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What I see in my backyard...

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    Many Americans have nice backyards, with landscaping, seating areas, pools, gazebos, grills and such. The front yards are often landscaped, but most people hang out in the backyard. At my houses, we keep our garbage cans in the side yard. We have only a few gardening tools, because we hire out the yard work, and those tools are kept in the garage. (Many people store stuff in their garages, and some have three-car garages or more.) I don't know anyone who hangs out laundry; we use washers and dryers.
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    Ok this is one of the kangaroos, just learnt how to attach photo, will find the bird tomorrow
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    That is so cool! Thanks for sharing
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    Wonderful photo Clermont!

    Nothing quite like seeing a mob of kangaroos on the flying hop!

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    Hi Stranding, thank you for your thoughts on this thread. I am really pleased to see all the different animals, bugs, etc we all see in our backyard. Our Backyard here in the States is nicely described by Czevski and KayKayKay. My backyard has a walkout patio which is surrounded by my flower garden and and bird feeders. We also have a vegetable garden along the back of the house as well. We have a 2 car garage attached, which holds...cars, garden equipment etc. We also have people manage our lawn like what Kay said earlier...just makes it easier with our work schedules.

    I have managed to capture some pics of our hummingbirds in action yesterday...finally. This one kept coming back to our feeder. I am afraid that he has scared the others away. We have a 2nd feeder which a brown hummingbird approach it but never lands .... At least we don't see it ourselves. These birds are tiny and fast!!



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    ...@ Clermont...I really love the kangaroo pics!! I was hoping to see a few of those and maybe some Koalas! Love the animals that you and Leelai share in your beautiful Country! Can't wait to see the bird pic!!
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    We have some hummingbird feeders but no hummingbirds ever come to them :( if I ever see them, I'll try and get a picture ;)
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    Wonderful photos Ski....you did well to get those photos!

    So so cute!!

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    Thanks, Leelai...these hummingbirds have really been a joy to watch!! Makes me smile! :)
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    I see blue skies from my back garden, for a change......

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    Very blue skies indeed!! We have rain here now!

    Love the Weather Vane you have there!!
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    I am so amazed that you have humming birds in Michigan! Thought they were found only in the tropics.
    The photos are wonderful! This one has a really striking, wide red collar. Do you get lots of different ones come?

    And what do they eat from your al fresco "diner"?? Do you put out sugar or honey?

    It's also surprising to hear they would frighten other birds away, especially as they are so tiny (or that's what I thought). Are they aggressive?
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    Thanks, mum loved it so placed it on her sun house :). It always seems to rain in Wales, so I'm happy we have sun, for a change.
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    Glad you said that because I might have needed to for you:):)
    Agree about the weather vane. Nice.
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    I carried this fir tree home from school as a seedling,when in Kindergarten, now it's about 75' tall!

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    That's a really nice memory!

    And what a beauty it is!

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    You are a sweet daughter for doing that! I am sure she enjoys seeing that, Hayz!! :)

    That is grand, Scifan!! Those firs grow so tall and quickly! We have several in back...and they are getting huge!! I worry about the high winds and all...we had one break in half after a bad storm hit in the summer 10 years ago. Chopped the top right off and screwed itself to the grass! Was a real bugger trying to take it out!!
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    Sorry, Stranding...must have missed your post earlier.

    I actually make my sugar water. I boil a 2 cups of water than add 1/2 cup of sugar until it dissolves. The most common one we have here is the Ruby red throat hummingbird, but we also have a brown one flying around. Not sure if that is the female version, but we don't think so. I guess that hummingbirds can become very territorial...which I have seen a few scare others away from our feeder. That is why we bought another one, but they don't come by that one hardly.
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    Oh, but we need it here in our Great State. We have some serious drought problems for our local Farmers!
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    Yes we have, you are right, but I just miss the sunshine and the swimming and bonfires

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