Female Northern Cardinal

I went outside for a few minutes tonight as it is so hot in my house, and the first thing I saw was this female Northern Cardinal feeding on the cherries. Sorry the photos are blurry, something about me taking photos of Cardinals from far away. . .

Female Northern Cardinal

And an even blurrier one:

Female Northern Cardinal

Hopefully I’ll see her again so I can *try* to take a clear photo!

I also saw the Gray Catbird again tonight – still no “mew” calls though. This one is blurry, too. I need to learn to relax when trying to photograph these birds that don’t hang around very long:

Gray Catbird

Here’s a somewhat clearer photo of the resident rabbit:

Rabbit

In Bloom: Coral Bells and Roses

Mom’s Coral bells (Heuchera sp.) have been in blossom for quite a while, but they continue putting on a beautiful show:

Coral Bells

The bees and hummingbirds love them. A hummingbird stopped by as I had my back turned, but here’s one of a bee:

Coral Bells

Here’s one of Mom’s beautiful Roses:

Roses

Northern Flicker

This Northern Flicker, adult female, yellow shafted (Coaptes auratus) stopped to feed in Mom’s lawn while we were on the porch, so these photos are taken through a window:

Northern Flicker

She found a goldmine of goodies because she stayed for quite a while (they typically eat ants):

Northern Flicker

She’s so pretty! I love the spots on her lower sides. . .
Northern Flicker

and her underbelly! Sorry this isn’t a great photo, but those spots are so cool! It looks like she is wearing polka dot pajamas!

Northern Flicker