Monday, May 7, 2018

New Returnees + Old friends




Hello All! What do you think of the picture above? A pair of Red-Bellied Woodpecker (Both Male and Female) Female have a little gray crown, while the Male has an All Red head.

It's been awhile (I know), life been busy. We survived the major storm and all the snow melted before May. We're getting some nice temps and Buddy's porch has been open all day/night for the kids. However they haven't learn about napping on the porch yet, we haven't gotten them ready to venture out to Buddy's Backyard only because I'm still debating on the type of harness I want to buy them.

So first we got a few old friends back . . .

Our Donald and Daisy, they finally appeared shortly after our snow storm and I had went to put corn out realizing that they were here.

But I bet you're wondering how do I know that this is Donald and Daisy? Recap Donald and Daisy been coming to Buddy's Backyard for the past few years. Although we have had the occasional guest ducks, Donald and Daisy are residents to Buddy's Backyard.


The day I saw that they were here, I went to put corn out for them knowing that they were looking for food and our pond was frozen. I kept saying Hi Donald and Daisy over and over, I walked around them while I put corn in different spots across Buddy's Backyard. Not once did they take off, merely just watching me and then going to the two main location they like to feed. 


Now we needed to bring out Daisy and Donald favorite water bowl, the orange water bowl is convenience for them because it's on the ground. I swear they know about the bird bath, but they like to be on the ground and wander and take drinks from the ground level.


Next is Wilbur!! He's starting to come out again from hibernation.




Wilbur got his Carrots!!! 

OUR RETURNEES

The Robins, Red-Winged Blackbird, Grackles, and Starlings, were the first bird count for us.

NOW One ORIOLE HAS ARRIVED. 


NEXT THE COWBIRD



That's all who we have for right now, I hope that Our white-throated Sparrows visits and our Yellow-Rumped Warbler, maybe even the bluebirds and maybe hummingbirds!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April to January

We're going back in months, this past weekend the Midwest was hit hard with a major snowstorm. Buddy's backyard got about 14.7 inches of snow, Green Bay, Wi got over 24 inches of snow and between here and there, cities have had between 12-20 inches of snow.

We're supposed to be getting warm weather and having nearly all of our snow melted by now, however the forecast for this week brings more snow.

How's our backyard you ask? The Grackles and juncos are all over the place, our cardinals were out hitting every feeders along with our goldfinches. It was a mad house, we pretty much had to refill each feeder twice a day.


Here's a nice picture of a Junco who is eating seeds from the ground. They are a lot harder to capture pictures because of their white underbelly.



Any ideas on what this bird is??? It had a very unique pattern, unlike anything I've seen but turns out it's a Buddy's Backyard resident. It's a fox sparrow but has a sooty pattern. It's not all the way rustic brown like it usually is but have a slate grey color.






A Grackle meeting? Or do we have a female in the area?



We are only seeing two starlings so far, but I do hope to see more.





Cardinals tend to be very photogenic don't you think?







One of our deer covered in snow, this was the start of our 10 addition inches of snow.






Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Meet Tabby

Hi everyone,

I would like to introduce you to our Feral Cat that I call Tabby, since I'm not sure if it's a boy/girl Tabby is neutral.

 










We been getting visits from Tabby for the past few years, Tabby discovered that we put food out for the Raccoons and ideally we have food that Tabby could eat. We have kibbles, hotdogs and some other miscellaneous food.

We don't often seen Tabby because he/she is a Feral Cat meaning limited to no contact with humans. Even sometimes when we're in the kitchen, Tabby would take off. Other times we would be quiet enough where Tabby will resume eating while we watch in silent.

With that being said, getting pictures of Tabby is hard because of the time of day (Night/Twilight/Dusk) and the camera can't focus or see what I'm aiming to shoot for. These past few days Tabby have been arriving at our house just before we turn over to Night/Twilight/Dusk. I'm pleased to see a good winter coat and that it's healthy from my point of view.



Monday, April 2, 2018

Happy Easter?? April's Fools Day??


Buddy's Backyard been experiencing some decent weather until Last night. We weren't expecting to get any snow but we did because the snow shifted south towards us.

We were enjoying seeing the snow melt almost completely around Buddy's Backyard, but now we got about 1-3 inches. Today we did get some sun, but we are going to be having some cold weather.

The blackbird Grackle or Red-winged expressed their distaste of the last night snow. Our turkeys been kind of absent.







A little piece of A Day in Buddy's Life . . .

You might ask what does Buddy do when we suddenly get snow when he could walk freely on the grass. Well our house happens to have dried trails all along the edges of the house, so when I went out to take pictures I used his trails.

As long Buddy had his clean trails, the snow or rain wouldn't stop him from doing his outside walk adventures until he comes across a wet patch of snow or rain along his way. He would make these cries like never before because he was yelling saying his feet are cold or wet and where he was, we had to encourage him to come out (meaning step into the snow path so I could pick him up from the ground).

I hope Copper and Coal will learn about his trails, the trails serves many purposes for them, for buddy and for us.

April 2nd: GUESS WHO MADE AN APPEARANCE???

Hint: If they see their shadow, it's six more weeks of winter . . . .




YEP our woodchuck! Is it Wilbur or Chick? I have no idea but the fact that he/she came out before our impending snow storm (there's an April's Fools Joke) but I'm sure he/she will be going back under the ground until this small spout of cold passes.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Birthday Buddy

Today would have been Buddy's 17th birthday, while I'm sad that he's not here to celebrate another year. We can celebrate his life in spirit, remember all the memories we shared with him. He's also been gone from us for 6 months now.

Typically on his birthday, we give him some extra treats and the occasion milk. As he got older he started begging for more milk especially when I'm eating my cereal. Coal does the same thing, except he comes right up at my bowl and start sniffing and giving me cute eyes.

I don't know what Buddy thought as he aged over the years, I know his arthritis made it hard for him to get up on certain surfaces. So we were able to buy cat stairs for areas that he like to get up on, now he won't have to worry about falling. I know he fallen a few times because of the arthritis and we would always help him out.


What would Buddy do on his birthday, pretty much everything he does all the time. If we had decent weather he would be on the porch. Even if we didn't he would still go out on the porch but then comes back in when we ask him to. Play with one of his favorite toys or on his favorite sleeping bag.



Here's are some throwbacks of Buddy of his younger years and years in the past 6 years.







Buddy in his younger years throwbacks . . .





Losing Buddy was the hardest thing we had to go through as a family, but getting Copper and Coal truly did help ease our heartaches. They are keeping us on our toes and they are very eager to explore Buddy's Backyard soon enough.

Buddy lived his life the fullest, sure we would have wanted more time with him. However he gave us 16 and a half year of his unconditionally love and we gave him ours.

I promise I will be doing posts of A Day in Buddy's Life, I've just been very busy with my day work. So Enjoy these throwback pictures of Buddy. PS if you wonder about his collar . . . that is the only one we ever had for him even as he grew we never brought a new collar. His collar was truly one of a kind, it was a stretchable type until he got big and outgrew the collar.

Happy Birthday Baby Boy, no matter what I will still celebrate your birthday always.