Janine's Blog

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.

Switching Seasons

Jan 19, 2020 by Janine |
The usual characters are plentiful in the garden:

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Recently came back from a work trip to NY. It was a little chillier up there!

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We ended 2019 with an enjoyable evening with Mr. Malmsteen. Hope that 2020 rocks just as hard as 2019!

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Happy New Year 2020!

Jan 01, 2020 by Janine |
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Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2019 by Janine |
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Palm Beach, Palm Springs

Dec 18, 2019 by Janine |
At home, we've had some cooler weather and the light has been amazing.

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Was recently in Palm Springs, CA for work and enjoyed the different quality of light there.

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An early morning flight was like visiting an alien planet

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At home in the garden, the wildlife is abundant.

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Wondering when the goldfinches will arrive this year. We had a couple of sightings of a single goldfinch over the last month or so, but they have not stayed around.

Garden visitors

Nov 24, 2019 by Janine |
Still a few warblers in the garden:

Black-throated blue female

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Northern parula

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White-eyed vireo

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Lots of buntings

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Cardinal and catbird

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Hummingbirds still numerous

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Was recently in Golden, CO for work. It certainly glows in the morning light.

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In contrast, it has been a little cooler here in S. Florida so we are starting to venture out a bit more. Still lots of mosquitoes though!

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Painted Buntings are back!

Oct 27, 2019 by Janine |
It has been an exciting few weeks with plenty of birds visiting the garden.

The painted buntings started arriving in numbers on October 4, right on time!

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The arrival dates over the years have been fairly consistent:

2019: Oct 4 (one single male showed up for a day on Aug 19)
2018: Oct 2
2017: Oct 2
2016: Oct 4
2015: Sep 26
2014: Oct 4 (one single male showed up for a day on Aug 2)
2013: Oct 14

One of them has a silver band. Interested to know where it was banded. I reported it to USGS so hopefully they can tell me!

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Lots of hummingbirds too. Seems like we are having a good year for them.

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Other visitors include red-bellied woodpecker and American redstart.

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Another fall occurrence is the flowering of the Night-blooming cereus. It put on a nice display recently.

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Now all I need is some cooler weather!


Seattle, Vancouver

Sep 30, 2019 by Janine |
Had a week off to explore the pacific northwest and take in some scenery and music! Happy to be home with the hummingbirds now :)

Seattle Ferry to Bainbridge

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Banana slug

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Scenic Whidbey Island

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Metsatoll in Seattle. It was a treat seeing them since they hail from Estonia and don't get to Florida very often!

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Ghost in Seattle and Vancouver. Both shows were awesome!

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