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In some of my past travels through Alabama, I pulled up a piece of a Wisteria vine growing along the side of the road. I think the vines are beautiful and they multiply greatly.

It seems my rooster and chickens have a different opinion of the vine. Normally at this time of the year the bees are all over it. Since the chickens are penned up, they have managed to keep the bees away and enjoy the plant. Some of the plants are low hanging and the chickens and rooster jump up to pull some of the blooms off the vine.

Rooster checking out the wisteria vinerooster jumping for the wisteria vine
My acrobatic rooster. The hens also do the same thing, I just haven’t caught them in action with the camera.

It won’t be long now before the baby chicks are hatched. I love watching how they grow overnight and change before my eyes. I will be sure to keep you updated when the event happens.

Thanks for visiting and come back soon!

Carole

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I am amazed at how quickly the baby birds grow. I have watched the progress in baby chicks before but still am surprised everytime I check on these baby birds.

baby wrens
babies checking me out while I check them out

As you can see by the picture, the nest is in a hanging plant. Wrens seem to make their nest in just about any little nook or cranny. I am watching them daily and this afternoon while snapping additional photos of the babies, the mother flew up and fed them. I didn’t have my good camera but I still took a couple of shots in hopes that I could doctor them up in photoshop. If so, I will share tomorrow.

I haven’t shared any pictures of my rooster and hens lately so here are some of my flock.rooster and hens
Pictured are from lower to upper: Ugly, an Aracauna hen; Rooster, a cross-breed between a Light Brahma rooster and a black Sexlink hen; and Henny Penny, a cross-breed the same mix as Rooster. Where the colors came from in the rooster I do not know because the father was white with a tail the same color as his. The mother was solid black.

In the background is a Silver-laced Wyandotte hen called Lacy that you can just barely see around the rooster. I also have a Barred-rock hen called Pepper.
This rooster has the best disposition. So did his father. I have heard tales of some mean roosters and am sure as I grow my flock I will run across some. I am not looking forward to the day because I have heard they can be vicious.

Unfortunately for my backyard chickens, they are having to stay in a pen the majority of the time. Our house is up for sale and some people just do not like my animals. Occasionally I let them out if I know for sure someone is not looking at the house. The last time I did though the chickens got in my flower bed and scratched up all the new plants I had just planted the day before.

My friend is currently building her a hen house and I am anxious to see the progress. I will definitely share when I go to visit her with camera in hand. She does a good job in building stuff so I am sure it will be great.

Until the next time, thanks for visiting and make sure to comment or ask questions if you feel like it.

Carole

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male bluebird on nesting box
Male eastern bluebird in the morning hours scoping the scene.

male and female bluebird on nesting box
Female and male eastern bluebirds in the morning hours.

This is the view from my office window. I love watching the birds in the morning. They seem to be very active in the early morning and then slow down about 11am. Maybe it is nesting time. I don’t know but it suddenly gets quiet.

The bluebird box in the picture is probably about 7 years old and has raised several families. I have never witnessed the launch of the babies (mainly because I am too impatient) but after the launch I know they are gone because they sit close by in the trees for a few days.

Our house is up for sale now and this bluebird box will go with us when we move. It’s not that I couldn’t get another but I just enjoy knowing that this box has been at two homes with us and will go to the next and continue raising more families.

Here’s a another photo I took later in the afternoon of the male. He is sooooo beautiful!

male eastern bluebird late afternoon

This is actually a half-way decent picture. This is not normal for me! 🙂

I hope you enjoy my pictures as much as I enjoy taking them. If you do, send me some love in the form of a comment!

Thanks for looking!

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Baby wrens and more

baby wren chicksAre these not the cutest? Well maybe not cute but precious. There are for sure 4 baby wrens in this nest (can you see the beaks in the pictures?). I think there may be a fifth but not for sure. They are about a week old and it is amazing how much they have grown.

The mother made the nest in a hanging plant outside my husband’s shop. I frequent and watch but try not to disturb.

More baby wrens Here’s another and in this one there is definitely one looking at the camera. I had to shake the nest a little to get them to respond :).

It is amazing what you will find in your backyard if you go out and visit.

I am getting frequent visit of finches now. In a post from yesterday, you might have noticed a blurry finch in a picture. At this time of year, the males are in the molting stage and are just starting to show their bright yellow colors. Occasionally I will see one that is fully molted (I hope I am saying that correctly. If not, please forgive as I am a newbie or a wannabe birder).

Later today I will post a couple of pictures of my nesting hen. I have them taken but it is very early morning here so I am in need of some shut-eye.

What the heck, it’s only a couple of pictures. Here they are–Rhoda sitting on her nest. She doesn’t look like she is in a good mood, does she?

Rhode Island Red nesting henRhode Island Red nesting hen 2
Thanks for looking. If you enjoy my entries, please let me know. I would hate to think I am wasting my time!

Until the next entry…I’ll be looking for more bird info to share and chicken antics to make you smile.

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My apologies to those who visited this blog and noticed no current entries. I have been busy trying to earn a living with my business as a business coach, that I have ignored one of my favorite past times.

With this being early spring in Florida, the weather is awesome and the colors outside are gorgeous. I have not taken any photos of late of the birds that are visiting but we have a large variety, as I suspect many do. One thing I did notice was the hummingbirds were later this year than last. It could be this cooler than normal weather.

hummingbird feed, bluebird boxI now have my feeder back on my window so when I am online I can watch the hummers feed. I also have a view of a bluebird box outside of my office window. The bluebirds are back and are nesting soon to be raising another family. Last year they raised two families out of the box.

Anyway, for now I am back and will share a few photos I have from my current flock of chickens and also backyard visitors.

cardinal and others on platform feeder

cardinal on backyard platform feeder
I promise I will try to get a better camera and work on my photography skills. Thank you stopping in and checking out my blog. Leave a comment with a link to your blog as I enjoy reading other blogs that have some of the same interests as me.

backyard chickens

Here’s my last picture for today. If you have read any of the entries from this blog you will know I really enjoy my backyard chickens. My Rhode Island Red, Rhoda, is nesting at this time so about April 10th I will have some new little chicks to keep me entertained. I will keep you updated as to the progress.

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