Your Holler Friends~

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Check out the critters who dropped by The Holler in the last week or so.

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Grosbeaks are building nests all over Hollerdom.
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Red winged blackbirds are new arrivals and are hopefully nesting too.
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The orioles own the place, and their distinctive hanging nests are up and going.

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Yep, we put out a snoopy toddler pool for wildlife watering.
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Wily E. sniffed it a bit and helped himself mid-day, soon after we filled it! Cheeky wily one.

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Osprey came to check out all the action.
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Maybe he followed the bald eagle.

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One Ceanothus Moth typically shows up each year, usually in May. This one was early and had a five-inch wingspan!
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Cheers to your from your Holler critter friends~

285 thoughts on “Your Holler Friends~

  1. Lovely shots, Cindy, though I confess the coyote scares me a bit. He looks sort of on the raggedy side, doesn’t he? And yikes, look at the beak on that osprey!!

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    • Yes, there are both formidable predators, of course no where near as ruthless as humans. We have several packs of coyotes out here, with a n of probably around 50 or so coyotes. When I first moved here, I was afraid of the packs. Now we coexist. Still I wouldn’t walk out here alone at night, no way.

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  2. Bonsoir CINDY merci pour ce beau partage en photos
    Je viens te chanter un air d’amitiΓ©
    Celui-ci ,je l’ai Γ©coutΓ© et je viens te le fredonner

    TITRE
    Mon chant d’amitiΓ©
    Celui sait transformΓ© en une douce mΓ©lodie
    Dans ses mots on pouvait entendre le refrain


    Belle soirΓ©e Γ  toi et ta famille

    Une belle semaine
    avec une bise de douceur
    Bernard

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  3. Mind blowing. Don’t know how you do it, both knowing each species and getting those photos. My favorite is how you provide water for the wildlife… Lovely.

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  4. The Holler is really blooming and is a reat joy to see.

    Perhaps your new camera will show it’s worth with more difficult shots such as low light and/or fast shutter speeds. I hope it gives you ease of use at least. πŸ˜€

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    • I used it today and can’t see much difference and of course it lacks equivalent telephoto. We are crossing the pond again in a few weeks and I am hoping it will do better in non-zoom city situations.

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      • I hope it proves worthwhile and you have a good trip. I’ve alerted the ports and ordered a tidy-up for your visit. πŸ˜€

        Unfortunately some of the best places to photograph, like the Buckingham Palace State Rooms, are not available for photography. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of others though. πŸ˜€

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  5. I love your moth and the toddler pool for wildlife. I did the opposite – I used a kiddie pool to keep raccoons off of my bird feeder. The birds want to eat too, and the raccoons already had plenty of goodies on the ground. Love the pics!

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      • Oh it is way stranger than that. I turned it upside down, made a hole in the middle, and slid it over the pole with the feeder. It sits under the feeder held up by a bracket and acts as a baffle to keep the raccoons from climbing up the pole. Not the most attractive setup, but I finally found something that works!

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  6. Beautiful photos, Cindy! Thank you for your many visits to my blog…I do appreciate your presence! I have been a bit overwhelmed with LIFE…and not reciprocating visits as I should. You always have beauty to share! I shared your post on my FB and Google Pages. When I read about the Orioles and their “distinctive hanging nests”—I recalled an NPR program I was listening to while driving yesterday. The lady presenting was speaking about her new book, GENIUS OF BIRDS…she was saying how birds plant seeds in thousands of places and can REMEMBER where they stored the seeds and retrieve them! I am not sure of the spelling, but from my listening I thought her name is Jennifer Ackermann. I thought you might enjoy the book if you can find it. Have a great day and thank you again for your many visits and likes on my posts! Blessing to you!

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    • I would enjoy the book and will try and find it. Science is now bursting with published studies on bird intelligence. Scientists are studying their cognitive abilities, communication skills, memory, navigational abilities, their emotional intelligence cross species, their “awareness of self in universe,” and their ability to synchronize flying with hundreds of other birds. (They are actually looking at non-verbal, read psychic communication to explain the later). Scientists are referring to birds as “feathered-apes.”
      It seems to have taken them a long time to finally catch up, but I am just glad they finally are.
      Thank you for your thoughtful re-blogs and your kind comments and no worries about visiting. Unfortunately sometimes, life sometimes does have priority over blogging! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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  7. Wonderful photos. It’s impossible for me to pick a favorite. We live in a suburb and hear coyotes at night. A few have been spotted in the neighborhood. The orioles and robins have made their appearance here.

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  8. So beautiful, Cindy. I always share your photos with hubby and keep saying I’ve got to get a camera like yours. But I’m not naive enough to think it’s the camera! You have quite the talent. Love the coyote shots and the distant shots of the Holler in the background!

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  9. I’m mired in mountain, bird, coyote envy…what a fantastical, beautiful place to live. I’m going to get Baron a kiddy pool to wade in this summer πŸ™‚

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  10. EGADS!!!! I’m in love with Wiley Coyote at the kid’s pool. Your shots are beyond beautiful! I may have already commented, but I don’t care, because…. EGADS!!!
    Also, I’m doing 12 hour days right now, I’m wildly exhausted, and everyting is a blur.

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    • I thought the Snoopy bit was wildlife sensitive and I am so glad you agree Resa! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ I am hoping the mountain lions will want to tak a closer look at Snoopy-dog. Cheers to you Resa and sweet dreams~ ❀

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  11. A long time ago, I remember seeing one of the oriole nests which are so unusual. The birds are beautiful but this time the scrawny coyote captured my ❀ , Cindy! The swimming pool of water for Wily E. or friends is so nice of you to do. πŸ™‚

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    • I have learned to value and coexist with the Wily E’s. When I first moved here I was scared of them and of the rattlesnakes. Now I just step over the rattlers, and take photos of the coyotes! The Holler has learned me good! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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  12. The spring song out your window must be like a whole choir rejoicing. I adore listening to the birds. I installed a water dish for the deck railing near a feeder. So far daily sparrows and a few chickadees one day last winter. Nothing as colourful as you see, but I love their songs. It’s totally awesome that you’ll put out a pool for Wiley or anything else wandering by, I love that ! x B

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