This bluejay wakes me up at 5am with its loud and not very musical call. He regularly patrols my yard often finding refuge in my huge Cecile Brunner rose.
Recently I spotted another one with him, maybe a couple. Oh well, my peaceful garden will be louder early in the morning...
... but I can't really complain when he is so beautifully color-coordinated with most of my plantings :).
This poor squirrel really misses the tree that fell down in a storm. It used to run up and down the trunk almost every day, entertaining my children.
I can't say I am very sorry for it though because I am really pretty tired of digging out sprouting acorns from my lawn. My garden just isn't big enough for a whole forest of oak trees :).
Many people know that hummingbirds are fiercely territorial. Ours doesn't just fight visiting hummers, he tries to boss us around too.
He makes regular rounds of the yard to make sure everything is to his satisfaction. The other night when we were having our first dinner outside he came and hovered over the table, probably to make sure we were not eating any honeysuckle or lavender.
If he catches me pruning lavender or salvias he raises a very loud racket. I can hear how agitated and angry he is at my cutting down his dinner. He really is the boss.
On the other hand, he is fearless and lets me get pretty close. He often comes and takes a drink from the hose spray as I water the roses. One day we just sat quietly together and I took those close-up pictures. It felt almost like having a conversation.
Some sparrows made a nest in my Cecile Brunner rose. It is big and I am sure they feel safely hidden inside. In the evenings we can see them flying all over it eating aphids off the buds. Thank you little sparrows!
I am afraid I am not so good about bird identification as I am about roses, and I don't know who this is checking out my Rosette Delizy.
It was quickly scared away by our patrolling bluejay, but we see it again, every now and then, although not so close any more. The bluejay is ever vigilant...