Last week Ted and I sat in the back yard and watched a parade of birds eating from the grapes and the Mountain Ash.
This Mountain Ash was planted by birds. I found it and moved it here in front of the neighbors wall which encloses the south side of our back yard. I don’t know if it is the American or European variety.
Spring brings small white flowers. Summer brings orange berries that the birds love. I love this little tree. It has the prettiest copper looking bark.
Beautiful shiny bark. The birds ate every berry off the tree.
Cedar waxwings are expert berry pickers. The robins seemed to drop more than they could eat.
The robins congregated in the grape vines and ash tree. Then took advantage of the pond and bird baths.
Group bath time.
It was hard to catch this little bird. I think it is a catbird. It is dark grey with a bit of rust color under this tail feathers. Later the same day, I was hand-watering out back and a little humming bird circled me 3 times! He stopped in mid air to check me out! What an amazing moment! I had the camera with me, but I didn’t want to scare him. And yet I managed a bit of a picture.
You can just barely see him. The sunshine squash is climbing the juniper tree. The juniper will draw birds this winter and early spring. Do you know what kind of insect is in the following picture? It looks like a huge black wasp.
Under the wings is an orange stripe. The tomato is Black Krim. Please let me know.