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Fooled!

Don’t believe all the bird calls you may hear.  I recently was fooled by what I thought was a Northern Yellow-shafted Flicker Woodpecker.  I chuckle to myself just thinking of it.  The song was so convincing that I just knew that the big woodpecker was nearby in the trees.  No!  Guess what the bird was?  Yes, it was the master mimic, a Northern Mockingbird!  Wow!  Unfortunately that mockingbird was in deep shadow and quickly disappeared before I could take good pictures of it.  The picture here, is of a Northern Mockingbird that was in the gulch area near my yard.   I took this particular picture last Fall.   Please click on the thumbnail images to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Flying Cranes

A couple of days ago I was in the yard with my camera and heard the distinct sound of cranes.  I looked up and saw a flock of Sand Hill Cranes in a “V” formation way up in the clouds.  I was delighted to see this fly over.  So, my little farm is in the flight path of the migrating Sand Hill Cranes.  How wonderful!  These cranes have flown from the Mid-west and Canada to spend the Winter in the Southern states.  There is a state-run wildlife area, called the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge, where the cranes stay the Winter that is located about fifty miles Southeast of my place.

The Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge is a gathering spot for hundreds of Sand Hill Cranes and a much smaller number of Whooping Cranes every Winter.  There are planted corn fields, and a lake at that wildlife refuge.  A really good spot for these beautiful big birds to spend the Winter!  I was super happy to have seen these cranes both at the wildlife refuge, and during their flight over my home here.  I took these pictures in my yard on January 8, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The Great Blue Heron at the Pond

There are generally two Great Blue Herons here at the pond every now and then.  I believe that there is a Heron Rookery or nesting area nearby.  I have not found the Rookery but it may be high in larger trees along a nearby small lake.  The Great Blue Heron here on this pond, is often trying to catch Frogs as well as small fish.  The Big bird wades in shallow water near reeds and waits for its meal to come by.  I did not see the bird actively hunting but the bird was there a long time.  I was thrilled to see the bird and take its picture on November 15, 2011 in the morning.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


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