The new bird is Blue Bunting. It must have been brought in on the winds of a massive thunderstorm we had last night - this make the three storms in the last week plus. All three have been starting at the border of TX and Mexico. The Rio Grande River which runs the entire Texas border from the Gulf of Mexico to El Paso where New Mexico and Texas borders meet.
My bird books do say the Blue Bunting is found in Texas. I have never seen one, so I am giving the storm the benefit of the doubt. What a surprise... good thing I was wearing my new glasses - they did allow me to see the smallest details. Lovely, really a lovely little bird.
Charlie has a vet appointment this afternoon. It is possible that he has either had a number of fire ant bites, and or a rash from his fleas. Which are almost gone. He is eating fine, not acting different in any way.
I have been using the wipes Gwen, you recommend, they seem to help. The fleas are dying from the Frontline but it takes a while to get in Charlies blood stream. I am using the flea comb and the wipes together - every time he starts nibbling anywhere. The comb is great, it works very well. The wipes sooth him as well has work on the fleas.
Anyway. Charlie is getting all his vacs today and his Heartworm test and Pills. An overall check up. The rash bothers me, but Charlie has a history of skin allergies.
He was on Front line from the time he was 4 months old... and never a problem. I'm taking all his stuff... meds, shampoos etc for the vet to have a look at.
With all the rain it has been hard to keep Charlie from romping through the tall grasses that are now two feet tall. SIGH. This was to be the week I moved - every day - for the yard is quite big.
But that will have to wait.
The day is clear and a touch cool this morning. The sky is bright blue with puffy clouds floating northwards. Perfect walking weather.
Or flying weather. I ordered from Chewy on Tuesday and most of my order arrived yesterday while I was in town.. The new driver did not put the boxes in the bench. He is due back to day with my hummingbird items. I bought two new hummer feeders and a large supply of Hummer feeder and powdered nector.
Both feeders are glass for my front porch. The two plastic ones will be hung outback. One of the new ones is blue glass, the other red tinted glass.
I have so many for I now have over a dozen hummingbirds living here. While waiting for my ride to town, I watch 5 or 6 of them fight it out over the two feeds on the front porch. I was sitting right there and they would chase each other off. I saw four different breeds of hummers. I will look them up. Two were regulars but two were new to me... they didn't come in on the storm as I have seen them for over a week.
The uphill squirrel has been hanging mout on the bird feeder. It is ok for it is not interested in the tiny bird seed. Rather he enjoys Chance's leftover big seed and the peanuts Chance shows no interest in. It is the squirrel with the tail whose last 3 inches look like it was mangled. It lives in the trees it reaches via the electric line from the mail pole to my up hill neighbors oaks and other trees.
once it has gotten what it can it leaves and the down hill squirrels - yep plural - come and chow down. Apparently there is a pair. They argue a bit but seem to feel ok about sharing.
With Dgs birds here I have lots of leftovers from them as well and toss that out on to the back yard. All the bigger bird types: doves and Cardinals and Wrens seem to enjoy spending hours pecking at the lawn. I certainly enjoy watching them.
This morning a single young buck was behind the fence at the top of my retaining wall. My desk chair looks on level with the mid point of the hill. Allowing the buck to see me at my desk. I noticed he has been around for the last few days. Alone. I think he is attempting to put together a herd of his own and was probably one of the babies earlier this year.
I decided to walk out on the porch to watch him. Charlie was oblivious to him. Surprise! SO I was on the front porch and he looked up. I walked off the porch to the driveway. Nothing, no reaction. SO I strolled down the drive towards the back yard. I made it all the way to where I was even with him. We both stood quietly taking each other in. I must have moved for he took off with a leap and was gone. They are so beautiful Their eyes so big and round and it is easy to just fall in to a spell when they look back. What gentle creatures they seem. These critter experiences are each gifts. Lovely, lovely moments in time.
Oh, while watching the hummers yesterday I had two Chameleons doing their war or mating dance on the beams of the porch roof. LOL What a day.
Hope you have critter experience of your own with a critter from your neck of the woods.
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