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A Social at the Bird Feeder

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Hen Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinals, House Finches and a couple of Mourning Doves were all partying at my neighbor’s patio bird feeder a few days ago.  We are seeing more and more migratory songbirds here so I am happy when I am able to get pictures of a group of these birds.  I took these pictures on Sunday, October 16, 2016.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

House Finches

House Finches

House Finches, Mourning Dove, Male Northern Cardinal

House Finches, Mourning Dove, Male Northern Cardinal

House Finches, Hen Northern Cardinal, Dove

House Finches, Hen Northern Cardinal

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Neighborhood Songbirds

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

It has been rainy here so I have not gotten out much but I did manage to snap a few pictures of birds on my street in recent days.  I spotted a tiny Carolina Wren enjoying the bird feeder that is in a neighbor’s yard.  I also took a picture of an Eastern Blue Jay perched on the top branches of a very tall tree near my home.  That picture was taken at dusk in very low light so I have lightened it quite a lot here.

The last two pictures were of a Mourning Dove and a couple of male Boat-tailed Grackles enjoying that very same bird feeder.  My neighbor’s feeder attracts many different birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Eastern Blue Jay

Eastern Blue Jay

Boat-tailed Grackles

Boat-tailed Grackles

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

A Bunny and Birds in the Neighborhood

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A Cotton-tailed bunny rabbit, a Northern Mockingbird, Mourning Doves, and a band of roving White Ibises, were all spotted in my neighborhood in the last week or two.  It has been raining a lot here so I have not been out taking a lot of pictures.

Cotton-tailed Rabbits are not commonly seen here.  I think there are plenty of Coyotes, Hawks, Bald Eagles, and Osprey that actively hunt the bunnies.  I saw this particular rabbit in a yard of a home quite close to our local neighborhood park lake.  The best time to see rabbits here is at twilight or even at dawn.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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Mourning Doves

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Mourning Doves have been cooing in the trees here on my street all year-long.  These placid medium-sized tan doves are so soothing and pretty, they are a joy to have nearby.  The doves have enjoyed feeding at the neighbor’s hanging tray bird feeder and also picking up fallen seed underneath the feeder pole.

Mourning Doves also enjoy a splash or two at the neighbor’s bird bath during the hot weather.  Doves mostly eat grains but do also enjoy some fruits from time to time.  They are sweet-tempered birds.  I took these pictures during several days in the last month.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.

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Two Spring Songbirds

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

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!

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Doves

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These Mourning Doves were spotted in various places around the development here where I live on December 15, 2013 just before and at  sunset.  These beautiful doves are sometimes seen perched on electric lines or walking around on the ground.  They love eating seeds, berries, nuts and fruits.  I really enjoy hearing their pleasant cooing.

The group of Mourning Doves roosting in the small tree, was just on the fringe of a dedicated wildlife area out-of-bounds to the public at one side of this development.  I took those pictures from the roadway.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Late Winter Doves

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It seems like Mourning Doves have been coming back here to my yard after an absence of several weeks.  They are all-year long residents of this community but have several large yards they call home.  Mostly the doves have been at my neighbor’s place.  I enjoy hearing their cooing sounds.  They are calm, pleasant birds which maybe why they are used as a symbol of peace.  The Mourning Doves are a light tan-beige with a few light brown spots on the wings.  They have a medium-sized body with a fairly small head.  The have a distinctive “Whooshing” sound that their wings make when they take off to fly.  I took these pictures in my yard on Feb. 5, 2013.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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