Animals

Quince Blossoms and Hummingbirds

Japonica blossom
Japonica blossom

One of the sights that brings me a lot of joy is when a hummingbird visits our flowers. We used to put out feeders for them, but stopped a few years ago. Instead we have a fair amount of early Spring flowers that seem to have the same attraction, including two large and prolific japonica (quince) bushes. Although I read that these sweet little birds prefer a flower with a trumpet shape, they don’t seem to mind any of the shapes we have, whether from these blossoms or the frilly skirted fuchsias we have in hanging baskets. About a week ago I looked out of the kitchen window and I was rewarded with my first sighting of a hummingbird drinking nectar from these. The sight of them never fails to give me a thrill. For a special treat today we get 2 closeups of these little birds, in the photographs below. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. A flower a Day #253 

This little chap is about to take off from being rescued by Steven from being caught in a spider’s web! Which reminded me of the saying… A bird in the hand….

About to Take Off
Rescued and about to Take Off from Steven’s hand

Is worth 2 in the bush! (Photo below taken by Steven Kennard)

Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird by Steven Kennard

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Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

Some birds are more ungainly than beautiful, like this pileated woodpecker who is certainly striking (literally and metaphorically). It was demolishing my bird pie the other day, when normally it will be destroying the trunks of half dead trees, looking for insects and other delicious edibles. Below you see one doing just that. Their beaks may be designed to be bashed into trees, but the tip of the beak on this bird looks as if it is rather the worse for wear compared to the one below. I wonder what caused the damage.

Pileated Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker

And here you can see the results of steady assault by these voracious birds.

Pileated tree
Pileated tree

Spirea Japonica

Spirea Japonica
Spirea Japonica

Our neighbourhood holds so many hidden delights. This lovely Spirea was hiding behind a rose bush across the road from me (next to the marshmallow). As I was photographing it for A Flower a Day, a tiny visitor climbed over the top of one of the flower heads and went about her business. She seemed to be totally unaware that her colour should have clashed with the pink. But in the end I didn’t mind either. It was so lovely just to see a hint of normality going on in the natural world. I hope this helps to cheer your day, my friends. Clicking on the image below will take you to the Tiny Wildlife Gallery where there are many such little delights if you have time to take a look.

Spirea Japonica with ladybird
Spirea Japonica with ladybird

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Jennie’s Cat

Domestic Cat - Ellie Kennard 2016
Domestic Cat – Ellie Kennard 2016

A theme today is “Domestic Cat”. Is any cat ever, really domestic? Almost certainly not, though they might pretend they are, at least while it works to their advantage. The domesticity is rather on the side of the family members they command …

Because everyone needs a photo of a cat now and again in their email or browser, here is “Domestic Cat”. Happy Thursday!