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Wordless Wednesday: A Chipping Sparrow

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I took these pictures of the little sparrow last week.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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A New Home for the Eastern Bluebird

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This male Eastern Bluebird was busy inspecting out a potential new home for itself and probably its mate.  The cozy tiny space was likely pecked-out by a busy woodpecker some weeks or months ago up in the heights of my backyard Live Oak Tree.  Winter is approaching and the bluebirds are eager to have their warm dry home.  I took these pictures yesterday, November 3, 2016.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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An Early Post on Northern Mockingbirds

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I am posting early and probably will not post tomorrow.  We will have a tropical storm or hopefully not, a hurricane around.  I live in Central Florida on the very Southern edge of where this storm from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to pass over Florida.  I do not expect trouble but our Internet service sometimes goes out in bad weather so I wanted to let you know why I am posting early.

I hope you will enjoy seeing this pair of Northern Mockingbirds that live here on my street and mostly in a nearby neighbor’s yard.  For awhile, I had hoped they would nest in my bushes but alas they did not.  The pair chose the neighbors shrubbery instead.  These birds are clever mimics and here love to confuse the residents with their sweet sounds of Northern Cardinals, and even Palm Warblers.  Ha!  Both birds of this pair, also do enjoy perching on the corner street sign.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  As ever, enjoy!  I doubt we will have a rough go during the storm.  Everything should be just fine and I will post again on Wed. as usual.

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Neighborhood Songbirds (Ibises, too!)

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House Finches, Morning Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, White Ibises, a Carolina Wren, and a male Northern Cardinal were all spotted in the past few days here on my street or in my yard.  A neighbor has a very popular bird feeder that is patronized by many of the birds I saw this week!

The White Ibis flock casually strolls the neighborhood’s streets in search of tasty bites of worms, insects and the like.  The Ibises are not here every day but do come by several times a month.  One of the ibises sure had a vividly red face, legs and feet, didn’t it?  We delight in seeing them!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  As ever, enjoy!

House Finch male

House Finch male

Morning Dove

Morning Dove

White Ibis

White Ibis

 

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Cardinal male

Northern Cardinal male

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

The Blue-grey Gnatcatcher

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This tiny cutie is a Blue-grey Gnatcatcher.  The Gnatcatchers are lovely useful migratory visitors here in my area of Central Florida.  These light grey birds flit around my Live Oak Trees trying to catch a Mosquito, “No-see-um”, or other small flying insects.

The Blue-grey Gnatcatcher is just about the same size as a Carolina Wren, or a Black-capped Chickadee.   I am very happy to have these little birds here!   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Birds, Birds, and More Birds

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Blue Jays, Carolina Wrens, Egrets and Ibises were all spotted here in my development in the last several days.  I was taking pictures around my yard a couple of days ago and spotted a pair of  Carolina Wrens and two Eastern Blue Jays. The Blue Jays were noisy sassy and flighty.  It was hard to take their picture because they kept darting into the shaded leafy areas of the Oaks.

Traveling a bit farther in my housing development, I watched Great Egrets, and adult and juvenile White Ibises at two different rainfall retention ponds here yesterday afternoon.  These ponds are drying up and only the largest water retention pond here, which is near the fitness center, has much water in it now.  That particular pond gets sprinkler irrigation run-off from surrounding lawn areas so it stays wet longer.  I took these pictures on July 28, 2014, and again on July 29, 2014.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Little Birds with Big Eyes

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The Tufted Titmouse is one of the cutest of the songbirds.  Titmice have arrived here with Carolina Wrens.  The Tufted Titmice are grey birds with large, appealing black eyes, a small crest on top of their head, and apricot coloring on their sides under the wings.  The Titmice eat insects but they love seeds fruits and nuts.

My neighbor has put up a bird feeder which has Sunflower Seeds and other bird seed.  I plan to add a bird feeder to my back yard.   In addition to having bird feeders up, the smaller birds may come around more often now that the neighborhood Hawk has recently been run-off by the Crows.   I took these pictures on September 29, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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