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Songbird Sightings

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

A Northern Mockingbird, juvenile male Northern Cardinal, a sweet Morning Dove, and a Palm Warbler in the grass were all spotted along my street this last weekend.  Not much going on other than the big wading birds and ducks on the ever-shrinking local park lakes (I have seen a large number of Seagulls in recent days on the water).  It has been quite windy and cooler here.  We are also in a drought which is not helping matters.  Hopefully rain is in the forecast here in coming days.  Wishing everyone a very happy 2017!  Happy birding!

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Cool Fun (and Grub) for the Birds

Bluebird, House Finches

Bluebird, House Finches

Songbirds such as Eastern Bluebirds, and House Finches enjoy the refreshing cool waters of the bird bath.  One of my neighbors has a bird bath next to the really nice bird feeding station that they have set up.  I know the little birds are enjoying the cool water and refreshments quite a lot.  It was 93 degrees F. here yesterday.

A small group of young Morning Doves like the tasty bird seeds that fall from the tray feeder (I also have spotted one of the doves up on the tray feeder itself).   I enjoyed watching the birds’ splash party!  It is such a nice thing for homeowners to include food and water for the songbirds in their front or backyard landscape!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.

Finches at the feeder

Finches at the feeder

Morning Dove

Morning Dove

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird Female

 

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Bluebird and House Finch

Bluebird and House Finch

Thirsty Crows

 

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It is really getting hot here in North-central Florida!  These Common Crows really know how to cool off and enjoy a refreshing drink.  Fortunately my neighbor has a nice, shaded, bird bath that is full of water.  It is the same spot where I had previously photographed a bunch of American Robins bathing and splashing.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

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American Robins in the Bird Bath!

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Rub-a-dub-dub, Robins in the tub!  A large flock of American Robins (members of the Thrush bird family) arrived in my neighborhood on Feb. 21, 2015.  These are migratory birds in my neighborhood.  I am so glad they are here!

My next door neighbor’s bird bath has been extra-popular with this bunch of Robins.  They came in waves to drink and bath in the cool water.  Yesterday was a warm day here where I live so the Robins had a lot of fun splashing themselves and the other birds on the rim of the decorative concrete bird bath.  I took these pictures both in the morning and the afternoon on Feb. 22, 2015.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Small Songbirds

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmice, a lone Carolina Chickadee, a solitary male Northern Cardinal, and a mystery bird, likely a Palm Warbler but maybe it is a Blue-headed Vireo, were all spotted in the last week here near my home in Marion County, Florida.

That Northern Cardinal was sitting on the top of what I used to refer to as “The Woodpecker Colony” in a seldom used cattle pasture near one of the entrance gates to this housing development.  The Titmice are residents of the yards here at my house and the Chickadee is a frequent visitor.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Palm Warbler?  Vireo?

Palm Warbler? Blue-headed Vireo?

Palm Warbler?  Blue-headed Vireo?

Palm Warbler? Blue-headed Vireo?

 

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Carolina Chickadee

Carolina Chickadee

 

Rub-A-Dub-Dub, A Titmouse in the Tub!

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I took this series of photographs of the Tufted Titmouse taking its bath yesterday, February 11, 2013 from my front porch.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Bathing Beauty

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Bluebirds love to splash in bird baths!  The weather here was much warmer than usual on the day I took these pictures, so the birds were taking full advantage of my neighbor’s bird bath.  Nothing soothes a hot bird better than cool fresh water.  I am happy to see Eastern Bluebirds here again.  But, there are dangerous hawks about so the little birds need to remain vigilant.

Eastern Bluebirds are gorgeous blue buff and apricot birds.  They are small but do a lot of good catching insects.  The bluebirds enjoy flying insects, worms, and nearly every other kind of smaller insect found in most yards.  A few neighbors here have established nesting houses so I am pretty confident that the bluebirds will be around for a long time.  The large number of crows are doing their best to chase off hawks when those come by(twice this week alone!).  I took these pictures on Dec. 26, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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