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Three for Monday

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More bluebirds today. This one looked as if it were enjoying the sunshine.

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This is the anole that likes to sit upright on the fence. He’s out there almost every day.

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This big male anole has been the boss of the territory around the gate for quite awhile, and he’s very used to seeing me by now.

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Bluebirds on Sunday

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We’ve had bluebirds visiting the yard for months now, flying in from the trees across the street to perch on the wires over our front yard. This one is probably a female, with the grayish coloring instead of the male’s bright blue, and the soft orange/tan on her breast.

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This one is a young bird I think, still growing into its feathers. With that brighter blue starting to show it may be a young male.

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Bluebird looking around.

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One more of the young bluebird.

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Two Birds for Sunday

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Just two for today. First is this plump-looking mockingbird sitting on the fence. It looks as if it’s glaring at me.

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And here’s one of the bluebirds that have been hanging out in the front yard.

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Bluebirds on Friday

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There were bluebirds out in the front yard most of the day today, as many as four at a time. I couldn’t get more than one at a time into a photo though! Their coloring was subdued on the whole, with a bit of brighter blue on a wing or tail feather and some orange showing up on the breast. Not as colorful as they are in spring!

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They would sit on the wires and watch the grass down below for insects.

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Intent bluebird looking for prey.

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Bluebird on the wire.

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Looks like the bluebird might be watching me and the camera here. I was in the house, taking photos through the front window.

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Bluebird preparing for a dive off the wire.

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Bluebird on Thursday

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A little bluebird was on the wire out front again today. The orange color of the breast is just beginning to show through the grayish feathers. This looks like a young bird growing into its mature coloring.

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Stretching up to take a good look around.

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And a look down below.

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A rear view. Blue feathers are growing in on the wings and tail.

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One more of the bluebird.

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A Few for Tuesday

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Hurricane Irma is gone and today things are getting back to normal. Stores in our area reopened today, so I picked up groceries to replace some food and milk we lost in the refrigerator when the power was out. Max and I did a little work in the backyard picking up the small branches that had fallen. Max has been considering them toys that dropped from the trees, so he wasn’t much help in cleaning up.

Anoles were everywhere–on the fences, in the basil pots, in the grass. This pretty little female was sitting on a basil pot.

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Butterflies were back too, busy in the flowers again. This one is a Long-tailed Skipper.

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Another bluebird was on the wire out front, looking for insects here.

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One more of the little bluebird.

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Hurricane Irma

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Hurricane Irma is here, and from tonight into early afternoon tomorrow is supposed to be the worst of the storm for us here in northeast Florida. We are fortunate to live in a zone D area on the A-F flood probability scale, with A most likely to flood and F least likely. We did not have a mandatory evacuation for our area, though all of the A and B zones did have to evacuate.

It’s windy and rainy now, as predicted for tonight, and we’re just riding it out (or hunkering down, as they always say during hurricanes here). No problems so far. The power is still on and it would be wonderful if we don’t lose our power tonight. Last year our electricity was out for a week after Hurricane Matthew went through. Here are a few photos from today.

Wind and rain in the backyard.

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More wind.

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During hurricanes frogs often just appear on our sliding glass back door. Max was fascinated when this one showed up.

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Little bluebird looking for bugs this morning before the storm really moved in.

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We have plenty of supplies–food, water, batteries, flashlights and battery-powered lanterns, a propane stove and a charcoal grill, and the rest of the things they always tell us to stock up on when a hurricane is coming. So we’re as ready as we can be for this storm. If the power stays on I’ll check back in tomorrow.

 

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