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More Birds on Saturday

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A few birds on this Saturday after Thanksgiving. We had a good Thanksgiving and enjoyed the dinner and the day.

A mockingbird–always around somewhere in the yard.

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This little one has been very common in the yard lately–a Ground-dove. It’s only 6 1/2 inches long, compared to the mockingbird’s 10 inch length.

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Turkey vulture flying overhead.

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And the turkey vulture again, this time with a small warbler flying nearby. (The little bird is blurry but has yellow coloring, which makes me think it’s some sort of warbler.)

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And last for today is a Palm Warbler walking around in the backyard.

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Birds on Friday

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It’s been a hectic week here, with multiple appointments and errands. But I did get some bird photos over the past few days.

This one is a Chipping Sparrow, one of a small flock of birds that passed through.

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And here’s one of our bluebirds.

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A turkey vulture soaring overhead.

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At the top of a power pole I spotted this Red-Bellied Woodpecker.

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One more of the woodpecker.

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A Mourning Dove. We’ve had lots of Mourning Doves around lately, and lots of little Ground Doves too. They are often in the yard together in mixed groups.

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A pine cone growing in a tall pine tree.

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A Few for Monday

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A quiet day today and just a few photos. I see a lot of turkey vultures, but today was a day for black vultures. There were five or six of them circling in the sky. Black vultures have light silvery tips to their wings, and their heads are bare and gray/black, with none of the red coloring seen on turkey vulture faces.

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Another black vulture.

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A mourning dove in the backyard. We’ve been seeing lots of doves lately. Based on the blue/gray coloring on the head and the back of the neck, this one is probably a male.

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This is far from my best dragonfly photo. But it probably is my best photo taken from in the house, through a window, of a dragonfly perched up on a wire overhead, with my 150-600mm lens.

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A Few for Friday

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This looks like a fall photo full of colorful fall leaves, right? It’s actually a late February photo here in northeast Florida. Those leaves will be falling very soon as new leaves sprout.

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Lots of bluebirds around every day now. This little bluebird was leaning to its left on the wire out front.

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Turkey vulture flying through.

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Side view of the turkey vulture.

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I like the pattern of brown feathers on the top side of the wing.

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And last for today is Max, just lying in the yard.

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A Few for Tuesday

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A  bit of red for Valentine’s Day: a Turkey Vulture’s face. It was soaring overhead and looked down toward me.

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The Turkey Vulture in flight.

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Squirrel in a tree. The squirrels seem to like this perch–I often see one sitting here.

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A few of these little warblers visited my yard today. I’m pretty sure they were  Palm Warblers because of the yellow under the tail.

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Warbler looking up.

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The striped look on the top of the head of this warbler is a bit different, but it still looked more like a Palm Warbler than anything else.

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Friday Photos

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I looked up at a pine tree across the street and saw this on a branch.

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When the big bird’s head came up, I saw that it was a Black Vulture.

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The vulture seemed to be mainly concerned with grooming itself–it’s working on the underside of  its wing here.

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Both Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures are common in our area, soaring overhead almost every day. The Black Vulture has a bare gray head and light colored wing tips, while the Turkey Vulture has reddish coloring on its face and light, silvery feathers on the rear edges of its wings.

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One more of the Black Vulture.

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Saturday Photos

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A cold day today–cold for us, anyway–and the yard man was working out there for quite awhile. So between the weather and the yard work going on there were very few birds around. I didn’t even see one squirrel, but I did see a vulture flying through.

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Palm fronds sparkling in the sun.

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