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I took these pictures of a pair of nesting Northern Cardinals on Monday, April 21, 2014 near my home.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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This tiny Carolina Chickadee is such a cute bird!  I took several pictures of this little chickadee yesterday afternoon at about 4:00PM.  The bird was feasting on a variety of bird seed at my next-door neighbor’s bird feeder.  I was really glad to see this bird.  I rarely see chickadees here.  The Carolina Chickadees eat seeds, small insects, nuts and fruits.  They really love the Black Sunflower Seeds, which seem to be an almost universally beloved seed for seed-eating small birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!

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Two Spring Songbirds

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A Northern Mockingbird and a Mourning Dove were pretty much the birds I had been able to photograph in the last couple of days (I did see some Crows, too).  The weather here has been very windy and cool.  I also believe that many of the birds are nesting and possibly, molting (seasonally changing feathers).

I took these pictures yesterday in the afternoon here in our development.  The Mourning Dove was standing on a decorative landscaping rock and periodically cooing, which is why in one picture, you see the bird’s throat puffed outward.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!  Have a very happy Easter!

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Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Wordless Wednesday: Crows

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These Common Crows were photographed in the last week here at the local park and along the street where I live.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Pond Turtles at the Park

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Turtles are really interesting creatures.  I spotted these smaller turtles basking on the bank of the small Koi pond at our local park.  As a few people came close to the group, the turtles decided to head to the water.  This was the first time I had seen a group of turtles at this pond.

I am not sure which kind of turtle these are.  They may be Box Turtles or maybe Sliding Turtles.  I think these reptiles are doing a great job of steering clear of the family of Great Blue Herons that share this scenic horticultural park.  I took these pictures on April 10, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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The Great Blue Herons in our nearby park have had chicks hatch!  I was really thrilled to see the little chicks raise their fuzzy heads up out of the stick nest, so I could take some pictures.  There were three chicks in one of the nests and two in the other.  Both nests are very close to the Koi fish pond and gazebo.

I have taken pictures of the adult Great Blue Herons here before and have shared the photographs on this blog.  The parent birds are likely the same herons who were chicks last year.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Alligators made themselves quite present in the two foot deep waters of the marsh at the Paynes Prairie State Preserve near Gainesville, Florida on Saturday, April 5, 2014.  I was there late in the afternoon when I spotted five adult and one older juvenile American Alligators.  I would not be surprised if there were many more Alligators around as I heard many bellow-like grunts from all over the acres.

This park is a very large place with most of the area I was near, swampy marshland.  It had rained several days earlier and the area looked flooded.  I think it is breeding season for the Alligators.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the thumbnail image.  Enjoy!

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