Tag Archives: Western Flycatcher

A Stroll in the Garden

I thought I would share a few of my garden neighbors with you.

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

There is the common and beneficial garter snake.

Garter Snake

“Well, then, let it go, let it go, if you’re so bull-headed about it. We can get you
some garter-snakes, and you can tie some buttons on their tails, and let on
they’re rattlesnakes, and I reckon that ‘ll have to do.” Tom to Jim in The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

This is a discovery that my Hubby made when he noticed grass sticking out of the old abandoned barbeque and opened the lid to investigate.

Squirrel Nest

Turns out Mrs. Squirrel has a rather comfy home here.  We could not determine if there were babies by looking through the front door, and this nest is deep.  So we left well enough alone and closed the lid of the barbeque.

On another day, Hubby decided to take a second look.  Turns out that Mrs. Squirrel turns into a hell cat when the lid is lifted while she is at home.  Hubby is a good ducker, and we will leave the family in peace.

I wish I could get Mrs. Squirrel to pose for you, but she is in perpetual motion when I see her out and about, and I don’t seem to have the time to stalk her for a photo.

It’s easy to smile when you have a squirrel’s intellect. -Dylan Moran

Squirrel Nest

Mr. and Mrs. Flycatcher moved to the neighborhood back in 2013.  I have shared their family in several posts, which can be found under the Home and Garden Galleries 2013 tab2015 tab , and the 2016 tab at the top of this blog.

Western Flycatcher

One year, the resident bully hawks (Cooper Hawks, I think) destroyed the family, so Hubby built a bird house for them to reside in.  It seems that Mr. and Mrs. Flycatcher prefer to nest in the open (perhaps they are claustrophobic).  The barn swallows, however, love to reside in the bird house, and the two seem to make good neighbors.

Both residences are right there by the porch light…next to the front door to my residence.

Western Flycatcher

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” -Henry Van Dyke

Western Flycatcher

I do not know where the residence of the Hawks is, but I do know that it is nearby.  They have left the flycatchers unmolested since the birdhouse was put there.  Hopefully, it shields them.

That seems to be the way of life…the bigger and more powerful preying on the small but courageous.

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

Western Flycatchers Grow Up

“The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”
J.M. Barrie, The Little White Bird

 

Western Flycatchers

06-30-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-01-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-01-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-07-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-07-2015

 

Western Flycatchers

07-07-2015

 

Western Flycatchers Empty Nest

07-12-2015

 

Previous posts:

Bird’s Nest for Camera Day

Bird Nest Update

Western Flycatcher Update

Western Flycatcher Progress

Western Flycatchers Fly

Western Flycatchers are Back

The Flycatcher Babies are Hatched

The Flycatcher Babies are Hatched!

The Flycatcher Babies are Hatched!

Western Flycatchers

Previous posts:

Bird’s Nest for Camera Day

Bird Nest Update

Western Flycatcher Update

Western Flycatcher Progress

Western Flycatchers Fly

Western Flycatchers are Back

Western Flycatchers are Back

[T]hese flowers, so fragrant, grew
And the birds and bees sipped sweet nectar
From the sparkling, morning dew.
God has blessed all beauties of Nature;
He’s set His approval and seal
On all of His small, winged messengers
That fly through the air with such zeal.
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “Honeysuckle” (1940s)

For the third year in a row, the western flycatchers have chosen to nest next to the front door to the house.

I love that they trust us enough to come back year after year. 

I love watching the little family grow.

The parents built up the nest:

Flycatcher Nest

There will be four siblings this year:

Flycatcher Nest

Previous posts:

Bird’s Nest for Camera Day

Bird Nest Update

Western Flycatcher Update

Western Flycatcher Progress

Western Flycatchers Fly

Western Flycatchers Fly

The little Flycatcher Family has grown up!  The fledglings are gone, and the nest is empty.

I feel a bit lonely now, but I wish them all the best.

*Click on the photos for a larger view, and to see the date the photo was taken. 

 
Fledgling Western Flycatchers 07-30-2013

And then there were two.

Fledgling Western Flycatchers 07-31-2013
 
Fledgling Western Flycatcher 07-31-2013
 
Fledgling Western Flycatcher 07-31-2013

Getting ready to join the sibling in the oak tree.

Fledgling Western Flycatchers 07-31-2013

Thank you to the Lord, and to Mr. and Mrs. Flycatcher, for allowing me to enjoy the family, and to share the photos with others so that they can enjoy as well.

Adult Western Flycatcher 07-30-2013
 

What a privilege I’ve had!

To see the Mama and her eggs, click here.

To see the newborns, click here.

To see updates on the babies, click here and here.