Monday, July 15, 2019

Something different

This was a first, resident squirrel marking territory.
Then he ran up tree and ate bark.
There are still mulberries up in the tree.
Too hot to work hard

Saturday, July 13, 2019

In and around the fountain

Colors and texture, sunning by the blossoms
Back to the fountain, adult male robin
Young cautious robin

Sassy starling
Mama sparrow, food for child
The hungry baby
I love the colors of this sparrow. Male house sparrow with a touch of ?????

Friday, July 12, 2019

Watching water behavior

Stinky hot and thick outside. Mrs. Cardinal wants to bathe. Checking the area for safety fist.
Male Finch also checking safety, but didn't stop to bathe or drink.
Sensible dove stopped to drink, not bathe.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

The berry kids

Mulberries are dropping like rain drops, food for nestlings and parents.
These babies are particially self sufficicnt.
The doves eat the mulberry seeds

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The young and the survivors

Young robin checking tree bark for food
Twigs not edible.
A new dove nest under construction
Mulberry seeds being devoured
This is the stepping stone dove. I watched it all morning. Sadly it went to bird heaven   between 2-4 p.m.  Cause of death hard to tell. It had shifted position all during the morning, but behavior lethargic and flies and one beetle on its body, sure sign of impeding demise. Body disposed of while a couple of children watched. Not morbid or disgusting. Usual questions. "Why did it die?"  "Where does it go now?" "Are there more doves?" "Can I touch it?"  I brought lots of plastic gloves for training how to dispose of dead birds.  The children's fascination lasted about 5 minutes. Poor dove was stiff as a board.