Backyard Friends 2020

I thought it was high time to share some of my son’s photographs of our backyard wildlife.  Alas, our resident foxes must have moved because we rarely see them anymore.  We have experienced an uptick in snakes–even copperheads–but we haven’t caught those scary creatures on film yet.  However, we can always count on the neighborhood deer to appear for a photo shoot.  Deer have had a field-day with our garden this year.  The results are that we’ve only had a few cucumbers so far and less than one dinner’s worth of string beans.  It was luck that we got to taste any beans at all.  We can only dream of last year’s harvest, depicted below.

Since that one meager harvest at the beginning of the season, the deer have munched on any leaves that begin to emerge from the string bean plants.  Flowers?  Hostas?  All eaten.  Our neighbors, on the other hand, seem to be faring OK.  Looks like our yard is the deer’s equivalent to our summer swim team’s weekly Sunday-Night Dinner get togethers under the stars.

As destructive as they are, they sure are cute.

This photo is from last year, but I never posted it.  No coneflowers to be had this year due to the deer; therefore, we have no new cute butterfly pictures.

Below is a great shot of the butterfly about to dig into the flower.

In the springtime, when our Redbud tree was in bloom, my son caught this inquisitive Blue Jay hanging out in the tree.

This sparrow that is about to drink or take a dip in the bird bath is shot at my parents’ house.

At the bird feeder at my parents’ house, this handsome bird appeared, but I cannot seem to identify it.

Below is one of my personal favorites, the woodpecker.  This appears to be the “Downy Woodpecker.”

Here is another cutie pie at the bird feeder.

Back at our house (early spring), a female cardinal is perched high up in a tree carefully observing her surroundings.  Mr. Cardinal is most likely somewhere nearby as well.

I still haven’t figured out what type of bird this one is, but I’m thinking that it is a wood swallow.

And now we get to the biggest find of all – an OWL!!!!  This Barred owl was attracted to our Redbud tree just like the Blue Jay.  The owl came out in all its glory during the day giving us a chance to marvel at its beauty.  Our Redbud sits just a few yards away from our house.  It caught our eye while we ate lunch.  The owl rested on this branch long enough for my son to sneak out of the house and snap some shots.

Suffice it to say, this is an incredibly handsome bird.  When it flew off, witnessing the power of its wings was a special sight to see!  Barred owls roost during the day and hunt during the night, but they are apparently a type of owl that humans most often get to see during the day.

Another incredible bird – the hawk.  This is one of the smaller hawks we’ve seen in the neighborhood.

Another gem is the Eastern Box Turtle.  We seem to spot one per year.

This one quickly crossed the lawn to reach the shade.

Below is a Giant Leopard Moth.  It sat on this boxwood for a couple of hours.  What a sight to see!

Here is a different hawk.  It walked along a pathway that is under our Redbud tree.  It was trying to hide from view, though it managed just to hide its head.

Still trying to hide!

The American Goldfinch below came very close to the house, taking advantage of our blooming Queen Anne’s Lace.

The luckiest shot this season was this photo of a sweet baby bird that found itself outside its nest.  We were able to come pretty close to the bird in order to take this picture.  The bird didn’t flinch.

Another view.

And that’s all for now.

Hope you enjoyed the slideshow!

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  1. The photos are simply stunning as well as inspiring! Enjoyed viewing them over and over again – love nature and wildlife. Impressive visitors right in your back yard, it cannot get any better! Compliments to the photographer! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks for your compliments to the photographer. We still hope that the foxes will return – maybe next Fall. But the owl was still a treat that’s hard to beat.

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