Janine's Blog

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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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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