Black-Capped Chickadee, Echinacea, Lily, Cardinal, Squirrel

Here’s a Black-Capped Chickadee that was also in the yard tonight eating Rose of Sharon seeds:

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The bird-bath is too full from all of the rain yesterday, and also dirty. But the birds have still been dropping by for a drink:

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Here’s more photos of my Echinacea:

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And another photo of one of my lilies:

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Here’s the Cardinal again tonight – he kept flying through but not landing in a place where I could photograph him too well, as per usual:

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While I was eating a late dinner, I saw a squirrel keep taking mouthfuls of sticks up a tree. It was still doing it even when I came in at 8:00 PM. Too cute!

Tufted Titmouse

Okay, here’s another bird that was around tonight. Thanks to Susan from Susan Gets Native, she id’d this bird as a Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor)! I heard this bird (yup, I know what it sounds like, according to my Mom and Grandmother it says ‘Teacher’).  And I saw a little crest every once in a while which made me originally think young blue jay.  I didn’t know the Tufted Titmouse had a crest.
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Juvenile Northern Cardinal

This bird kept flying through my yard tonight together with another bird, and landed long enough for me to take these photos – not too clear as it was far away. It is a Juvenile Northern Cardinal!
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Sorry the photos aren’t clear!

Deer!

Okay, so I was getting ready for bed last night, and looked out my bathroom window, only to see three deer munching in my garden. No! no! no! no! no! no! no! no! no! I loaded the batteries in the camera (I felt like I was loading bullets into a rifle, but no, I wouldn’t be able to shoot anything). After trying the nighttime feature on my camera, I grabbed the board out of the sliding glass door and went out on the deck beating the board on the deck and yelling for them to get out of my garden. Don’t feel bad for my neighbors, they all have satellite TV and you can bet that’s what they were doing then. Here’s my first attempt at a nighttime photo. I guess I need to read the instruction manual! Here’s one of them with its’ head down munching, taken through the sliding glass door:
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Here it is when it started realizing something was wrong:

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The reason you can’t see its’ whole body is the deck railing is right below its’ head. The garden is intact this morning. I know the garden isn’t safe, but most everything has the floating row cover on it – I would just like some flowers! The sun is shining today and it promises to be really humid. At least I don’t have to worry about the basement today!