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$15.00 Chicks

Pope’s Garden not only has baby Wren birds they have baby turkeys too. These chicks, Royal Palm Turkeys, were born on June 15 and are selling for $15.00 per chick.

Momma Turkey kept moving so that she stayed between me and the chicks.

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Eyes Wide Shut

Today I went to a local nursery called Pope’s Garden. My goal was to get some pictures of flowers for my Flower of the Day post.

I pictured of some great flowers that I hope to add to my collection soon.

A great surprise was waiting for me…4 BABY BIRDS and one unhatched egg.

They must have recently hatched as their eyes were just these big black spots on sort tiny fragile bodies.

Their bodies are laying on top of each other’s so it’s a little hard to see the 4th one.

The owner of Pope’s Garden says that they are baby Wrens.

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Patches

This beast of a pig belongs to a neighbor who also has another potbellied pig, 2 ducks, 2 huge dogs and a few chickens.

When I titled this post Patches it reminded me of a song by Clarence Carter that I have not heard in many years. The song is also titled Patches. Check it out on YouTube.

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Tufted Titmouse

Here is an excerpt from All About Birds

A little gray bird with an echoing voice, the Tufted Titmouse is common in eastern deciduous forests and a frequent visitor to feeders. The large black eyes, small, round bill, and brushy crest gives these birds a quiet but eager expression that matches the way they flit through canopies, hang from twig-ends, and drop in to bird feeders. When a titmouse finds a large seed, you’ll see it carry the prize to a perch and crack it with sharp whacks of its stout bill.

 

 

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My Little Gray Catbird

The Gray Catbird visits my home regularly. For the most part he was more cooperative being photographed then the Cardinal.

Until he decided that he had enough and hid in a bush looking at me. But I was still able to capture him.

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Feed Them and They Shall Come

I have had 2 Hummingbird feeders filled with the store bought nectar for quite a while now hanging from trees and they never came.  I don’t know if it was the nectar or the location.

After watching a couple of videos I decided to make my own basic nectar and to move the feeders.

The nectar is a 1 to 4 ratio (some sites give a different ratio). Add 1 cup of sugar for every 4 cups of water.  Mix together well in a pot and boil.   Make sure you stir well.  Let cool then pour into feeder.

Now you wait…..

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By the next morning there were Hummingbirds! By the time I got my camera ready they were gone.

Once I came home from work and after messing in the garden for a few minutes I sat and waited for them to return.

I did not have to wait long….

I believe the red one is a male Ruby-throated Hummingbird  and the less colorful one is the female Red-throated Hummingbird.

Why are males always more colorful in nature?

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2 of 4

I finally captured a picture of 2 of the young groundhogs. There is still another young one and their mother.

The saga continues and I am sure they are playing with full bellies from my vegetables. I have faith that I will prevail in the end.

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Lurking Turkey

My garden needed some upgrades, a much higher gate and a much higher fence. Over the weekend a friend and I fixed the situation. Next is to paint it and get some stone to keep the door looking nice not so muddy.

It seems like we fixed the fence and gate just in time to keep a lurking Turkey out of the garden… at least for now.

Arai noticed the Turkey hanging just behind the new fencing. It appears that she was sizing it up.

I am glad that she decided to move on. Once she realizes she can easily fly into it game over for my little garden.

On my post from yesterday, I mentioned how I have not cut the grass by the garden since last summer. You can see just how wild the grass and bushes have gotten.

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Mystery Solved

Steven Baird from Ordinary Handsome sent me a link that identified what my Bee or Humming Bee actually was.  It is a Hummingbird Moth.

 

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Longing

Greyson is looking through the screen at me. If he could talk I am sure he is begging me to bring him outside to feel the sun on his fur.

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