Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sun tanning.....



I walked by the stock pond by our house a couple of days ago and saw this turtle sunning himself on a rock so I just had to dash back to the house to click his picture. I was certain he'd plop back into the water by the time I returned, but no, he stayed. And he even let me get close enough to get a decent shot. Most of the time when I see turtles basking in the sun, they see me first and hide underneath the water. He must have been enjoying his sun tanning so much that I was the least of his concerns. Notice how stretched out he is and how he made his neck wide to soak in as much sun as possible.



Do you see Myrtle Turtle's head poking up through the water? I'll bet she'd like a turn on that rock too! Signs of spring!

We have the Western Painted Turtle up in our neck-of-the-woods. The shell bottom has a pretty yellow and red design that looks as though it is painted on. They like weedy freshwater ponds like we have.



Take a look at the bright yellow heads on these blackbirds. Bet you can't guess their names.....
Yellow-headed Blackbird. How original is that? That's how we name our animals here too. We once had a brown horse named "Browny" and the blue-gray tomcat is named "Blue." Blue's son carries the name "Blue's Revenge." Now, notice the blackbirds with the red/white wing patch. The male's patch is mostly red and they take the name Red-winged Blackbird (another original name). Click here to read more about the Yellow-headed Blackbird and hear the terrific call he has. I call the blackbirds the "Rock 'n' Roll Band" of the avian kingdom, you'll hear why.

6 comments:

  1. How lovely to have a turtle in your pond. I have never seen birds wiht the beautiful bright yellow. Clarice

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  2. I just came across your blog.(not really sure how). What a great blog. I love all your chickens. I wish we could have sweet farm animals. Sure that it is very hard work though. MISSY

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  3. I laugh every time I see your header! And your blackbirds are much prettier than ours! I have never seen yellow-headed ones and I think I might be byside myself if I did. Makes me wonder what other wonderful birds are out there that I never have even heard of. ~Leslie

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  4. Wow! I don't remember seeing a yellow-headed blackbird before. I'll have to pay more attention -- we see the red-winged ones all the time. I love little painted turtles. My youngest son and I saw one lay eggs once -- it's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. If only I'd had a camera!

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  5. Oh they are Beautiful! What a nice bright yellow! Pretty! Lucky you!:)
    Yippee Spring is here! I love hearing the birds sing every morning.
    Debbie

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  6. I love Yellow-Headed Blackbirds! We don't have them here; I've only seen them at Susan L.'s house. I think it would be hard to get used to thinking of them as ordinary. In fact, birding out west has made me look at our common Blue Jays in a whole new way. Which kind of jays to you have?

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