. Thursday, August 20, 2015 .
We have been cleaning out the hot tub.  I'm chatting away and opening the lids at the same time and this little creature jumped up and scared the willies out of me.


. Monday, August 10, 2015 .


. Saturday, July 11, 2015 .
I have seen this little creature two days in a row.

It's a hummingbird moth.

And then there are the fast flying, never sitting still humming birds.

And then there is this bully of a butterfly that kept flying right in on the hummingbird moth.

Surprises In The Flowers

. Monday, July 6, 2015 .
These are not the most clear hummingbird shots I have ever takne. It was hard for the camera to figure out what to focus on the chickenwire or the hummingbird.  So I will take what I can get this morning.
I was sitting in the family room talking to m\Mark when I saw a blur go by the door.  Then I saw two blurs flying low through the yard.  Then only one came back.  I guess it was a territorial thing.

I ran to the kitchen to get the camera bag.  I just knew he would be gone by the time I got back.  I patiently waited by the door in hopes I could see movement.

He loves the hosta flowers.  Flitted in and out of about ten before deciding to stop behind the blue door to rest on the honeysuckle vine.

Hopefully they will come around tomorrow morning again.  I'll be waiting.

A Little Out Of Focus

. Thursday, June 11, 2015 .
I see little beaks.

They Are Getting Bigger

. Sunday, June 7, 2015 .
These are such good bluebird parents!  Seems now that the eggs have hatched they do nothing but feed the babies.  Can you imagine feeding six babies!  Dad does his share for sure.

After he finishes feeding mom swoops right in to deliver her meal.
Better start 'growing' some meal worms.  It is going to take lots once I see little beaks peeking out that hole!

Mom and Dad BlueBird Getting Down To Business

. .
I am so excited to see this box filled with eggs!

I first found these three eggs.  I watch and waited.  Waited and watched.  After three weeks nothing.  I thought they were no good.

I was shocked when I saw three more eggs in the nest!  What?  So I googled it.
  "Incubation does not start until all the eggs have been laid, so they will hatch at the same time."
And there is different placement of the eggs.  I know chickens do this also.

And then one day they hatched.  All six of them!  This is one proud Bluebird momma!

The is one day later and they are already starting to turn blue.

Sleeping while I check and count beaks.   All six hanging in there.

Three days after I discovered them.  They get so much bigger so quickly.

This is just my thinking...but I think they know me.  The mom and dad don't seem to be one bit bothered by my checking the nest every day or so.  And they babies sleep through it all.
I'm thinking they aren't going to be in this box very long.  Going to get really crowded real soon.

Bluebird Babies In The Box

. Sunday, May 17, 2015 .

Mark found another snake skin in the compost bin.

After The Rain