Bees, hummers, and orioles

I imagine many of you are wondering where all the hummer photos are. The bees have been very busy at both the hummer and oriole feeders over the last few weeks, so I have been avoiding sitting nearby. For whatever reason, and it may have something to do with preparing for fall, the bees pretty much leave the feeders alone all summer, and then do some serious eating in August. The orioles, hummers, and bees seem to coexist pretty well and everyone eats eventually. I put out a small test-tube feeder every morning that the bees drink from, so that helps. Click on pictures to enlarge.

RT Hummingbird

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RT Hummingbird

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RT Hummingbird and bee

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Baltimore Oriole

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Baltimore Orioles

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Robins and Winter

Robins seem to be everywhere right now. They are kind of nomadic in the winter, going where the food is, and leaving when it is gone. I think some have been caught in the weather swings we have been having here in northeast Kansas lately. This has been a pretty cold week and we have freezing rain on the way, so they may have some difficulty over the next few days. I am loaded up with raisins for the robins who are still around the neighborhood tomorrow. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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On February 6, there was snow on the ground and I was handing our raisins.

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On February 8, it was warm enough to find earthworms. That’s Kansas!

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Blending In

I always wondered why male cardinals do not molt in the fall. It seems like that bright red would make one quite the target in the winter snow. This guy seems to be blending in pretty well. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Badger in the way of SLT’s progress

This is what progress looks like at the Wakarusa Wetlands. It is not just for the “public’s protection” that one cannot get close to many of the construction areas of the SLT (they have roads blocked way beyond the distance they need); it is important to those involved to keep images like these hidden.

On a personal note, if this all wasn’t heartbreaking enough, this is my first encounter with a Kansas badger. I knew they lived in Kansas, but I had never seen one during my wanderings before yesterday.

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