What is Beautiful?
I can see beauty in everything, old, or new. Like old butterflies, they may not fly as fast, but they can still fly, parts of their wings are torn, but they are still beautiful. Let’s look for what is beautiful in every living thing.
Blue Jays -communicate
Blue Jays will communicate with others Jays by the sounds they make, their body language, and the crest on top of their head; when they raise their crest up high that means that they are upset. When their crest is low, that is a sign that everything is OK. When the Blue Jays make loud noises, their crest is up high.
In one of the pictures, the Blue Jay on the right side was first on the log, but then another Jay shows up and the Jay leans away from the other Jay. That is a sign that the Jay on the left is up higher up on the social ladder. The Jay on the left side also let the Jay on the right side get a grape first.
American Pharaoh, winner of the Triple Crown-2015 and the Breeders Cup Classic.
He is now staying at Ashford Stud Farm , Versailles rd. KY. He was born Feb 2nd 2012 and was bred in Winchester KY.
We got lucky to see such an outstanding, kind horse. We believe that he really does like people. He is so sweet, and he has a beautiful body. I believe that he is the greatest race horse in the world. Here are some pictures of American Pharaoh and the farm that he is at. The last photo is my husband, Jimmy, me and American Pharaoh. We feel so lucky to see such a great horse in person.
The chickadee's and tufted titmouse's like to flock together, as well as some other birds. The chickadees are always on alert, looking around them and up in the sky, watching for danger in their area. That is one reason some of the other birds like to hang out with them.
The chickadees have a great memory; they stash their seeds in different hiding places in their territory, and have the ability to remember where they hid their seeds
The male Carolina Wren does the loud singing.
The wrens diet is made up of mostly insects and spiders. They will eat some type of vegetable matter, berries and fruit.
The wrens will at times come to our bird feeders and the suet that we have hanging up. They also like dry roasted, unsalted peanuts that we put out for the birds.They are the state bird of South Carolina.
The wrens are fun to watch out in our backyard, they can get into the smallest places looking for food.
The Carolina wrens mate for life. The male and female work together to build their nest; they use a variety of materials, like dead leaves, dried grasses, straw, etc. It depends on the area that they live in as to what materials they will use. They can have from 3 to 7 eggs in their nest. It takes from 12 to 16 days for the chicks to hatch. The wrens will have from 1 to 3 broods a year. The wrens keep their nest clean by taking out the trash.
One little wren fell out of its nest, Jimmy put little one back in its nest, and it was OK. Several day later we saw the young ones out in the grass.
When a bird is very young, it is called a, nestling. A nestling will just have a few feathers or no feathers and they can’t hop around yet. A nestling bird you can put back in the nest. Birds can’t smell their offspring, so it is safe to put it back in the nest. A fledgling is older than a nestling, and will have all the feathers and can hop around on the ground. They can’t fly yet and the parents are still feeding it,
Goldfinches will molt its body feathers in late summer and winter. They are the only finch that molts twice a year.
They are mostly vegetarians, but sometimes they will swallow insects.
The Goldfinch is the State bird for Iowa, Washington and New Jersey.
The Cedar Waxwings like to eat fruits, berries, and insects. They are very sociable birds; they go hunting for their food with other waxwings. I have seen waxwings sitting on a branch passing berries, from one to another one down the line, until one waxwing swallows it.
They say the cedar waxwings got their name from the red color on the tip of their wing and also from the cedar berries that they like to eat.
We start seeing the Ruby-throated hummingbird’s in our area sometime in the April. We have hummingbird feeders in our backyard. We make our own sugar water. In a pan boil 4 cups of water and 1 cup of white, granulated sugar, let it cool down, and then put it in the ref. Please don’t use red food color in their sugar water, it isn’t good for them.
When we are ready to fill up the feeders, we will set the sugar water out of the ref. to warm up some. In warm weather we will change the sugar water in their feeders about twice a week, when it gets hot we will change it four times a week, in cool weather once a week. We also clean their feeders often, using hot soapy water, and rinsing well to get rid of the soap. We don’t want our hummingbirds to get sick.
The hummingbirds have great memories and will migrate back to the same area year after year, as long as their food source is still there. Besides using our hummingbird feeders we have plants in our yard that they like to feed from. We don’t use chemicals in our yard because the flowers that we have, the butterflies and hummingbirds like to feed from.
Spring- Rose-breasted Grosbeak
The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks migrates usually in late spring and early fall in our area in Kentucky. They say that the Grosbeaks travel at night when they are migrating.
The grosbeaks like to come in our backyard for sunflower seeds, suet and grapes that we cut in half for them. In the wild they eat lots of different kinds of insects, wild fruit, berries and seeds.