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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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Backyard Birds on Tuesday

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It was a busy day with doctor’s appointments and errands, but fortunately a group of birds settled into the backyard for awhile today, posing for photos. We’ve had a pair of robins visiting the yard most days lately, usually together but occasionally one at a time. This robin was by itself today.

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One more of the robin.

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Both mourning doves and Ground-doves were outside today. There was a pair of little Ground-doves, the tiny doves about the size of a sparrow. The one on the left is a female, and the male is on the right with its back to the camera.

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Another shot of the Ground-dove pair.

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Male Ground-dove. He has light grayish coloring on the top of his head and down the back of his neck. He was pursuing the female by following her around and lifting his wings away from his body in a courtship display.

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Closer look at the male Ground-dove’s head.

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A Few for Friday

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Mourning dove relaxing, just lying in the grass.

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Mourning doves have a light blue ring around their eyes.

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The dove looks as if it’s napping here–actually just had its eye closed for a second.

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Max was of course in the house while I photographed the dove. When I let him out later on, he went to inspect his palm tree renovation project.

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