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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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A Few for Monday

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I looked out the back door today and saw this squirrel on the fence, busy pulling and chewing on the lantana plant growing there.

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As I watched the squirrel moved over to reach the main branches of the plant. There are some lantana flowers up over his head.

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Stretching way up to the top of the lantana plant.

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Last one for today is a mockingbird portrait.

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Mockingbird on Breezy Wednesday

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One of the many mockingbirds around our yard was perched on the fence this afternoon as a light wind began to blow.

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The wind picked up and more of the mockingbird’s feathers began to lift.

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Wing feathers ruffling here.

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Mockingbird is looking a bit concerned.

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More feathers blowing.

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And more feathers.

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After awhile the wind calmed down, and the mockingbird reverted to its usual smooth look.

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Mockingbird and Anole on Sunday

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Just a few for today. There was a mockingbird up at the top of the tree with the berries this afternoon.

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The mockingbird threw back its head and sang for quite awhile.

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One more of the mockingbird.

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And another anole today–this one is a female on the edge of a planter, looking back over her shoulder at me.

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