Photo taken while browsing through the garden with guests 12.26.07
In gardening terms this equates to growing grass, flowers AND weeds. Pots that need water, grass that requires mowing and edging, weeds that need pulling. Gardening never stops in sunny Florida. Perfect beach weather though --in case anyone is thinking of visiting.
Often I am distracted from daily routine by the compulsion to watch the bird activities in my garden. I took this photo through the screening on the lanai (thus the hazy tone). I get a kick out of the Mourning Doves that gather and generally park on this feeder filled with safflower seeds.
Carolina Wren --not a common visitor of feeders-- they typically like to forage in safer places.
This particular feeder hangs in front of a large glass window from my living room looking out onto my front walkway. The morning I captured these photos I was trying to get my Christmas tree decorated but had to keep stopping to snap the abundance of activity at this busy feeding post. Again, I took these photos through the glass from the inside looking out.
Female Cardinal keeping watch out for the Carolina Wren foraging and hopping around below.
Male Cardinal enjoying its fill of Safflower. All these photos -on this feeder- taken within minutes of each other.
Two Red-Shouldered Hawks perch high above just after one had swooped in for its prey on the bird feeder.
The day following Christmas my family was eating a leisurely breakfast on the back lanai when we heard a loud crashing noise and looked out to see a hawk swooping into the hanging bird feeders placed at the back of our property. We didn't happen to see if the hawk was successful in plucking one of the smaller feathered friends from its eating perch but we did witness the magnificence of the hawk in flight, joining another one on a high look-out oak limb. After this photo op one of them took flight and the other repositioned and posed for more photos on the limb pictured below.
Red-shouldered Hawk posing for several minutes in one place while I took more than my share of photos.