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Backyard Birds of East Texas

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-bellied Woodpecker

I thought the above photo was of a red-headed woodpecker but I got some help with the bird identification from nature@twpd.texas.gov.

Goldfinch
Goldfinch

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
Female Red-bellied Woodpecker

Again, nature@twpd.texas.gov helped me out to identify the bird in the above photo.  It is a female Red-bellied woodpecker.  The Yellow-fronted woodpeckers aren’t found in this part of Texas.

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.

Pileated Woodpecker and Roosevelt Elk

I didn’t know that woodpeckers ate apples?

Pileated Woodpecker In Apple Tree
Pileated Woodpecker In Apple Tree

Between the birds, deer, raccoons and even bear, the competition is high for our apples.

We saw 2 other species of woodpeckers besides this Pileated while we were harvesting this day.

Apple Cider
Apple Cider

We got busy!  I love either hot apple cider or very cold over vanilla ice cream.  Ever tried an apple cider float?

Roosevelt Elk
Roosevelt Elk

Roosevelt Elk are one thing we haven’t seen in our yard eating our apples.

Aren’t their coats pretty this time of year?!

That light-colored bump on the top of the cow’s head is actually an elk on the hill behind her.