Janine's Blog

Giving Thanks

Nov 27, 2021 by Janine |
Having a restful Thanksgiving weekend enjoying the garden and local nature.

It has been another good year for hummingbirds.

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A regal toad

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Sunrises.

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Summer turns to fall

Sep 22, 2021 by Janine |
There are definite signs of fall in the air. Two scruffy little painted buntings have arrived, and several hummingbirds. We are very happy to see them.

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We've had some box turtle visitors too.

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Some shots from recent outings:

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Summer waders

Jul 10, 2021 by Janine |
First time seeing a baby glossy ibis

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Purple gallinule and chicks

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Black bellied whistling duck

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Tricolor herons

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Some type of skipper

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Least bittern

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Great egret

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Summer time

Jun 05, 2021 by Janine |
Here are the last few shots from the spring before the heat came and most of the birds left. Cardinals, bluejays, and great crested flycatchers are still here.

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Baby cardinal

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Spring birds

Apr 10, 2021 by Janine |
This has been our best year for hummingbirds. At one point, practically every where you looked there was a hummingbird! They were feeding up for migration and putting on quite a show.

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We are still seeing one or two each day, and they will probably be gone within the next week or so.

Goldfinches have also moved on. We still have a few stragglers, along with a single indigo bunting.

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Painted buntings still around. We are seeing a lot more today, likely to be migrants from the south moving through. We've also seen a few warblers like black and white, northern parula, black throated blue, redstart, and prairie.

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The highlight of the past week has been the cardinal family. The fledglings are ranging all around the yard.

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The bluejays are also nesting and I hope they bring their fledglings too!


Spring is in the Air

Mar 14, 2021 by Janine |
A walk in the local park revealed a lovely little sandhill crane family

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Meadowlark duet

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Sunrise

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Ornate bella moth

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Coreopsis and friend

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At home, we are starting to see some early spring warblers like northern parula.

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Looking forward to seeing more migrants soon!

Valentine's birds and blooms

Feb 14, 2021 by Janine |
While the rest of the country is in a deep freeze, we are "enjoying" temps in the high 80's today!

This rabbit is not pleased

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The birds are appreciating the birdbath

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Flowers like the warmer weather

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Blue bee

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Hummingbirds, goldfinches, and ovenbirds visit every day

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Goldfinches

Jan 18, 2021 by Janine |
We started with two goldfinches at the feeders. Within a week we have seen at least 10 and many more flying around!

They are such funny little things.

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The buntings don't mind them because they eat different seed from separate feeders, so no competition.

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The hummingbirds really enjoy the Wendy's Wish salvia.

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It has been cooler lately and fewer bugs and reptiles. Did find a corn snake snoozing in an old plant pot.

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Sulphur

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Winter blooms

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Happy Holidays!

Dec 25, 2020 by Janine |
Wishing everyone a safe, happy holiday season!

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Birds in the garden

Nov 29, 2020 by Janine |
It has been a strange fall. Got a lot to be thankful for. Walking better now and starting to spend more time in the garden again. Still not up to any long treks yet, but hopefully soon!

Good thing there are plenty of birds at home to see.

Hummingbirds galore

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Funny encounters

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It is starting to rain less so the birdbaths are becoming popular

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Painted buntings. They prefer white millet at the birdfeeder, and also enjoy snacking on the celosia seeds.

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