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First of Fall Pansies!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a cat blog post, so Whiskey and Squirt asked me to share this video.  Yesterday was the happiest day of the year for them – their first-of-fall pansies arrived!  Regular readers of my blog will remember that pansies are the favorite snacks of my furry felines.  Turn up your volume and get ready to laugh…

 

Whiskey very daintily eats the pansies.  Squirt mows the leafy greens and drops them on the ground. Here’s the aftermath…

The Aftermath!

The Aftermath!

Potato Chips and Millet…

Potato chip!  Potato chip!  On Sunday we were eating lunch out on the porch and I heard the distinctive call of an American Goldfinch.  Goldy’s finches are back!  Rich laughed as I scurried to put out a nyger feeder before I could finish my lunch.  :)

Painted Bunting discovers natural millet growing under my tube feeders

Painted Bunting discovers natural millet growing under my tube feeders

We had an influx of Painted Buntings come in over the weekend as well.  I regularly report my sightings to the Painted Bunting Observer Team, and I’ve had a male and a greenie since the beginning of October.  This weekend, I looked out to see three males and two greenies on the feeders – all at the same time!  Yep, that made me squeal too.  One of the males noticed the millet that has sprouted underneath my feeders.  How nice to see him foraging in a more natural setting than my usual cage feeder shots!

Look!  No Feeder!  (Almost)

Look! No Feeder! (Almost)

Meet My Hummingbird!

We’ve been seeing a hummingbird fairly regularly in the backyard.  At first I assumed it was a migrant passing through.  But now that it’s been a few weeks, I’m wondering if our visitor is going to stay for the winter.  (This blog post had better not jinx it!)

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in my Backyard!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in my Backyard!

Regular readers of my blog will know that I’ve spent years growing a garden to attract hummingbirds.  It’s so rewarding when the birds show some appreciation! :)  We’ve had hummers visit on and off over the years.  This would be the first year that one stuck around for the season.

He’s a juvenile male – you can tell because his gorget (throat) is starting to turn red.  Even in the fading light after sunset, his feathers flashed a bright red when he turned his head just right.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird - Look at that emerging red gorget!

Ruby-throated Hummingbird – Look at that emerging red gorget!

I hope he sticks around.  I promised him that if he does, he’ll get more of his pictures posted on the Internet! :)