Friday, May 7, 2010

Yard work today


In springtime our lawn grows so fast we can barely keep ahead of it - and sometimes it seems taller than us.  My job today was to weed whack - and whack I did.  It is gorgeous out today, sunny, a little breeze to make the wind chimes sing and birds all about. 

A bird was enjoying the birdbath - I actually got this photo from inside the house - the birds kept flying off when I tried to take a picture when I was outside weed whacking.
 
 This flicker wanted to try the seeds in the feeder that is stuck to my studio window.  He's a little big for the feeder - but diligent at trying to get the seeds.


I filled the suet feeders - here is Ben, earlier in the year, helping with the suet feeders.


A vulture flew over - they are so graceful in flight.  Did you know that as a protection, if you get too close to them, they can vomit an unbelievable amount, and a long distance - so beware.  Still, one of my favorite birds - watching them in flight - and thankful that they clean up things we wouldn't want to.  Thank you vultures.

I could hear this fellow off in the woods.  I was lucky and got this picture of him last summer.
 

And then there is the squirrel and crow story - all the photos were taken from inside - you know how skittish crows are.  The squirrel would climb up onto the suet feeder and begin digging around. Being somewhat of a sloppy eater, he would spill some of the nuts and seeds on the ground . . .

And along would come a crow - hopping quickly in to pick up the dribbles.  They have been doing this for several days now - and I've never been able to get a picture of them together.

Squirrel taking a break - and not sharing with his friend the crow. . .

I could hear bees buzzing about in the flowers - and caught this one as he worked at the White Bleeding Heart . . .click on the photo to see the bee . . .

The wind made the chimes tinkle - it is a glorious spring day - with scent, sights and sounds . . . 

This is one of my favorite wind chimes.  Someone was going to throw it in the trash at Don's work - and he brought it home to me - it has the sweetest chime . . .

This is the pretty hook it hangs from . . .

As graceful as a real heron . . .

And for fun - a sign in the back yard . . .

I'm glad the weed whacking is done - I sure enjoyed the yard and our wonderful spring day.

What did you hear or see  in your yard today?


11 comments:

Rowan said...

Lots of lovely photos, the white bleeding heart is lovely isn't it? I have both white and pink ones in my garden. I'm glad someone else appreciates the splendid work that vultures do, they have a very vital role in the local ecology of the places they live. I shall take care not to get too close though after reading about their unfortunate talent! Not that I have to worry too much as we have no vultures in UK, it's in Africa that I've encountered them.r

Crispy said...

I saw snow and a little bit ago a hail storm....welcome to spring in North Dakota LOL. I'll be happy to be in Seattle next week where you actually have leaves on the trees and flowers blooming :0)

Crispy

PS - I LOVE to weed whack!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Great photos! Love the "Loon Crossing" sign! laurie

Pat said...

I really enjoyed all your pictures. I was inside today....doing a big cleaning for weekend guests. Now I can barely move....whew...I am TIRED!

Fearless Nester said...

Most of my garden is in as of earlier this week. I have never seen a white bleeding heart, those are pretty. And I never ever knew that about vultures. I like watching them soar too. Your heron is gorgeous. I love crows, but Henri does not, they wake him up too early he says. ~Lili

JoyceAnn said...

Enjoyed your weed whacking too , glad you carried us along. Love the chime and the hanger , it's beautiful.
I've been watching the birds , squirrels and looking for wild weeds to identify. Hubby does the weed whacking around here , I just try to eat them (LOL).

~ Spring Blessings ~

Purple Pam said...

Jo your pictures are beautiful as usual. What I am doing in the yard is trying to get Hubby to mow it!

JoyceAnn said...

Just blopped by to wish You a

" Happy Mother's Day " !!

janet said...

Enjoyed your photos very much!

Genny said...

Happy mother's day! Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I LOVE the loon crossing sign!! The pictures of the birds and squirrels are so much fun. I especially enjoyed the white bleeding heart with the bee busily gathering pollen.

Judy S. said...

Nice photos, Joanne! Wasn't the weather glorious this past weekend?