Janine's Blog

Baby Birds, Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen

Jun 30, 2019 by Janine |
We had two families of cardinals this year with fledglings.

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Dad keeping watch.

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Mom getting pestered.

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The blue jays also had babies.

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The wrens are nest building in one of our pitcher plants. Even though we installed a nest box literally 2 feet away.

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Earlier this month, we saw Paul Gilbert in Atlanta. Really nice and down to earth kind of person.

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Earlier this month, we caught the last two shows of the Yngwie Malmsteen tour, in Clearwater and Orlando. Mr. Malmsteen does not disappoint! The band was awesome as well.

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Looking forward to some more awesome tours this summer!

Flycatcher Graduation

Jun 01, 2019 by Janine |
All 5 great-crested flycatcher chicks successfully fledged last week!

It was fun to watch them grow up.

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In the garden, there are lots of other fledglings around. Mourning doves, red-bellied woodpeckers, cardinals, and blue jays.

Just got a few pipe vines, hope they do well. The flowers are strange looking and it serves as a host plant for the pipevine swallowtail butterfly. It did not take long for them to find it!

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Last weekend we headed to Miami for the airshow. It was a great show but they should have been more truthful with the performer lineup. They had 4 major no-shows and did not do a Heritage Flight. On Memorial day weekend of all days!

Room with a view

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Happy Mother's Day!

May 12, 2019 by Janine |
The great-crested flycatcher family is growing fast! All 5 eggs hatched and the chicks are voracious!

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The last of the painted buntings headed north a few weeks ago. This is the last one I photographed, bathing with a Northern Parula.

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The red-shouldered hawk is also growing quickly.

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Monarch caterpillars are everywhere.

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Orchids are in bloom.

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Catching up from last month, we visited Kennedy Space Center and saw the Space X rocket on the pad. Unfortunately, we were not able to head back up there for the launch, so we saw it from Juno Beach. Still awesome to see!

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A day trip to the Keys was filled with pelicans, tarpon, and sharks!

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Lastly, here are a few shots from the Ft. Lauderdale air show. We watched the show from the 10th floor of a beachfront hotel, and it was an awesome view!

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Nest Box, Desert, Dream Theater

Apr 28, 2019 by Janine |
This year the screech owls took a vacation from our nest box. We didn't pay much attention to the box until recently. I noticed a great-crested flycatcher peering out. So we turned on the camera and saw this!

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It is strange to not see the owls. I hope this new little family does well!

Last month I spent some time in New Mexico. In between hectic meetings and presentations, I got some nice hikes in!

Kasha-Katuwe tent rocks

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Petroglyph National Monument

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Lastly, we recently saw Dream Theater in Orlando. It was pretty cool. They are a bit too technical for me but it was a fun show. I have an inordinate fondness for the keytar!

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March madness

Mar 17, 2019 by Janine |
Things have been kind of hectic lately but there is always time to enjoy the birds in the garden!

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A young red-shouldered hawk has been visiting.

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Coral bean flowers are blooming, to the delight of the hummingbirds. And this robin.

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Quick beach visit

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Went to Babcock-Webb at dawn in search of red-cockaded woodpeckers.

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Saw several pairs! Pictures not that great but it was fun watching them feed and squabble.

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Got the evil eye from a towhee.

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There had been heavy rains the night before, so many water dwellers were out on the roads.

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On my birthday we went to the Hendrix Experience with Dweezil Zappa, Eric Johnson, Zak Wylde, and Joe Satriani, and many others.

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Birding around

Feb 11, 2019 by Janine |
Mixed bag of shots from the last month or so.

Snail Kites at Winding Waters

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Next, a trip to Corkscrew Swamp proved cold and wet, but with a few bright spots:

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At home, the hummingbirds still delight.

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Catbirds, ovenbirds, and the occasional warbler still show up.

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In addition to this yellow-throated warbler, we have had a Wilson's Warbler visiting on and off since last October.
We think it is the same individual because the behavior is always the same. It bursts out of the undergrowth and bathes for about a minute, and then disappears.

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Blood moon, birds

Jan 21, 2019 by Janine |
Last night we braved cold temps to view and photograph the Super Blood Wolf Moon of 2019.

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The garden has been crawling with birds. Funnily enough, all the goldfinches left right after New Year's. We did see two last weekend, but not in the numbers we usually see at this time of year. Flocks of robins and waxwings fly overhead all the time, but it is a mystery as to where the goldfinches have gone.

Painted buntings are still here so all is well!

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A pair of red-bellied woodpeckers

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American redstart

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Merry Christmas!

Dec 25, 2018 by Janine |
Hope everyone is feeling merry and bright!

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Christmas in South Florida isn't very Christmassy, which is one reason we went to NY last weekend. The other reason was catching Ghost in Brooklyn!

Before we did all that, we saw Generation Axe in Orlando and Hollywood. It was mind blowing!!! Even better than the first time they got together back in 2016.

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Last weekend was the trip to NY. We went to Rockefeller Center and Central Park and got our fill of Christmas lights.

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Then we went to Barclays center to see Ghost play their final US arena show of the tour. I'd seen them open there for Iron Maiden last year. It was an epic show.

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Now we are home for a quiet Christmas and New Year to enjoy the birds!

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Here and There and Everywhere

Dec 13, 2018 by Janine |
Moving from climate to climate these past few weeks.

Miami for Ghost

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St. Paul for work

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A few days at home before Orlando and Hollywood for Generation Axe!

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The goldfinches are increasing in number.

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Generation Axe was a complete sensory overload. We are still recovering from the double dose. Front row both times!

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More to come.

Flying objects

Dec 01, 2018 by Janine |
Been crazy with a mix of work and personal stuff going on! Catching up with photos from the last month:

Hummingbird face off

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Blackpoll warblers

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Busy birdbath

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Wilson's Warbler

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A quick stroll around Riverbend

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Stuart Air Show in November

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I can't believe it is December!