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It's the time of year for fluff balls in Myrtle Glen

It's the time of year for fluff balls in Myrtle Glen

It started in late April, Mr. Cardinal kept hunting lizards to bring those juicy morsels to Mrs. Cardinal, probably to show her what a great provider he is and that he is able to bring dinner home every day. Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal were hanging out in the back corner of Myrtle Glen, by the driveway. I figured they were discussing options for the location of a nest. Last year they had picked the Mango tree. By end of May I finally found their nest, they built in in the Climbing Carolina Aster…

Swallow-Tailed Kite

Pure Beauty

The Swallow-Tailed Kite, a bird of prey! It sure is a big bird with a wing span of 4 ft (120 cm), they eat large insects, small reptiles (such as lizards and snakes) , small birds and eggs, and build their nests in the tallest trees they can find. The beautiful birds are summer visitors in the southeast United States and migrate to South America for the winter months (where those birds live year round). Even though it seems to be a rare bird, it is not on the endangered or threatened list…

Blogging in Myrtle Glen, a central Florida gardening journal: The Gulf Fritillary and its Passion

The Gulf Fritillary and its Passion

oh my, what this poor Passion vine has to go through! But it is ok, this Passiflora, commonly known as Maypop vine, is a Florida native plant and I grow it for the butterflies, specifically for the Gulf Fritillary. Gulf Fritillaries are really prolific, females keep laying eggs on the vine until it is completely stripped. Not sure what happens then, do the ladies fly on to find another vine? what if they do not find one close by? Anyways, the vine started out just beautiful, as all Passion…

Hummingbird in Myrtle Glen, Central Florida

Flowers in July

Hummingbird in Myrtle Glen, Central Florida

Brown Thrasher

New visitor

It took me several days before I was able to capture this Brown Thrasher on camera. It seemed the bird knew exactly when I had the camera with me, it then darted in to get a peanut from the feeder and off it went to hide in the shrubs. The times I did not have a camera on me the bird hung out and surely was laughing at me. But I can be sneaky, I plopped down on the garden bench, not moving, camera hidden with a towel, waiting patiently for the hungry bird to want a peanut. Since offering…

the Blue Jay is looking for peanuts

For the birds

Different birds visit during the different times of year, some live her year round, others, the snow birds, spend only the winter months in Florida. My pictures aren't very good since I use a point and shoot camera, but I am still happy to have a 'record' of the ones here in Myrtle Glen. Pictures of birds in Myrtle Glen Black sunflower seeds are well liked by the birds, especially by the Cardinal couple, the other feeders throughout the yard hold cracked corn and mixed seeds. I tried a…

Red Cardinal

January - The month of dislike

January with a few nights where the temperature drops below 40F ruins my tropical landscape. The garden looks toasted. Every year it is the same, I dislike my plants and vow to throw them all out to replace them with cold hardy plants. But by March all is forgotten. The plants have recovered and by May the garden looks lush and tropical as if there was never a night below 70F. Right now, I dislike! Did I mention I have no luck with Elephant ears? The Billbergia bromeliads are doing ok, and…

American Redstart

Blogging in Myrtle Glen, a central Florida gardening journal

American Redstart

Blogging in Myrtle Glen: Pit Stop in Myrtle Glen - American Robin

Pit Stop in Myrtle Glen

Every year, around the same time in late winter, a family of American Robins takes a pit stop in Myrtle Glen. I know, it is called a 'flock' but I can't help it, they remind me of a family, a large family, with 60 to 80 birds. Every year they stop here, for just a few short morning hours, they pick through the grass and flower beds for grubs and worms, take splashy baths in the puddles from the sprinkler, and sing and chat softly to each other evenly distributed in our 13 Crepe Myrtle Trees…

Blogging in Myrtle Glen: The Gray Catbird

The Gray Catbird

The Gray Catbirds are migrating north and some are taking a break in Myrtle Glen, I see them hoping in the Crepe Myrtle branches and digging through the seeds in the feeder. This bird seems right at home in our small wildlife habitat, acting not at all afraid of us humans.

downy woodpecker

A first-time visitor

A first-time visitor in our yard, but hopefully not for the last time, a downy woodpecker A small bird with black and white plumage and small, pointed bill, the males have a bright red patch on their head, while the females have a black patch. I am by no means a bird expert, but I am thinking our visitor is a female. The downy woodpecker is the smallest and most widespread woodpecker, its habitat is open woodlands, parks, and back yards. These birds do not migrate. I watched this acrobatic…

Hummingbird

For the birds

Different birds visit during the different times of year, some live her year round, others, the snow birds, spend only the winter months in Florida. My pictures aren't very good since I use a point and shoot camera, but I am still happy to have a 'record' of the ones here in Myrtle Glen. Pictures of birds in Myrtle Glen Black sunflower seeds are well liked by the birds, especially by the Cardinal couple, the other feeders throughout the yard hold cracked corn and mixed seeds. I tried a…

Hummingbird

For the birds

Different birds visit during the different times of year, some live her year round, others, the snow birds, spend only the winter months in Florida. My pictures aren't very good since I use a point and shoot camera, but I am still happy to have a 'record' of the ones here in Myrtle Glen. Pictures of birds in Myrtle Glen Black sunflower seeds are well liked by the birds, especially by the Cardinal couple, the other feeders throughout the yard hold cracked corn and mixed seeds. I tried a…

Hummingbird

For the birds

Different birds visit during the different times of year, some live her year round, others, the snow birds, spend only the winter months in Florida. My pictures aren't very good since I use a point and shoot camera, but I am still happy to have a 'record' of the ones here in Myrtle Glen. Pictures of birds in Myrtle Glen Black sunflower seeds are well liked by the birds, especially by the Cardinal couple, the other feeders throughout the yard hold cracked corn and mixed seeds. I tried a…

male ruby throat, Mar

For the birds

Different birds visit during the different times of year, some live her year round, others, the snow birds, spend only the winter months in Florida. My pictures aren't very good since I use a point and shoot camera, but I am still happy to have a 'record' of the ones here in Myrtle Glen. Pictures of birds in Myrtle Glen Black sunflower seeds are well liked by the birds, especially by the Cardinal couple, the other feeders throughout the yard hold cracked corn and mixed seeds. I tried a…