Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sights From My Deck

Ok, so maybe you guys get tired of seeing sights from my deck, but I never do. I have learned never to go out there without a camera now. Here are just a few of my recent sightings.

Of course there are the ever present Common Grackles. Loud, noisy, obnoxious but still kind of fun to watch.This little dove and his/her mate come and visit quite often. I usually find them hanging out on the deck when I come out. Then there is this guy. He is not my favorite visitor. I think this is a Black Racer. Non poisonous. But--I just do not like snakes--one bit!! The creek is FULL of minnows right now. Our creek or weir as it is properly called was made for mosquito control and they seed it with mosquito larvae eating minnows. I'm not sure if all of these are those kind of minnows but if they are then we shouldn't have a problem this summer! I have seen a couple of exotic looking salt water type minnows or fish or there too. And, I saw a couple of foot long fish the other day. Maybe I need to get a fishing pole. Last year we had tons of warblers, cardinals and buntings around but I hadn't seen any this year and was afraid that the Grackles had scared them off. Then my friend told me that I was putting out the wrong kind of seed so I put out seed to attract these guys and guess what--they came. Yay.

Beautiful little Painted Bunting.
I think this is a Palm Warbler--but I could be wrong.
Then of course, we have Donny and Marie who still haven't produced any offspring that I know of.
Then we have the Lone Ranger--or the Lone Duck. And of course the Lone Duck has a couple of buddies.
My bird feeders are actually over the water so the turtles have discovered that they REALLY like bird seed. Most of the turtles are covered with moss or yuck or whatever and take off swimming when I come close. But this beautiful Florida Red Belly Turtle whom I have named Sasha actually comes right up to me and begs. And of course my deck is a haven for all of my flowers--geraniums, hibiscus and of course my numerous orchids. This past week we had a monsoon type rain. Usually by this time of year the creek has pretty much dried up and you can actually walk or jump across to the other side. Not this year! During the rainstorm, I looked out the back door and found this lovely egret taking refuge in a tree right across from me. So I guess, now you can understand why I never get tired of my deck. In fact, I think I'm going to grab an adult beverage and my book and head out there right now!!

8 comments:

maryt/theteach said...

How lovely these photos of your deck and the surrounding area. Very, very nice! Thank you for commenting at my post on Seymour Kaftan's Ponary paintings... :)

sue in mexico mo said...

What a lovely and fun view you have! I can't tell from the photos, do you have to worry about high water during heavy rains?

Queen-Size funny bone said...

ok I like everything but the snake.

Snowbird said...

Sue, the flooding problem comes from the street not from the creek. The creek is connected to a flood gate which drains into canals which drain into the bay. We had another really heavy rain a couple of weeks ago and they did let some water out.

o2binsanibel said...

I love to read about your deck...after all your deck is on Sanibel...what could be better?!! Thanks for letting us on to your deck...I have become a regular visitor...right there between Donny and Marie!!

ღ Alice ღ ™ said...

Cute little dove but I could forget the snake. I love the view you have,you are so lucky. I didnt know how beautiful it was & the orchid...I want one but Id kill it,not good at all. My in laws on the other hand have a Orchid house but your orchid looks so much more prettier.

gpc said...

Love it -- and, although I feel sorry for myself enjoying it on a computer screen, at least no snake will pop up through my keys (eek!) and I don't have to worry about those mosquitoes hatching! Just kidding, it is so beautiful there, I envy you.

JoJo said...

Now that is paradise!:-) Love your deck and critters and wish my orchids were half as lovely! grrrrr ;-)