Hummingbirds Love Pokeweed

Yesterday in Bent Tree (click photos below to zoom):

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September 5, 2018 – hummingbird on pokeweed in Bent Tree

 

September 5, 2018 - hummingbird on pokeweed in Bent Tree

September 5, 2018 – hummingbird on pokeweed in Bent Tree (click photo to zoom)

I had the song “Polk Salad Annie” running through my head while watching the tiny hummingbird. Polk salad (aka poke sallet) is made from the leaves of pokeweed. Here’s an old video of Tony Joe White singing Polk Salad Annie that I found on YouTube:

Five Years of Bluebirds

February 2018 - refurbished bluebird houses ready for installation

February 2018 – refurbished bluebird houses ready for installation

Click here for a post from 2013.  Five years later (where has the time gone?), the Bent Tree Bluebird Benefactors are still going strong.  Bent Tree’s Bluebird Trail is well-maintained and flourishing thanks to the couple.  The photo above shows 13 houses they recently refurbished; the houses will soon go back to their locations on the golf course and at the dam.  Six other houses were spruced up at their sites on the front nine.  It’s the time of year when bluebirds begin choosing their nesting sites…Bent Tree’s bluebirds have some special people making sure their homes are as clean and safe as possible.

While the horses are away, the bluebirds will play.

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A lot of juvenile bluebirds were flying back and forth between a tree and the arena fence at Bent Tree’s Saddle Club Horse Park yesterday evening.  They were moving fast, but I was able to get a couple of quick snapshots of a few of the birds.

August 31, 2017 - some of the young bluebirds at Bent Tree's Saddle Club Horse Park

August 31, 2017 – some of the young bluebirds at Bent Tree’s Saddle Club Horse Park

The Eyes Have It

Saturday evening, I was taking pictures of a hawk while it was watching smaller birds flying around nearby.  I kept getting closer until it turned its head and started watching me instead of watching the other birds.  When it gave me “the look”, I took it to mean that I was too close for comfort and the photo session was over.  Click the photo to zoom:July 8, 2017 - Hawk in Bent Tree

July 8, 2017 – Hawk in Bent Tree

A Little Bird Told Me…

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…that there is a Lake & Wildlife Partner meeting this morning at 9:30 (at Club Tamarack).

The scheduled program is “Birds and Birdbaths”; all Bent Tree property owners and residents are welcome to attend.  The photos below are just some of the bird pictures I’ve taken in Bent Tree over the last few years.  It’s a  wildlife watcher’s paradise here.

Click on the thumbnails and a larger picture will appear, with arrows below it for advancing through the pictures.  If you want to get back to the thumbnails, just click on the open large picture.  The photos are in no particular order.