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Imageplantladylin
Jul 19, 2010 8:06 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
I never could get real good pictures of one. We don't see them very often or for very long but had large flocks of them for a few weeks this past February. They would perch together in the trees but one takes off and the whole crew quickly follows so it was hard to get good pictures of them.


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Your picture is worthy of framing!


ImageRidesredmule
Jul 20, 2010 6:57 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Those are pretty good. My problem is hummers darting here and there. Only got one good pic. But i'm still trying.
Imageplantladylin
Jul 25, 2010 5:27 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
I spent the weekend with some friends at their place on the water and thought I'd share a couple of pictures I got while there.

The first picture is an adult Great Blue Heron, second is the nest with two juveniles and the third picture is a family of Florida Sandhill Cranes (two adults and a juvenile).

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ImageRidesredmule
Jul 25, 2010 5:29 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
I love Sand Hill cranes, they fly over here when they are migrating. They make so much noise.
Beautiful.
Imageirisarian
Jul 25, 2010 9:39 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I saw my first sandhill cranes in Wisconsin in June.
Imageplantladylin
Jul 26, 2010 10:45 AM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
I love the Sandhill's too, such neat looking birds!

The Sandhill's in my photo are the Florida Sandhill (non-migratory) that are here year round. We also see the Greater Sandhill Cranes here in Florida during the winter months when they migrate south to escape cold weather in other regions.
ImageLindaTX8
Aug 1, 2010 9:32 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
On the nest...barn swallows, I believe!

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ImageWild_Rose
Aug 1, 2010 10:03 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
I haven't posted in a while... so sorry!

Having a little fun tonight...

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Instead of running after perfection, why not simply walk in faith?
Imageplantladylin
Aug 2, 2010 10:44 AM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Linda, that is so cute ... is it two babies on the left in the nest? Sure looks like little ones!

Karen: That is so funny! Hilarious! I know the Peacock's are always gorgeous with those beautiful tail feathers but the female is pretty in her own way too ... and hopefully picky as to the mate she chooses! That's the perfect caption for that photo!

I was out in the yard this morning and at from a distance thought this was a Mockingbird. Once I uploaded it I realized it wasn't a Mocker ... thinking it's a Loggerhead Shrike with that curved beak:

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Imageboojum
Aug 2, 2010 10:48 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Great picture. What a fine fellow. Love it when I see them when I travel...
ImageLindaTX8
Aug 2, 2010 11:23 AM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
I was a little confused by that. Seems like one was definitely an adult bird, but the other two were different sizes. Some friends of ours have a barn swallow nest on their covered deck....lucky them. But this one was at a business. Nice shrike pic...I don't usually see them.
Imageplantladylin
Aug 2, 2010 1:06 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
I guess bird kids can be just like human kids when it comes to size. Big Grin We have young friends who have twin girls and one has always been a bit bigger than her sister, LOL.

This is the first Loggerhead Shrike I've ever seen ... cool looking bird but the resident backyard birds were raising a ruckus because of it being in the area ... it's a predator and eats rodents, insects, lizards etc. but also eats smaller birds!
Imageirisarian
Aug 3, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
They are not in our area so enjoy seeing the picture.
Imageplantladylin
Aug 3, 2010 2:56 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
This afternoon I heard the Jays and other birds making a loud ruckus again ... this is what they were hollering about today: A hawk stopped by for lunch ... a little Cardinal. Crying It is sad but all part of nature.Thumb of 2010-08-03/plantladylin/61cb5e
Imageplantladylin
Aug 4, 2010 4:37 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Had another juvenile hawk visitor this morning. I thought it was the same as the one yesterday but this one was identified as a juvenile Red-shouldered hawk. He stayed in the backyard from 7:30 this morning until 11:00 then began calling and I heard another hawk calling about a block away. He soon took off in that direction screeching as he flew ... probably found mama!

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Imageboojum
Aug 4, 2010 5:49 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Not as dramatic but an infrequent visitor today. This is a Carolina wren. We have many birdhouses with house wrens all summer but only see this guy now and then, usually in fall. Uh-oh!
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Imageplantladylin
Aug 4, 2010 7:18 PM CST
Name: Linda (Lin) Vosbury
Daytona Beach, Florida
Boo: He is a cutie! I love the Carolina Wrens! We've had a couple of them around this summer ... they are supposed to be common here, but I've rarely seen them in the 43 years I've been in Florida. Their song is so sweet and I love to watch them flit about.
ImageRidesredmule
Aug 5, 2010 7:00 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
They will fuss at you, it is so cute. I love them.
Imageboojum
Aug 5, 2010 9:05 AM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
My house wrens are the same. They tell you what's what! Here's an older pic of a fledgling.
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ImageRidesredmule
Aug 5, 2010 9:37 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
So cute!! Love it!!

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