Mutual Of Omaha’s?

Motor Man has said many times that it’s a wild kingdom around our yard. And my pictures today prove that he’s correct.

Actually, he snapped this picture Sunday of our little resident hummie, having a snack.

hummie at feeder 7-24-2016 8-12-48 PM

Later in the day, I spotted this creature out by the water.  I’m guessing it’s a juvenile waterfowl of some sort, perhaps a heron? Some of my readers may be able to identify it for me.

unknown waterfowl 7-24-2016 5-52-22 PM

Monday, mid-afternoon (when our heat index was around 110), I noticed a deer, helping herself to the bird bath.

having a drink 7-25-2016 12-49-55 PM

And, then, using it for a scratching post. (By the way, although the squirrel looks real enough, that’s part of the bird bath. However, we DO have our share of squirrels here in the wild kingdom.)

scratching 7-25-2016 12-49-49 PM

And, then, along comes baby to have a drink from the “kid’s water fountain”.

mom and fawn 7-25-2016 12-50-18 PM

Yesterday, after having the above photos loaded for today’s blog post, I happened to walk in the kitchen to find this:

2 big birds2 7-26-2016 4-09-47 PM

The mystery bird from photo # 2 was perched on our deck railing, and he’d brought a friend (see lower railing).  What’s concerning to me is that I have a hummingbird feeder on the shepherd’s hook.  Could they have been possibly stalking my hummies?  We just can’t have that.

As I moved in for a closer picture, I got this shot as mystery bird took flight.

bird in flight 7-26-2016 4-12-13 PM

And that concludes this week’s report from our wild kingdom. Who knows what may show up around here next?

~These Days Of Mine~

10 responses to “Mutual Of Omaha’s?

  1. WOW!!! You don’t have far to go for a nature walk, do you? It just comes to you. Mystery bird looks like a heron or egret – we’ve been have that discussion lately over some we’ve seen in the marshes around town. Maybe a bird watcher will let you know and settle the question. ….And the deer at the ‘watering holes’ – that’s precious. YES, I know they can be aggravating when they eat our plants, but they are cute in your pictures. I LOVE hummingbirds too.

  2. Well as long as it isn’t SNAKES showing up, I’d be happy with the variety you’re getting of all manner of critters…..I bet that mystery bird thought it was a bird feeder (the hummie feeder) and was looking for some seed….!


  3. Aw…I love the photos of the deer drinking. With this heat, I’m sure they’ll be back, Dianna. Love the hummie too!

  4. The first bird is a young Great Blue Heron. The mystery birds also look like juvenile herons. They could either be night herons or green herons if they were smaller than the first one. Remember the painting in my foyer of a mother heron and her babies? That was a Green Heron. I named it “Babies Only a Mother Can Love”. They were not real cute. I’ll send you a picture of the painting if I can find one. The painting is in storage till the TN house is finished. You captured some great wildlife moments!

  5. Never a dull moment there ! – Wild Kingdom as I always say!
    Stay tuned, right ??!!
    I had sort of wondered if those were juvenile herons..

  6. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Your Wild Kingdom is wonderful! Keep the pictures coming!

  7. I’ll stay tuned to this channel for sure, Dianna. You are way quicker at capturing your wild kingdom than I am. Usually, by the time I grab my camera, the wild critters have moved on.

  8. Delightful post! Love the fawn!

  9. Even though your flowers may suffer, I absolutely adore your wild kingdom of so many species of fowl and critters that visit. Your photos are gorgeous.
    The baby deer is so sweet. I don’t know what your mystery birds are, but they sure look comfortable visiting. Great photo of the one in flight. I hope they stay away from your hummies.

  10. You could start your own zoo! Interesting juvenile birds. The dangling legs in flight are puzzling, and there’s no crook in the neck in flight. Maybe those skills are yet to be developed in a young bird. I’m thinking yellow-crowned night heron on the last two, but not positive.

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