July visitors to the backyard


I came home one Saturday afternoon and saw these juvenile house sparrows eating the weeds in front of the dining room window. The bird seed that has spilled out of the feeder had taken root and we left them to grow for now.


They were having a feast. I went and grabbed my camera.


He saw me taking the pictures through window. He flinched for a second but didn’t leave. They stripped the weed down to nothing.


Probably the parent, watching from the boat dock.


I noticed this dove on our new palm tree. It was eyeing that lizard climbing up behind him. Taken through the door and the screened porch.


Looking out the window, I saw a black racer going across the backyard. I hadn’t seen one in a while.


The next day I came home after work and went to get a package on the front porch and saw this snake with his head down a hole next to the sidewalk. It wasn’t moving so I wondered if it had gotten his head stuck earlier that day and died. I threw a piece of mulch at it and it didn’t move. Later I came back out and he was gone so I guess he was just focusing on whatever critter he was trying to get.

sky with birds photo

I went to take the garbage out and dark clouds were moving in. A big flock of crows started flying right over the house.

sky pix

I haven’t been too good with getting storm shots this summer. Things have been crazy at work and I keep forgetting to stop and pay attention to the sky.  One was moving towards our house the night I took this with my iphone in July.

5 thoughts on “July visitors to the backyard

  1. I always tell you how wonderful the birds are in your ‘backyard’, but I don’t mean it in the literal sense … just the wonderful places you can get to fairly easily in a day. Today, you are showing wonderful birds really in your backyard! Neat that you “planted” that living bird seed for them. Things do grow in that climate don’t they! Black snakes are OK…last season I tried to tell one of our neighbors that they weren’t poisonous (when we saw one in her yard) and she sort of came unglued. Some people think any snake is evil I guess.

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