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I just love this video I found on You Tube. I wish I had as many hummingbirds as this person does on their feeders.

I have been practicing taking more photos of the birds in my area.  I will post another hummer shot in the next few days.

Carole DeJarnatt 

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More from my backyard

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I have been busy posting in my business blog and have let my personal blog lapse.  As a blogger I feel a responsibility to keep it updated so I apologize for my absence and lack of posting.

Today I want to share more pics from my backyard birds.  These birds being my chickens.  I have a breed called Aracana or some call it Americana.  This bird is not very pretty and we have named it Ugly.  The one cool thing about this chicken is that it lays green eggs.  When we mention this to acquaintances or friends, most have never seen a green egg.  The egg is also a jumbo egg and is rich.  So even though it is an ugly bird, it does lay some very cool eggs.

At our local county fair I saw a pair of this breed and they were a buff color.  When I get more space in my backyard to expand my flock, I plan on adding a buff colored bird to my flock.

Ugly may not be very pretty, but she is one cool bird.  When I come out the door she runs to greet me and is always present when I am outside.  She is very friendly and seems to get along with the other chickens in the flock very well.  So the saying beauty is only skin deep goes well for the birds also.

Carole

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Backyard Beauties #2

To continue on with the previous blog entry, below is a picture of the bird that is nesting right now.  She was born in May 2005 also.  Her and the rooster were real tight in the beginning since they were from the same nest. 

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She has already nested one time this year and I am raising the two chicks from that batch separately.  She grew mean and very protective of her brood when she was nesting with them.  But it is amazing when the hen decides it is time to leave the nest she will leave and not have anything to do with the little ones.  After this we have to keep the little chicks penned up.  We have learned through the few times of raising chicks that you have to keep them penned up while they are little or the hawks will get them.  I let them out in the evening and they definitely enjoy that.  I will post pictures of them in a later post.

Hope you enjoy the reading.  Until tomorrow with another post, Faithfully, Carole 

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As promised in an earlier entry, I am going to share my flock of chickens I have in my backyard. Today I will start with the head of the flock and that is the rooster. He is a beautiful bird and was born in May 2006; the day my youngest son graduated from high school. He is so friendly. At night I pet him after he gets on the roost. His name is Rooster, like Rooster Cogburn from the John Wayne movie.

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He rules the coop at our house. In our coop we have five hens, two upcoming babies, and Rooster. Right now I have one nesting on no eggs whatsoever. I don’t understand that ritual but I am not a bird so what do I know. We have one hen, an Aracuana that lays green eggs. When I post a photo of her I will also post a photo of her egg. When we first got the bird that was the first green egg I had ever seen.

Let me tell you the story on how the birds came to be in our backyard. My husband attends an animal auction on Thursday evenings. They have birds, chickens, roosters, rabbits, geese, ducks, peacocks; you name they have it. Everytime he attended I asked him to bring me home some quail. At this time we had no animals in our backyard except a dog.

One day I arrived home from a business trip and I was in the kitchen and heard a rooster crow. I ran out the back door and there was a rooster and three hens. That was in 2005. We have been through the first set of animals and have gotten babies and raised a few and lost a few. The first rooster died. He was beautiful also in a different way. He was all white with a dark green/black tail. Another hen died not too long ago and since then I bought two more.

I will share photos of my flock of chickens as days go by. I enjoy backyard chickens as much as watching wild birds.

Until tomorrow, Carole

Additional info 4-8-08: We’ve Moved! Come visit us at our new location http://www.fowlvisions.com. We are moving the rooster and all, so be sure to stop in!

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A walk on the Beach

Occasionally we try to get up early and drive to the beach and walk.  We attend church on Saturday nights for now so took the opportunity to visit the beach.  I enjoy watching the seagulls and sanderlings along the shore.  A few pelicans and an osprey were in attendance but I wasn’t able to get pictures of those.  Below are some of the photos from todays journey.  Also the header on my blog page is from our trip.   

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Hope you enjoy my sharing of the birds.  I thought about trying to add a little informational stuff to it but then it would make the blog hard.  In the future, if I know of facts to share I will certainly do so.  But I am mainly just sharing my enthusiasm of birdwatching. 

Carole

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All in a Days Work

We have a nest of woodpeckers in our backyard in a stumpwoodpecker-11.jpgwoodpecker-11.jpg of an oldbird-pictures-013.jpgbird-pictures-013.jpg pine tree.  This year they gave us the opportunity to watch them raise their baby.  The male and female would fly back and forth feeding. woodpecker-4.jpg

These are a few shots of the young one anxiously waiting to be fed.  I hope you enjoy viewing the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. 

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Carole

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hummingbird21.jpgThis is my first of I hope many entries about the birds I enjoy watching, feeding, tending to, photographing, etc.  I am a blogger and decided today I would start a blog about something I enjoy doing in my spare time.  I am a business advisor/coach by trade, but when I have had enough of the computer, inside the house, whatever, I go outside and enjoy the show.  I raise backyard chickens for pure enjoyment.  You will get to know them if you subscribe to my blog. 

Today I want to share with you photos of the elusive birds I am trying to photograph from my office.  As I am preparing the photos for posting, I note my window needs to be cleaned.  Maybe tomorrow.  Anyway, here are pictures of some of the beauties I watch from my window.   

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I promise I will try to clean my window for future postings.  These are just photos I have been snapping as I sit at my desk (and I wonder why I don’t seem to get anything accomplished). ♥

Thanks for looking and come back soon!

Carole

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