It's time for Wildlife Wednesday hosted by Tina at My Gardener Says..... on the first Wednesday of each month. November is for the birds.
Oh when the red, red Robin comes bob-bob-bobbin' along....
A flock of Robins flew in with the first cold front in September looking very tired and bedraggled by what was apparently a fast journey southward. They were the thirstiest birds we've seen in a while and stayed for about six weeks. As their condition improved they moved away from the house to roost in the trees by the creek. We kept the water dishes full and they recuperated before taking off for their winter homes. While many Robins do remain in colder climates this flock apparently prefers to be snow birds and head south for the winter.
This hanging basket of Portulaca suddenly began looking quite tatty so I staked out the scene and discovered a pair of Lesser Finches had developed a taste for the vegetation.
Yes, I see you!
Caught in the act!
So much for my idea of seeing a pretty basket of bright orange blooms from the kitchen. The plant was decimated by the end of October and I filled the basket with cold hardy succulents for winter. I'll consider planting Portulaca again since it's fun to attract birds with something other than birdseed whenever possible.
This month's deer photo is from June when we had about three inches of rain. The deer often turn up after the rain to play in the creek and we've had another three inches of welcomed rain overnight so we expect to see a similar scene in the next few days.
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