is not a common visitor to my backyard, showed up over the weekend.

While this fellow was a delight to look at, he was difficult to photograph!  Flighty and flitty, he stayed at the edge of the yard, hopping in and out of the woodpile in search of insects.

While I never could get close enough (or get him to come out in the open and sit still long enough!) to get a clear picture, I still enjoyed just watching this beautiful little bird.
It’s always fun to have a new guest!

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A Butterfly of Subtle Beauty

Unlike the Tiger Swallowtail…

…or the Gulf Fritillary…

…both of which are bold and striking…

…the Long-tailed Skipper is a butterfly of subtle beauty.

Doesn’t he look lovely against the pastel petals of this gladiola?

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Not Just A Butterfly Bush

The purple-blossomed beauty that lures Swallowtails and Fritillaries to the front yard is not just a butterfly bush…

…it’s also a hot-spot for the Hummingbirds!

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The Fine Art of Peanut Packing

One of the young Jays that frequents the backyard feeders has been learning the fine art of peanut packing!

He used to show up, quickly grab a single peanut, and then fly off to eat it elsewhere, but now he is sticking around and adding one nut after another.

He doesn’t quit adding peanuts until his beak is filled to the rim, and then I’m not quite sure he knows what to do with them.

I truly think he might have bitten off more than he can chew!

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Another Zinnia Lover

So…turns out I’m not the only Zinnia lover around!

This glorious male goldfinch (and a handful of his friends) have taken quite a liking to our colorful front yard flowers. So much beauty!

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A Wonderful Water-full Weekend

What makes a wonderful weekend?
Well, if you ask Tucker, it’s any weekend that involves water…and since this weekend included not one, but two river romps…well…he was one happy labramutt!

Usually, when we take him to the river or to the lake, all of my pictures are of him with a fluorescent  fetch stick dangling from his mouth, so this time I tried to position myself to snap some shots where he was running toward me, en-route to retrieve his toy.

I had to laugh when I downloaded the pictures, because instead of the glowing green wand, his flopping tongue was prominent in all the pictures!

The water starts off such a lovely grayish-green, but this fellow can churn up some mud in a heartbeat.
Still, when I watch him racing and splashing, he exudes such pure joy that I can’t help but feel the same.

By the end of each trip he was a scruffy, sloppy, muddy, drippy, but oh so happy mess!

Yep, if you were to ask, I’m pretty sure Tucker would tell you he had a wonderful, water-full weekend!

Life really is more fun with a Lab!

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