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I happened to walk out into the backyard today at a rare moment: there weren’t any butterflies in the lantana bush. However, there was a wasp.

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And there was a fly.

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Mockingbird on the fence across the yard–it flew away before I could get closer.

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And Max in the grass, thinking I couldn’t see him.

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A Few for Tuesday

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Mockingbird on a wire out front, carrying what looks like a small grub.

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Mockingbird with the grub.

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And after its meal, the mockingbird prepared to depart.

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Max in the backyard with a toy.

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Anoles and More on Wednesday

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Big guy on the fence, bobbing his head and displaying his dewlap.

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Over on the side fence I saw a few more anoles. This one held still for just one photo before running off.

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Another big male turned up on the top of the side fence, looking down at me.

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He put on a dewlap display too.

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Watching me as I left.

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Mockingbird on the fence, wet from today’s rain showers.

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Max’s new fascination is watching the squirrels climbing around in the palm trees. He circles the trees, staring up above. Sometimes he’ll take a flying leap straight up into the air, but he never comes close to any squirrels.

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One more of Max.

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Sunday Photos

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Yesterday it was dark and rainy. This dove was damp and ruffled, sitting on a wire under a gray sky.

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Another shot of the dove.

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Today the weather was much different. This mockingbird paused here for a moment in the sunshine, under a clear bright blue sky.

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Mockingbird on Tuesday

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Quiet day today. This mockingbird turned up on the wire out front, looking as if it’s growing in new feathers. Look how short the wing feathers are.

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It seemed to be a rather intense mockingbird.

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This is a different mockingbird, with a caterpillar or grub in its bill. There are lots of mockingbirds around, chasing each other, chasing other birds, perching high in trees and singing loudly, picking up insects, and so on.

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One more of this mockingbird.

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This one is the rare headless mockingbird. (Actually the bird had its head turned back sharply over its shoulder to the left, so the body blocks the head. The bright light washed out some of the chest.)

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And last for today are some flowers I noticed when I went outside late last night. There were several of these yellow flowers, about 1 inch in diameter,  blooming in the yard. I don’t think I’ve seen these flowers in the daytime–I’ll have to look for them.

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Sunday Photos

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This is one of the grumpiest-looking mockingbirds I’ve ever seen.

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Looks like he’s telling off some other birds on his right.

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And on his left.

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At first glance I thought this was another mockingbird. The bird was in the shade in a pine tree with pine needles hanging in front of it, so I didn’t have the best view. But when I brightened the photo for a better look, I could see it wasn’t a mockingbird. I did a bit of research and learned that I’d seen my first Eastern Kingbird.

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I love this squirrel photo. It’s carrying an acorn in its mouth.

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Mockingbird on Monday

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There are always mockingbirds around, singing and squawking and chasing each other. This one landed on the fence with a small red-orange caterpillar or grub in its bill.

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Closer look at the caterpillar/grub.

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The mockingbird turned to look directly at me. Mockingbirds tend to be bold birds.

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The mockingbird eventually ate its prey but continued to sit on the fence.

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Looking very sleek and elegant here.

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Same bird a moment later after fluffing itself up.

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