I saw about a half dozen Cedar Waxwings around today. Some years I see flocks of them passing through, but this year it was only a few. Here are two of them in a neighbor’s tree.

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Near the Cedar Waxwings I spotted a little Downy Woodpecker in the big pine tree. This woodpecker is only about 6 inches long, not much bigger than a sparrow. The red on the bird’s head indicates that it’s a male.

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While he was busy, another Downy Woodpecker showed up.

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This one was a female–no red on her head–and may have been his mate. She quickly moved over to the branch where he was at work and sat watching him for a few minutes.

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She flew away and he went on pecking.

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I got a shot of a Carolina Wren today also, a pretty little bird that I enjoy seeing. This was probably my favorite photo today.

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It was warm and sunny, so there were anoles to be seen. The only one I photographed today is the same green anole I saw on the fence the other day. Although it’s called a green anole, it can change colors from green to brown, and at this point the anole was brown.

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We have some small wild blackberry plants flowering by the back fence. I’m planning to dig these prickly plants up soon, but I took some photos of the flowers today. They have flowers with five petals, white with just a hint of pink.

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Another blackberry flower.

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Blackberry bud just starting to open, with a pink tinged petal poking out.

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