Heat and more heat

If you can, put out a water bowl for neighborhood animals. With temperatures expected in the hundreds for the rest of the week here in Kansas, everyone needs to stay hydrated. I’ve even been hearing about many hawks and owls around the area visiting sprinklers and bird baths to keep cool.

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Bald cardinals

You may have seen some bald birds around your yard this summer. Not to worry; it seems to be a summer thing for quite a few birds. The first time I saw a bald Northern cardinal in our yard, I was very worried about her, but according to Cornell, this may be quite normal, and nothing to worry about. I have to wonder if the bald cardinals I’ve been seeing around the yard for the last couple of weeks are much cooler without those head feathers. First the female nesting in our yard showed up completely bald and now the male has too. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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She has all her feathers back now. 🙂

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And, they have a new nest.

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Cardinal closeup

This is the momma cardinal of the pair nesting in our yard. She keeps an eye on me whenever I am wandering around outside. I was looking at some plants, looked up, and she was right over my head. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Yellow-bellied sapsucker and other backyard visitors

Now that we have the feeders up, our list of backyard visitors is incredible. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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The young ones

While the heat has made everyone a bit scarce these days, there are still quite a few young ones out in the morning, following their parents around, and taking advantage of the cooler temperatures (if one can call 80 cool!). Click on pictures to enlarge.

 

Starlings

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Robin

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Northern Cardinal

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Gray Catbird

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Rain, sleet, and snow

While it hasn’t started snowing yet, the rain and sleet have arrived. I went out to the yard to take a few pictures and noticed little bits of green poking out. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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