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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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Mourning Dove on Saturday

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A few Mourning Doves have turned up lately, after a month or so when I seldom saw them in the yard. This dove was standing calmly on the ramp to the shed, and didn’t seem to mind me or the camera at all.

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It turned to look at me a few times.

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Closer look at the dove.

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I think this may be a juvenile dove because the dark markings on the wings are not as fully distinct as they would be in an adult. There are also light-colored edges on the feathers, which may still be growing in. In the close-up above the dove looks as if it had lacy frills on its throat!

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Dove turning to look toward me again.

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And now it’s leaving.

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A Few for Wednesday

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Just a few for today. Here is a pair of little Ground-doves sitting on a wire, with palm fronds in the background. These tiny doves are much smaller than the more common Mourning Doves.

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A Brown Thrasher. I’ve seen Brown Thrashers several times before, but not very often, so I always enjoy spotting one. I like the rusty brown color and the streaked breast and abdomen.

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A goose standing by itself, gazing off into the distance.

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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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After the Rain on Wednesday

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More rain today, very heavy at times, but we do need it. After it stopped I went out with Max and the camera, and the first thing I spotted was this Mourning Dove up in a tree. It seemed to be grooming itself after the storm.

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Mourning Dove, looking a little better.

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One more of the dove.

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Nearby a squirrel was running up a tree branch, but it froze when it saw me.

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It was motionless for a couple of minutes.

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And then it turned to look around before going on up the branch.

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Raindrops on branches and vines.

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Raindrops on a leaf.

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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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A Few for Friday

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First real crop from our tomato plant this year. I’ve picked and eaten a few little tomatoes now and then, but this was enough for a tomato, basil, feta cheese, and olive oil lunch.

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A little Ground-dove on a wire. I like the orange color in its eye.

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One more of the Ground-dove. These little doves are only about 6 inches long.

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