Thursday, March 26, 2015

Trees are Blooming! March 26-27, 2015

Good Fences
Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA













Spring is here!  The Ornamental Pear trees are beginning to bloom, but other (more prudent) trees are waiting awhile. The evergreen trees in the background are Pines.  This fence is at least twice as long as the section you see here, and looks good in all seasons.

Sky Watch Friday
Ornamental Pear trees, March 24, 2015, Booneville, Mississippi, USA












We have had beautiful sunny skies all week, with only a few clouds.


Have a Beautiful Day!


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Killdeer, March 25, 2015

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wildflower Wednesday

Wild Bird Wednesday and
ABC Wednesday - K is for Killdeer, an American plover that has two black bands around the upper chest.
Killdeer, Charadrius vociferous, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, March 11, 2015














Killdeer are permanent residents across the southeastern United States.  Though they are considered shore birds, they are often found inland near lakes and ponds.  Their breeding range includes the entire United States and most of Canada. 











Killdeer eat beetles, grasshoppers, boll weevils, ants, caterpillars, dragonflies, spiders, snails, centipedes, ticks, and worms. If near shallow water, they may catch and eat small shellfish. They build their nests on the ground, and their young are capable of some independent activity as soon as they hatch. They can fly 25 days after hatching.











Their call is a shrill kill-dee, kill-dee or killdeer, killdeer.


Wildflower Wednesday
Spring Beauty, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, March 24, 2015










This tiny bit of perfection is the wildflower Spring Beauty, Claytonia virginica. 
Happy Wildflower Wednesday!


Have a Wonderful Day!

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring! March 23, 2015

Daffodils, Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, March 19, 2015
 
Have a Beautiful Day!

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, March 2015

Northeast Mississippi, US, zone 7
This past month has been rain, rain, and more rain, interrupted now and then by sleet and snow.  But the weatherman has promised sunshine for tomorrow!

Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA














Almost all the daffodils are in full bloom.  I hope that I will have a few late-blooming ones to show for April.













I don't remember the name of these beauties.  Their stems are not as strong as the others, and the rain has bent them over.

Double Daffodils










This double Daffodil is commonly called 'Butter and Eggs.'  As you can see, the buds are really green, but they bloom out a rich buttery yellow.


Hellebores











We call these Hellebores 'Lenten Roses.'  As the season progresses their colors will fade but they will still be beautiful.


Tree buds









I believe this tree is a Red Maple.  I really need to learn more about the trees I have here.

Spirea shrub







The Spirea is going to burst into bloom at any minute!

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Red-Tailed Hawk, March 14, 2015

Lee county, Mississippi, USA


I finally got a photo of a Red-Tailed Hawk that clearly shows his reddish-brown tail.  This tall dead tree is alongside the highway north of Tupelo.  It seems to be a favorite perch for hawks scanning the ground looking for their next meal.

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

WBW - Mockingbirds, March 10-11, 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday, ABC Wednesday, and Outdoor Wednesday


Wild Bird Wednesday
Northern Mockingbird
February 24, 2015, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

The Northern Mockingbird's scientific name, Mimus polyglottos, means many-tongued mimic.  They are excellent imitators of other bird's songs.  Their range covers much of the United States and the extreme southeastern parts of Canada.

Northern Mockingbird

They can be found in residential areas, parks, and open country with thickets. For nesting they build a cup of sticks and weed stems in a bush or low tree.  They usually raise 2 or 3 broods per season.

 








They eat insects, worms, spiders, fruit, frogs, lizards, and small snakes.  You can attract Mockingbirds by planting berry-producing plants, providing water, and hanging suet feeders.


ABC Wednesday
I is for Inclement: cold, wet


I think inclement is too mild a term for last Thursday's sleet that covered the ground with a solid sheet of ice.  Businesses and schools were closed.  Thankfully it began to melt the next day.






Our dog loved it!  She would roll over on her back, wiggling back and forth to slide around on the ice.  It was so funny to watch!

Prentiss county, Mississippi, March 5, 2015
 












Outdoor Wednesday
Hardin county, Tennessee, USA








I saw this interesting bird house near the Tennessee River.

Have a wonderful day!


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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Tree Following, March 2015

Lucy at Loose and Leafy has a great meme called Tree Following that opens on the 7th of each month.  The idea is to select one tree and take photos of it once a month, following it for a whole year as it goes through the seasons.  I am following a "Bradford" Ornamental Pear, Pyrus calleryana, that grows in my yard.

Prentiss county, Mississippi, USA, March 6, 2015

A native of China and Viet Nam, the Ornamental Pear was introduced into the United States to beautify city streets and parks with Spring blooms and Autumn leaf color.  Although they are resistant to disease, there is a problem - the branches are prone to break during storms.  Last year this one lost a section on the right side that left a large scar.  I am anxious to see how it survives this year.

Ornamental Pear fruit, January 2, 2015

The fruits are very small and hard.  However, after they are softened by frost, the birds feast on them.

Buds, March 6, 2015

February was very cold with snow and ice, but the buds seem to be okay.  I am hoping it will be in bloom for the April Tree Following post.

Have a beautiful day!


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