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Why Are Little Bees Getting So Much Attention?   Leave a comment


Why Are Little Bees Getting So Much Attention?.

Chicken Delight with Eggs   17 comments


In the past few weeks the hens have provided us with over two dozen eggs and counting. I have made egg salad and even pickled some eggs.

 

I had to take a picture of our first two eggs!

 

Great chicken friends

  our first two eggs

 

Pullet eggs are great for pickling. I am going to try lots of recipes and create a few of my own.

 

My sweet feathered friends

The ladies and Big Bird watch me pull weeds from the garden for their midday salad. Big Bird demands attention with his loud crow along with the fifteen hens clucking at me.

 

Henny Penny enjoying a bit of scratch feed

 

 

The ladies are so very loving and loud when announcing the arrival of the newest egg addition. I know I am to blame for spoiling them but I care not. They feed us, amuse us, are great alarm systems, provide organic fertilizers, etc.

So for more entertaining photos…    Little B-Tips curious about the camera

 

 

Mr Meowgo likes the egg a little too much

 

Our trusted feline friend is not entirely pleased with our new feathered family. He is very curious and does watch over them.

 

 

Two hens in the box and one on her way in

 

Although there are eight different laying boxes, the hens only lay in the one box that I painted the word egg on…can they read? Or maybe it’s the classical music playing on NPR?  As you can see, two Rhode Island Reds are already in the laying box and a line is forming.

 

Room for three?

 

 

Henny Penny must be in dire straits to crowd with two other hens in the same laying nest.  Three hens sharing  I came back to find three eggs a little later in the day!

 

Love birds

 

 

Big Bird making some noise

Big Bird loves his special treats of sunflower seeds and cooked brown  rice.   Big Bird is the sweetest rooster  He loves to eat from my hand.

 

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petal Power: Sweet Scent   13 comments


The smell of spring wafts in the wind.    Smell that Smell: Sweet

 

Here are a few of the aromatic blossoms in our gardens.    Popping Azaleas 

 

Gentle beauty

 

Red tulips

 

 

 

 

Yellow center Tulip in Red

 

 

 

Lingering tulip blossom

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

 

 

Flowers On A Sunny Day   14 comments


After all the much-needed rain, we have a sunny day! Brightly colored flowers are finally in bloom in our gardens.

Yellow Soft Petals   Purple Bearded Iris

 

 

 

Delicate Iris

 

 

Spy the spider?  Barely visible is a tiny spider hiding from my camera.

 

Enjoy your day!

 

Time To Bug Out Photograghy: February   20 comments


Details matter. Nature’s attention to the insect world never ceases to delight.

Round Headed Boroers Larva

While chopping firewood, the strange-looking larvae start to drop from holes in the center of the hickory tree. The birds seem to relish in the special winter delicacy as if someone lifted the top off an aromatic pot of soup.

Winter housing busted for round headed borers larva

The hidden larva is from the Cerambycidae family. The Round Headed Borers larva is a new species for me to observe.

Hickory tree feeders:The Round Headed Borers larva

The orange spots add great color.

All sized Round Headed Borers larva   The various sizes do not matter to the birds. A tiny wren took flight and dropped the fatted larva food about five times before settling in to eat.

Looking through the larva tunnal

Enjoy your day!

Bright Green Cocoon: Crab Spider   8 comments


It seems cocoons are in season.    Bright green cocoon formed by a crab spider

 

I notice a bright green cocoon on the back of a dead plumeria leaf.   Crab Spider cocoon on plumeria leaf

 

 

Crab Spider in web  In October I took the only picture I have of a crab spider. I wish the details of the spider herself were more visible.

 

Crab spider cocoon in color

 

Enjoy your day!

Japanese Persimmons: A Magical Fruit   43 comments


Yesterday I tasted my very first Japanese persimmon. ripe Japanese persimmon

This colorful fruit rules! I have never seen such large persimmons. You have to taste one of nature’s best desserts.

 

Flesh of the Japanese persimmon

 

The tree bows to the ripened persimmons.   Japanese persimmon tree laden with fruit

Plump ripe Japanese persimmon

 

The ants can have this persimmon for themselves.

 

Low hanging fruit: the Japanese persimmon

 

Thanks to our vet for sharing his bounty of yummy fruit! Dr. John you rock!  Persimmons ready to eat

 

Dr. John and his staff have a neat office pet that allows me a photo or two.

 

Our vet's office lizard pet

Lucky little lizard!

 

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

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