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Photo Challenge ~ Backyard Visitors – or – Mr. Toad’s Photo Shoot

My new container garden is attracting a few visitors already! I’ve seen lots of butterflies and other tiny critters fluttering about; and there is a fat little toad living in the marigolds. He seems to like spending most of his time dug down into the dirt of the marigold pot but once in a while he comes out to play. I think he has a lot of fun romping around the gravel and hanging out in the tipped over flower-pot; which is where I found him yesterday afternoon. I guess he was in the mood for a photo shoot because hung around striking one pose after another for several minutes before heading back into the marigolds.


I hope he invites a few friends to visit his summer home; I’ve heard we are expected to have a lot of bugs about over the next few months because of the mild winter.


Photo Challenge – Backyard Visitors – March 2012

It has been a great week for birdwatching in my backyard; the cardinals have been about a little more than usual. Just about the only regular visitors I haven’t seen this week are the Downy Woodpeckers. But then again I have run out of their favorite seed cake.

I have done my best to identify all these feathery friends using the book that #7 gave me and a quick google search but there is one that I couldn’t even come up with a guess for. I’ve labled them with what I’m fairly sure they are but if anyone thinks differently let me know in the comments!

I hope you are all enjoying the visitors in your backyard this spring.

American Tree Sparrow

American Tree Sparrow

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Female House Finch

Male House Finch

Male House Finch

Sparrow Silhouette

House Sparrow

Male Cardinal

Female Cardinal

Common Grackle

Mourning Dove