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On Dawn

On the morning appointed for her departure Tess was awake before dawn — at the marginal minute of the dark when the grove is still mute, save for one prophetic bird who sings with a clear-voiced conviction that he at least knows the correct time of day, the rest preserving silence as if equally convinced that he is mistaken.

Thomas Hardy, Tess of the d’Urbervilles

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Some Birds

Today I had the opportunity to get outside with my camera. It was challenging for me to take photos of birds this summer because there were so many leaves and I couldn’t focus on any of them! Now that the leaves are falling I feel like I have more opportunities to both observe and photograph birds. It doesn’t hurt that it is prime migration season, either.

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A pair of Double Crested Cormorants seems to have taken up permanent residency at my lake. I see this male frequently, but the female is a bit more rare of a sight. I hope she’s nesting. I’d love to see some cormorant babies in the spring.

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This migrating warbler landed on a branch right above me and I managed to snap this fun photo of his yellow belly.

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Many thanks to this Carolina Wren for doing such a thorough job cleaning out my hammock! He didn’t even care that both I and my cat were outside watching him.

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This isn’t a great photo, but I was astonished to watch this Flicker stash an acorn in a pine tree. I wonder if he’ll come back for it, or if a squirrel will find it first.

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Photo Walk

The title of this post is a misnomer because two of the photos you will see were taken from inside my house (one was taken from my bed). But because a few of the photos are from around the neighborhood I’m sticking with the photo walk idea.

Enjoy!

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One of my neighbors has a really beautiful garden. These interesting flowers are growing right by the road.

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Goose family. Since this photo was taken another pair of geese has hatched another set of three goslings. It’s fun to watch them wander around the neighborhood.

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We have this giant spiky mahonia plant growing on the corner of our house. It grows purple berries that don’t look very appetizing. I had never seen any animals on it before until today, when I was distracted from a playdate by a pair of bluebirds collecting berries out the playroom window. I quickly grabbed my camera, but the birds flew away whenever I pointed it at them. This is the only shot I got and I kind of love it despite its blurriness.

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In the few days between opening the pool and adding the pool chemicals we had a few visitors. This turtle happily hung out with us for a good 24 hours until he decided he’d had enough and wandered off.

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One day I was laying in my bed reading and just happened to have my camera handy when this squirrel paused outside my window to eat a nut. I took several shots of him before he got wise and left.

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Hawk

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Hawk, a photo by ambermae on Flickr.

One of my favorites from this morning’s photo walk at nearby Shelley Lake.

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So long, ducks

I forgot to mention earlier that the arrival of spring also means the departure of our buffleheads and other winter ducks. So long, funny ducks. I’ll miss you.

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Welcome Spring

Today it finally feels like we’ve turned the corner on spring. I thought the winter would never end. Some photos —

Rainy cardinal:

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A carolina wren sounds an alarm:

 

 

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Pine siskins:

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Kitten antics:

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And squirrel antics:

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Dinner for ten:

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Easter at the Lake

Yesterday before the family settled in for Easter dinner I grabbed a few minutes to sit outside with my camera. It was a beautiful spring day and the birds were quite active. This yellow rumped warbler preened right in front of me for a while, which is why he’s so fluffy:

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This is what they look like when they’re not so ruffled:

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My kitten enjoyed a little time outside, too:

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The big surprise yesterday was that this double crested cormorant seems to have moved to our lake. I saw a few recently at another nearby lake, but this was the first one I saw here:

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And today I found this shy bullfrog hiding in my pool cover. He’s safe from the heron up here!

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