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Humming bird Perch

This Humming bird has been a regular at my feeder for a very long time & always perches on something close to the feeder so that he can fight off any other hummer who comes by to feed on it. Then I thought of making him a perch which could be conveniently next to the feeder, so that he can be closer.IMG_0251

 
So I came up with one idea & for that I used a pencil & a copper wire!


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At first I tried to make it by gluing the moss roll but it turned out to be too thick for the hummer to perch on!

So I changed it a bit & removed the moss roll & simply rolled & tied the copper wire onto the pencil by cutting both the ends of the pencil. It turned out pretty good, after adding those flowers 🌺 to it!

The hummer still visits at least 20 odd times a day! But it is taking its time to getting used to the idea of my new perch, he will eventually perch on it once it is comfortable with it, I guess!!

 

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A day with the Heron

These pictures were taken by one of our good friend when we visited this Wetlands! It was filled with birds but not as much as it would have been in spring time! But the Heron was fun to watch, sifting through mud & water looking for fish & other creatures!

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Mourning Doves

This spring I have been seeing a lot more bird activities in my backyard. I see my regular visitors like finches, humming birds, pheobe, sparrow, mourning doves & the springtime visitors like mocking bird & the special visitors this year are cliff swallows who are trying to build nest on the eaves of my house. But I always like to listen to the cooing sound of the mouning doves which kind of helps me feel calm! I have this pair of mourning doves who have built a nest in the palm tree in my backyard. 


They take turn sitting on the eggs & have seeds & water from my birdfeeder! I always leave some seeds below the hanging feeder  on the ground just so that the doves can have it since they wont eat anything from the regular hanging feeder!!

They are really hard to be seen from any direction & they just blend right into the dried out palm fronds. But have been seeing this crow which is looking for an opportunity to snatch their eggs.


They have 2 eggs, for the record (I didn’t scare or chase the bird to get this nest picture), took the picture when the bird left the nest in search of food.

 Last year they had their nest on top of our awning & had 3 set of eggs one after the other. While it was fun watching them building nest & raising chicks, their daily activities kind of ruined our awning that year!


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Burro Banana

This would be the third year that we are harvesting small or burro banana from our backyard. Our plantain only failed us once which was last one year but that would be probably because we have been trying to save water & watering lesser & lesser when the plantain needs a lot of water for yielding fruit.

This is three pictures of the same banana row. We ate the bottom row( approx. 15-20), YUM!!

https://mybackyardnature.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/plantain-2/

This is the old post that I published 3 years ago, the very first harvest!!

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Cliff Swallows


I have been seeing flight of cliff swallows flying all around my neighborhood & they tried to build a mud nest on the eaves on the side of my house, but it got damaged & it is only now partially left. Hopefully they will comeback & finish it.

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Orchids

I have 2 moth orchids which is the most common type of orchid & is also called the Phalaenopsis orchids. One is purple & the other is pinkish orange in color! They bloomed around the same time(just like my lily & pickerel rush (from another post of mine)) but they are really different in size! Purple moth orchid just had another bloom a month ago & from the same stem but about half way through started this new stem & the current one started growing out.






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My container pond 2

This time both my pickerel rush & the lilies decided to bloom at the same time!

1st day:


2nd day: only one lily left, the other one didn’t bloom!!

 

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