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More Birds on Saturday

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A few birds on this Saturday after Thanksgiving. We had a good Thanksgiving and enjoyed the dinner and the day.

A mockingbird–always around somewhere in the yard.

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This little one has been very common in the yard lately–a Ground-dove. It’s only 6 1/2 inches long, compared to the mockingbird’s 10 inch length.

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Turkey vulture flying overhead.

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And the turkey vulture again, this time with a small warbler flying nearby. (The little bird is blurry but has yellow coloring, which makes me think it’s some sort of warbler.)

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And last for today is a Palm Warbler walking around in the backyard.

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Palm Warbler on Friday

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One way to tell it’s fall is seeing a change in the birds in the area. Today I saw a Palm Warbler for the first time in months, ready to visit Florida for awhile during the colder time of the year.

There are many warblers and it’s sometimes hard to tell them apart. But this little bird has a couple of distinctive characteristics. It has a patch of yellow under its tail.

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And it bobs its tail up and down frequently.

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I watched the warbler as it moved around the yard, picking in the grass and occasionally coming up with something.

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Just looking around.

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Two Birds on Thursday

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It was a busy day today, with a stopped-up kitchen sink and a visit from the plumbers, but all is well now.

So just two quick photos for today of two birds on the fence. First is a male cardinal. I can’t tell if it’s the same cardinal I saw the other day, which appeared to have a lighter colored back. We do have several cardinals around.

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This one is the Yellow-rumped Warbler, the kind of warbler I see most often.

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Warbler on Friday

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Yellow-rumped Warbler up in a tree.

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Looking up into the tree.

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And looking at the berries below.

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Warbler takes flight.

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Two Mourning Doves on a branch.

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And a vine growing up from the other side of the fence.

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A Few for Wednesday

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Just a few for today. This Mourning Dove was watching me carefully.

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I had a rear view of a little bird on the fence.

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My guess was Yellow-rumped Warbler, our most commonly seen warbler, and when the bird turned around I saw I was correct.

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Looking up into a pine tree.

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Saturday Photos

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The green leaves are growing larger, and the branches that were bare all winter are rapidly filling in.

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And our volunteer tomato plant is still green and healthy looking, even with a couple of near freezing nights this past week. There are quite a few little green tomatoes growing.

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Over on the side fence I spotted a Yellow-rumped Warbler. The little warbler was apparently looking for insects, watching carefully before suddenly diving off the fence for a bite to eat.

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Checking the situation in the other direction.

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And on the back fence there was a male Cardinal. It looks like our local cardinal family is staying around for another year.

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Brown anole on the screen door casting a long shadow.

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Palm Warbler on Wednesday

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Just a few today of a little Palm Warbler in the backyard. We’ve had these birds in our yard often and I’ve photographed them often. I always enjoy seeing them.

Here’s the warbler, yellow showing on the top of its bobbing tail–a sure sign of a Palm Warbler.

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Warbler looking around with interest. You can see the bit of yellow on its face here.

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Something in the grass has caught the warbler’s eye.

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And the warbler’s heading off in another direction–once again showing off that yellow on its tail

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