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Red-bellied Woodpecker

It was a bit hard to get a really good shot of this Woodpecker, he was very flighty and fast. 

Here is some information on the Red-bellied Woodpecker

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Hanging by a Nail

Squirrels are strong creatures.  This common Eastern Gray Squirrel is hanging upside down on my bird feeder only by his/her toe.

 

I was able to sit approximately 8 feet from them just watch  squirrels climbing up and down the feeder.   They are fascinating and at times annoying creatures.

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Framed by Nature

I was once again snapping some pics of birds on the feeder when I noticed something moving in the trees.

I looked up I see this beauty….

…she was just browsing in the trees.

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The Approach

As a summer storm made its approach you could see the contrast in the sky. Half of it was still sunny and bright and the other half was dark and raging.

In my area it rained for about 30 minutes which was enough time for about 800 homes and businesses in the next town to lose power for a little over 2 hours.

All power has been restored and the humidity levels have drastically dropped.

Fingers crossed that the humidity levels will not return right away.

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A Little DIY Project

On Pinterest I saw a lot of DIY birdbath ideas that looked fairly simple to make. So this evening I decided to make one.

My goal was to take photos of each step but once you are in a flow you sometimes forget to pause to take a pic of the progress.

What I used:

  • 4 plastic flower pots
  • PVC pipe about 2 1/2 feet (left from a past project).
  • Metal serving tray
  • Spray paint (left from a past project)
  • Gorilla glue
  • Gravel & a few stone for a fish tank

I think if you bought all the items you would spend approximately $20.00/$25.00. The gravel and stone choices will vary the price a bit.

I spent a total of $11.00 for this project. Most of the stuff I already had left over from other projects.

I drilled a 1 inch hole in the bottom of the pots then I painted them.

While I waited for them to dry I put the PVC in the ground about 6 inches.

Now that the pots have dried I put them over the PVC and glued them together.

Once I was satisfied with that, I put the serving tray on top and glued to the top of the flower pot.

Now it is time to add the gravel, stone, and water.

Tomorrow I will add some touchup paint to cover where the glue dripped and take a picture from the top so you can see the gravel and stone I used.

I will be putting mulch and edging around it to make it stand out a bit more.

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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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Next Project

Since June 15th I have been working on another project, a deck with a trellis on top.

I completed the deck over the first weekend but was trying to find someone, at a reasonable price, to dig the holes and put in the post.  the average price that I received was $250.00.  I was not gonna pay that for 8 post (also need 4 for a fence).

So after trying to get my nephews to help out I decided to try and tackle it myself.  I DID IT.  It was not as hard as I thought it would be.

Due to cost of the wood I am not able to put up the trellis at this time.  Instead I ordered a shade sail from Amazon that was suppose to be delivered today.

In all the years that I have ordered from Amazon this is the first time that I did not get my order by their stated date.  I will post a picture once the shade sail finally gets here.

Thought for today:  Conquer what intimidates you.

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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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Yellow

My watermelon plants have started to bloom with bright yellow flowers. There are 3 plants in this bed.

 

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The Works

As you know, yesterday was July 4th, Independence Day here in the USA.  Most people go to or host a Barbecue, go to a parade or both.  I went to a barbecue and after all the good food had a chance to settle (you always over eat at BBQ’s) it was fireworks time.

Here are a few of my attempts to capture the awesome fireworks display.  Some of them I held the shutter open to long, others not long enough, and some were just right.

Here are some of the better ones.

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