This young grackle has the right idea. He had a very messy bath and then flew off into the trees. Very hot and humid today. We went for our walk very early again this morning. I had a few errands to do in town and then back home again to try and stay cool.
This young cardinal stayed on the deck railing eating sunflower seeds for a few minutes so I was able to get some great photos.
Here he is in the maple tree being fed by Dad. This little family spends part of each day here eating. From what I have read it is the male who feeds the young while the female raises the next batch of eggs.
My Mum gave me this bird book a few years ago. It is the one our family used when I was growing up. It always sat on the dining room windowsill as the bird feeders were right outside the window. My Dad and I loved to watch the birds in the winter. My Mum phoned me very early the morning my Dad died to tell me of his passing. I stood at the window talking to her and I looked at our back fence. The whole top of the fence was lined with mourning doves, my Dad favourite bird. It was very comforting.
Here is a silly picture of Butterscotch. but I wanted you to see how long her tail is. Isn't it crazy?
We went to the Garden Centre quickly this morning. I managed to get this photo of the black fish in the indoor Koi pond. Very pretty.
Meanwhile poor old Chippy looks a little stunned in the heat. As I write this it is 2:00 p.m and it is 80+ degrees. Too hot for me. Time to go get a Fudgsicle!