Janine's Blog

Feeling like fall

Oct 18, 2020 by Janine |
With highs in the 80's instead of 90's, it is feeling like fall in South Florida!

Painted Buntings are here in numbers

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We have a few Indigo buntings too

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Other visitors include a steady stream of Swainson's Thrushes

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Black throated blue warbler

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Hummingbirds of course

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Some unusual dragonflies

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Orchids in bloom

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We call this raccoon Sir Poops a Lot because he poops everywhere

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It has been a strange migration because I have been recovering from foot surgery and have not been very mobile.

So I have pretty much watched this migration from my window.

Starting to get out a little bit more every day and am getting ready for winter gardening. Looking forward to nicer weather!

Summer daze

Aug 22, 2020 by Janine |
There are small rays of hope that the end of summer is coming. We had our first hummingbird, first painted bunting, and first warbler within the last couple of weeks.

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Early morning views

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Lots of toads

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This Cuban tree frog expressing himself

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Lots of bees and flowers

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Fun with photoshop. The scene was real, but I gave it an old timey look

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Lots of saturation

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Garden buddies

Jul 12, 2020 by Janine |
Southern Toad, our native toad. Not to be confused with the Marine toad, which is a toxic invader.

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The imaginatively named Ringneck snake

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Black swallowtail

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Black-bellied whistling ducks often fly overhead and sometimes stop to say hello. It was a steamy morning and my camera fogged up immediately, so I was basically shooting blind to get a picture. Pretty happy with how they turned out!

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After the storm

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Two box turtles

Jun 27, 2020 by Janine |
I've seen the little female several times and recently also found a larger male in the garden. His shell is a little deformed but otherwise he looks OK. Maybe they will meet up :)

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Abundant baby rabbits

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A pair of wrens seem to be investigating nesting locations

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Baby cardinals growing up fast

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The orchids are enjoying the hot and humid weather.

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Summer is here

Jun 07, 2020 by Janine |
We had a late warbler, a Northern Parula, hanging out in the garden for a while. It would "leaf bathe" while we watered the plants.

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Baby bluejays and cardinals growing up fast:

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Meat's on the menu for the baby cardinals:

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Last month we went to see a flyover salute to medical personnel performed by the US Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon jets from the 482nd Fighter Wing, The Mako’s, Air Force Reserve Command in Homestead.

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Now the summer rains have started and the garden is loving it. Very prehistoric.

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The box turtle made another appearance this morning, chomping on earthworms in the soggy soil. Hopefully it sticks around!

Garden time

May 17, 2020 by Janine |
Most of the seasonal birds have gone north. We still get the occasional warbler.

Common Yellowthroat
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Reggie redstart
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The year round residents like cardinals and bluejays are nesting and wrangling fledglings.

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Another interesting visitor was a Florida box turtle. They are surprisingly cryptic in the undergrowth.

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A less welcome visitor, the Knight Anole. They are aggresive non-natives that might eat baby birds.

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It has been nice having more time at home to enjoy the garden.



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This orchid looks savage!

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Speaking of savage plants, Rich's carnivorous collection is doing well.

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I watched a dragonfly lay eggs. Never seen that before.

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Lots of butterfly action! Guess there will be loads of hungry caterpillars soon!

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Watching spring migration go by

Apr 19, 2020 by Janine |
It has been interesting being home and seeing all the changes in the garden. Watching spring migration from home has been nice because we have documented a few new species for the yard, and a couple of lifers!

The ruby-throated hummingbirds were abundant up until a couple of weeks ago.

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As they left, we noticed an unusual visitor, a buff-bellied hummingbird. They are rare in Florida and not much is known about them. We have been seeing this one for about two weeks. This was a lifer for both of us!

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Painted buntings are still here, although there are less of them than before. They have been joined by a small flock of indigo buntings.

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Baby rabbits are abundant

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Mockingbird enjoying some old blueberries

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The second life bird was a black-whiskered vireo. Did not get great pics, it didn't stay long.

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Lots of different warblers passing though too.

Worm-eating

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American redstart

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Brightest Cape May warbler I have seen in FL

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Scenes from "the before times"

Apr 04, 2020 by Janine |
One of the displays in the "Ribbit Exhibit" at Mounts Botanical Garden

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Desert Botanical Garden, Tempe, AZ.

Curve-billed thrasher

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Black-capped gnatcatcher

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Costa's Hummingbird

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Local park

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Last sunrise for a time

Mar 29, 2020 by Janine |
Shots from our last sunrise outing before everything got locked down

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At home, we still have painted buntings and hummingbirds. Less every day as they move north.

Still have the usual brown thrashers, cardinals, and mockingbirds. Catbirds also becoming fewer in number, and a few warblers passing through.

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Home for a while

Mar 15, 2020 by Janine |
Been an odd mix of travel and home time for the past few weeks. Looks like I will be home for a while due to travel restrictions, so I am looking forward to catching up with my photos!

Some nice rainbows from cooler weather a few weeks ago

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Snapping Turtles

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Neighborhood birds

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Wild Sundew, a carnivorous plant

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Birds in the garden

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Tommy Emmanuel. Great shows in Palm Beach and Ft. Lauderdale. Amazing guitarist and such a sweet and lovely person.

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Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these crazy times.