Backyard Birds of East Texas

October 4, 2015

I love to be outdoors but, I admit, I’m a fair-weather outdoors-girl.  As I was in east Texas, on Houston County Lake, over Labor Day, the temps were close to 100.  Looking outside I could see a gentle breeze that kept enticing me out.  Any who have spent a summer in Texas know what happens as soon as you go outside.  I began to sweat and couldn’t even find relief from the heat in the shade or the breeze.  But I wanted to get some pix of the backyard birds so I pulled up a chair and tried not to exert any energy.  :-)

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

I’m actually not sure if the above photo is of a red-headed or red-bellied woodpecker but I couldn’t see his belly.



My Dad says his mother used to call the goldfinch “salad” birds.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

The Downy woodpecker is such a cute little bird.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

The Easter Bluebird is pretty common; especially if you put up a nesting box for them.

bird identification request

What kind of woodpecker or sapsucker is this?

I’m not sure what kind of woodpecker is in the above photo.  It could be a young gold-fronted woodpecker from photos I’ve seen.

As I came back in the house, where my parents stayed, my Dad asked me what I was doing out there.  I told him I was taking photos.  He told me I should have gotten some good pix of the birds who came to see the crazy person sitting outside in the Texas heat because they never see that.  :-)

Listening to General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Bear Gets Low-Hanging Fruit

September 30, 2015

This black bear is big enough to reach the low-hanging apples.  Well, relatively low.  I picked what I could with a 5′ ladder.

black bear looking for apples

Black Bear looking for apples

Watch this video to see him stand.  Maybe I’ll give him a sign to wear that says, “Will dance for apples.”

There is another pile of scat in our driveway that looks way different from the others.  See the two kinds below:

Bear scat indicates a high-fruit diet - mainly apples and berries

Bear scat indicates a high-fruit diet – mainly apples and berries

Bear scat - not so much fruit

Bear scat – not so much fruit

Can a bear’s diet change that fast?  These were left 2 days apart.  Maybe there’s another bear around who is eating something different?


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