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A wildlife weekend

The other morning, it was really nice outside, but I was sitting at my desk working. I came to the realization that I should relocate my laptop to the patio underneath the shade of the apple tree instead of being in the house. So, that is what I did.

Not long after I went outside, I saw an animal approach out of the corner of my eye. He stopped not more than 10 yards away, next to my son’s parked car. The young coyote picked up a dropped apple and trotted off to the center of the yard to eat it.

Having only my cell phone camera, I took several dozen shots before the coyote wandered off. Not thinking he would be back, I kept writing and did not bother to get up to get the camera.

That was a mistake as he soon returned, seemingly oblivious to me sitting quietly nearby.

Though I did finally go inside to get the camera, the coyote did not return for a third course of apples.

However, then having the camera, with a much better lens, allowed me to get this shot of one of the two hummingbirds that seem to very much enjoy the red flowers that ring the patio. Interestingly, one of the two makes a chirping sound as he eats.

Coming inside, I could see the five hen turkeys that frequent the area, scratching around just outside the kitchen window on the back of the house. They were feasting on the sunflower seeds that the regular feeding birds drop on the ground.

Earlier, a doe and her two fawns came by for an apple snack. I only got a blurry photo of one of the fawns through the screen.

In other words, it has really been a wildlife kind of week.

I close with the following photo, which was taken by Joanne Bourbon of Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos. When in Springfield to watch the Cardinals a couple of weeks ago, I went down to the stands to talk with Joanne and her husband Ted.

While doing so, I could not resist the urge to snap a few photos at the Double-A Cardinals players at bat. Joanne turned her camera on me, with the result below.

Regulars should not worry as the subject tomorrow will be back to Cardinals baseball.

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6 Responses to “A wildlife weekend”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    There are pitchers on the market, like Dan Haren and Bedard. We shall see how Lyons pitches tomorrow.

  2. blingboy says:

    Haren has been a reliable workhorse and has held up well. He may continue to hold up well, but his prime is in the rearview mirror. He will be 33 at the end of the season. This will likely be his last chance to sign a big contract. Somebody will pay him based on what he has done rather than what is likely to do. Hope it is not the Cards.

    Bedard would probably sign cheep for a shot to pitch in post-season. But why would we want him? Might as well keep Westbrook.

  3. blingboy says:

    Enjoyed the wildlife pictures. Coincidently, a few days ago I saw a hummingbird in the yard for the first time in many years.

  4. blingboy says:

    I like our chances vs Reds with Lyons, Mighty Joe and Wainwright.

  5. blingboy says:

    Brian, that photo of the hummingbird is really excellent. You should submit it to the Missouri Conservationist. I bet it would make one of the upcoming issues.

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