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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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Chickadee on Friday

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I heard agitated bird calls in the trees in the back, and I saw a mockingbird swooping in and out of one area in the trees. I went closer and spotted this tiny bird, less than 5 inches long. It seems to be perched on a leaf, which has no trouble supporting its weight.

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It’s a Carolina Chickadee–very similar to the Black-capped Chickadee, but the Black-capped is a northern bird and the Carolina Chickadee lives in the southeast. As I watched I saw that the chickadee seemed upset with the mockingbird. It kept calling loudly when the mockingbird flew close, and the tiny chickadee flew at the much larger mockingbird several times.

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The chickadee ended up chasing off the mockingbird. It sat on the fence looking around for a few minutes after the mockingbird left.

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A little Ground-dove.

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And new green pine cones growing on a tall pine tree.

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Wednesday Assortment

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Squirrel on the palm tree. Max persisted in chasing it, but he never caught it of course, and squirrel kept coming back.

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Squirrel taking a look around–probably to see if Max was watching.

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And Max was watching.

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This squirrel looks as if its coloring is different, with more brown mixed with the gray, but it may just be lighting changes.

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Squirrel way up in the palm fronds. Max was hopefully leaping into the air under the tree, but never came close.

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A little Ground-dove in the yard.

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And last for today are flowers next door.

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