Mother goose is taking her three chicks on a short trip to the lake, one little chick was having a hard time keeping up with the other ones. By the time the chicks got to the lake they were ready for a big drink of water. Dad shows up at the lake to join his family.
I was far off from the goose so I wouldn't bother her, using my zoom lens and cropping in Elements. The mother goose was adding more sticks to her nest, when a few geese got closer to her, she hisses to warn them not to come any closer. The dad showed up to protect her from the other geese.
The Great Blue Heron can adapt and live around all types of water; it can be freshwater or saltwater. They are great at fishing for their food; they can stand still and wait for their fish to swim close to them or they will walk slowly in shallow water, looking for the fish. Another way they can get their fish is to dive for it in deeper water. Their diet is mostly makeup of fish. They have good night time vision, so they can hunt at night as well as in the daylight.
Thoughts run through our minds like water running down a mountain top. Our thoughts control what mood we are in.Think happy thoughts, then you are happy, think sad thoughts ,then you are sad. We need to try to keep positive thoughts in our minds; it isn’t easy at times to do it. When you get bad thoughts in your mind, say the word, “stop,” out loud or just to yourself, and then change your thoughts to good thoughts. You may have to say the word, “stop” several times to remove the bad thoughts.
There are times when we have problems in our life that we have to try to think about ways to solve our problems. What isn’t good is when we keep bad thoughts in our mind about things that we have no control over. Happy thoughts = happy person.
Here is a little information about the stages that a butterfly goes through to be a butterfly.
A female butterfly will mate, then lay her eggs, after the eggs hatch they become caterpillars. As the caterpillar grows it will start shedding its skins, more like what a snake does. When they have shed their last skin they inter into a cocoon which is a protective shell and that is then called the pupa stage. Inside the pupa case, the caterpillar will then start transforming into a butterfly; it make take a couple of weeks or longer before it is ready to break out of its shell. The butterflies below are called Monarch.
Friends in a way are like beautiful flowers; there are many different kinds of flowers and colors, just like our friends are.
There are times when we thought that someone was a flower friend but they turned out to be nothing but a weed that keeps bringing us down to the ground. They are not a part of our beautiful flowers of friends that keep us up, reaching for the sun and the stars.
We need to weed out our flower garden at times, just like we need to weed out friends that keep pulling us down in life. Flowers make us happy and weeds can make us sad.
The family of Warblers is often nickname, “the butterflies of the bird world.” The warblers are very active birds, at times they will flash their tail, showing their yellow or orange colors to scare out insects that are hiding so they can try to catch them when they fly off.
They eat mostly insects, like beetles, moths, aphids, spiders and etc; their diet also includes some berries and seeds.
When it is mating season, and the female has picked her mate, she will build her nest; she may at times use an old nest that another bird had build. She can have from 2 to 5 eggs in her nest. She sits on the nest for about 11 days or so. Both parents will feed the young birds in the nest. The young chicks will leave the nest when they are about 9 days old. The parents will then divide the chicks up, each parent taking care of half the fledgling.
The bird below is a Warbler,- American Redstart- perhaps a immature male, or could be a female. The male Redstart, upper parts and chest are black, and he has patches of orange color on his wings and side. The female and immature has olive-gray upper parts and yellow patches on wings and sides.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Woodpeckers; I'm guessing that they got their name from drilling small holes around the tree bark, to get the sap that oozes out of the holes to feed on. From time to time they will return to the trees that they drill holes in for the sap. They also eat insects, fruits, and berries. They will at times eat suet that people puts out for the birds to eat.
In some of the old cowboy movies, they would use the words, “you yellow-bellied sapsucker”. That was a bad name to call someone back then, it is still a bad name to call someone.
The Red-headed Woodpeckers are great at catching flying insects in the air. They will also find some of their food; on the ground, in bushes or trees. Some of the things that the woodpeckers like to eat are; different types of insects, nuts, fruits, berries and seeds. They also like corn and suet.
Red-headed Woodpeckers will sometimes wedge their extra food in between wood cracks or crevices in trees, and they may cover it over with barks of wood to hide it from other birds.
We don't see this bird very often in our woods. When they do show up they come to our yard to eat suet that we have hanging up for the birds to eat and they like the dry-roasted, unsalted peanuts that we put out for the birds in our area.