Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Hummingbirds, July 27, 2016

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, July 12, 2015
Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, Archilochus colubris, are the most commonly seen Hummingbirds in the eastern United States. These tiny birds, only 3 1/2 inches (9 cm) long, migrate south to Mexico in the Winter, many of them making a 20 hour flight across the Gulf of Mexico.

The male (on the right) flashes his brilliant red throat feathers to warn other males away. The female's throat feathers are an off-white color. They eat tiny insects and sip nectar from flowers. They are attracted to red, tubular flowers and will come to Hummingbird feeders such as these on my front porch (filled with a 4 to 1 boiling water to sugar mixture. Cool before filling feeders).

It is not necessary for feeders to have perches. Hummingbirds are experts at hovering, and can even fly backward. Usually they come to us early in April and leave by the first of October.

Have a Happy Day!

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Wildflower, July 25, 2016

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, July 22, 2016
Hope you have a beautiful week!

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Barn Collective, July 24, 2016

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, July 22, 2016
Almost gone. Yes, the tree is growing inside the silo.

Have a Blessed Day!

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Critters, July 23, 2016

Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, July 12, 2016
We are having very hot weather - mid to upper 90s F (over 35 C). I think these turtles are enjoying the Summer weather much more than I am!

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, July 11, 2016
Doesn't this Great Blue Heron look happy with its catch?

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Swallowtail, July 22, 2016


Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 28, 2016
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, Papilio glaucus, on Butterfly Bush, Buddleia

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ringed Turtle-Dove, July 20, 2016

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA
Ringed Turtle-Doves, Streptopelia risoria, may be found in city parks and suburban areas in the southern United States. They are closely related to the Collared Doves of Europe and Asia. They have been kept as caged pets for so long that they have lost many of their survival skills. Those that escape captivity (or are released by their owners) depend heavily on people who maintain year-round bird feeders or who feed birds in parks. They eat grain, seeds and fruit.

I saw this pair of Doves behind a restaurant near a residential area. They are probably surviving on food scraps from the restaurant and visits to bird feeders.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Marigolds, July 18, 2016

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, July 17, 2016
Marigolds, Tagates erecta, are very easy to grow, love full sun, and tolerate hot Summer temperatures. They range in color from pale yellow to dark orange.

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