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Celebrating backyard birds

Sitting in the backyard is so much better than television! Click on pictures to enlarge.

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And, don’t forget the mammals.

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A few yardbirds

Adults are starting to bring their babies around and I am loving watching the robins stuff as many raisins in their mouths as they can to distribute among the young ones. I was thinking this morning that perhaps one of the reasons few people really experience the birds around them is it takes a lot of time before birds become comfortable enough with a human to get close. I have robins coming up to me on the patio for raisins, but that did not happen overnight (I started handing out raisins during our awful extended winter). They are leery of humans, as they should be. Generally, when I sit outside to watch, I need to be in my “sit spot” for about an hour before they get comfortable enough with my presence to hangout nearby. I realize my own privilege in being able to make time to do this. Time outside being still and quiet, watching everything, is immensely good for my soul. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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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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Brush-pile benefits

If there is a fortunate side effect to all of the tree trimming going on in the neighborhood these days, it is the addition to our backyard brush pile. I asked the tree service to leave all the smaller limbs. With so much habitat loss in the neighborhood, the drought, and no acorns, it seems particularly crucial to give the neighborhood wildlife at least a little extra protection. This morning, the mourning doves let me know the safe space is most appreciated. Click on picture 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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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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Dove nest, part 2

The mourning doves in our neighbor’s tree are nesting in exactly the same place. The two little ones fledged around July 9 and the couple went right to work on starting another batch.  They are a dedicated couple! I look forward to seeing more little ones. I’ve never seen them nest again in exactly the same spot. They must really like this tree. 🙂 Click on picture to enlarge.

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Mourning dove family

This beautiful family is nesting in our neighbor’s backyard. The kids are finally big enough that one of the parents isn’t always on the nest. They sit in a nearby tree where they can see the nest clearly. They are the cutest! Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Mourning dove nest prep

In between storms today, the mourning doves have been preparing their nest. I hope they can get a lot done before the next round of storms roles in. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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Doves in love

I was sitting at my desk this morning when I heard a lot of cooing going on outside. The romance going on in the tree outside my office window was so sweet it made me teary. Click on pictures to enlarge.

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