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At the community college where I’ve been taking Max for walks. The baseball field (where osprey nest 2 is located) is in the distance on the right, where a bit of the score board is visible.

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This little bird is a juvenile bluebird–it’s mostly brown now, with a little blue on its tail and back.

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Flowering bush that Max and I pass on our walks.

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This one looks like the juvenile starling that was harassing its parents for food in our yard. I recognize that wide-open mouth.

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Kingbird sitting in the middle of a maze of branches.

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And a couple of osprey shots, of course.

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One more with wings spread wide.

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Starlings on Thursday

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This brownish bird is a juvenile European Starling.

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It spends most of its time following its parents around and demanding to be fed.

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An adult bird will bring a bit of food now and then.

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And the adult will deposit the food in the young bird’s mouth–sometimes deep in its mouth.

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We enjoyed watching this going on in the backyard tonight as we were eating dinner. I had to attempt photos through the glass door because Max was also watching the birds. If I’d opened the door he would have loved to steal an opportunity to run outside and chase them away.

One more starling–a silhouette of a starling on a wire, carrying an insect.

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Starlings

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Just a few European Starlings today. A small flock of them flew in and perched on a dead pine tree. They noticed a nearby tree full of berries and shifted over to this tree, flying off a few at a time.

Surveying the berry tree.

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Watching other starlings flying over to the berry tree.

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A pair of starlings side by side.

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And one of them heads off for the berries.

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Mostly Trees on Monday

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This is the tree where I often see warblers picking berries. The tree has lost all its leaves, but there are still plenty of berries for the birds.

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Sun shining through the leaves of this tree.

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Sunset this evening.

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This is an odd one. A flock of birds swooped into the top of this tall tree, and by the time I lifted the camera to try for photos, the birds were already leaving. There are two birds here: the one on the left, from the neck down; and the bird to the right of the first one, with the head showing but most of the body behind the leaves. You can see lots of berries on this tree too, probably what attracted the birds. From what I saw of them I think it was a flock of starlings.

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Up in that same tree I spotted a squirrel sitting on a branch, and I did manage a better shot of the squirrel than I did of the birds.

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A Few for Thursday

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Overcast day with a few showers. This tree branch covered with moss stood out against the gray/white sky.

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A starling on the wire. In spring starlings have shiny, iridescent dark feathers that gleam with hints of purple, green, and blue. At this time of year their feathers are more dull with lighter colored tips, dots, and edges.

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Another bee on a wildflower at the fence today.

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A Twinn Girl on Busy Friday

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Doctor appointments and stops at the grocery and drugstore took up a good part of the day today. I did get this shot of starlings up in the big pine tree before we left. The one in the middle with the tan head is a juvenile, still acquiring its adult plumage.

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This evening I took another My Twinn doll down from the shelf for a few photos. This girl came from the Denver era of My Twinn back around 2000, when the best quality dolls were being made. She has the Ariel face mold, which is common and easily found but very sweet. She is wearing  original My Twinn clothes: top, jeans, socks, and shoes.

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This little Ariel girl has long blonde hair and she did have green eyes. Over the years the green color has faded, not unusual for some doll eyes after around 16 years. I could change her eyes if I wanted to, but for now I’m leaving her as she is.

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More Birds on Monday

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We’ve been having work done in our yard–old worn fences taken down, trees trimmed back, etc.–and I’m seeing lots more birds that had probably been hidden by the trees.

This little Downy Woodpecker was checking out the remains of trees along a fence section.

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And a Red-bellied Woodpecker picking berries.

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Robins are still around as the flock moves through the area.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler high in a tree.

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A starling on a wire with iridescent colors on its neck.

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And one of my favorites, the Eastern Phoebe.

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