Starlings took over our backyard a long time ago but this is the first time I noticed them nesting. My neighbor has a dead palm tree that sits up against our fence and for weeks I kept seeing this starling popping her head out of a hole in the side facing our kitchen window. There was also one sitting on the top of the stump most of the time. I never saw any babies poking out but weeks later I saw an adult feeding several young ones in our neighbor’s yard.
It’s that time of the year when mama ducks are cruising the channels with babies.
One morning I saw the above woodpecker in a hole higher up in the dead tree. The woodpecker spent all morning cleaning out this hole so I thought we’d have babies at some point but I think she ended up not staying. A few days later I saw a starling going in the same hole and I haven’t seen the woodpecker since.
We have 2 Bismark palms in our backyard that are about 5 years old and this is the first time I’ve seen something blooming inside of them. It’s weird that they are suppose to be the same tree but the blooms look completely different.
Hibiscus on the side of the yard.
I enjoyed your photos. Love Bismark palms, although the fronds are heavy and spiky to handle. We had several in our yard when we lived in Miami. I don’t recall what the blooms looked like.
What great “yard” images! Most folks have bad things to say about Starlings, but even they are beautiful, as you images prove. Baby ducks – adorable. Love the spring cleaning woodpecker.
Thank you for sharing some “yard beauty”!