Monday, April 30, 2012

Evening Visitor

My neighbors called with a surprise this evening.  They had a rufous hummingbird in the garage and he wasn't leaving.  I don't blame him.  It is cold outside.  He flew around us, and the warm lights. It didn't take him long to find the feeder we put out for him.  I think he has done this before.

He was very colorful, as we could see while he was flying, but not in the photos.  He'll probably be on his way north tomorrow.

Here is the link to the hummingbird who visited our barn in 2007.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Future Tree Frogs

 April 28 - One tadpole, many almost tadpoles.
They are likely related to the frogs in this link.
April 7 - Frog eggs

Saturday, April 28, 2012

April Blooms and Bees

This smaller cherry tree made it through the snow and ice earlier this year.  I know the bees and hummingbirds are missing our 3 large cherry trees damaged by the ice.  See them in bloom in this link.  We had to cut them back significantly so no blossoms this year (but a few new limbs are sprouting now).  

The mason bees are busy today.  Here is what their house looks like.  The fruit trees are blooming too, so they must have what they need.

Star magnolia.