Janine's Blog

Baby owls, Colorado

Apr 29, 2017 by Janine |
The babies are growing up fast.



Mom is usually the one in the box with the babies. She spends the days in there and at night she tears up the larger prey items for them.



This is the only photo I have of the whole family. Mom and Dad are almost never at the nest at the same time. He is the smaller one on the lower left. If it were in color you could see that he is a grey morph, while she is a red/brown morph.



Brown anole for scale



Mummy cuddles







Hello!



Spent a few days in Colorado for work. A nice break from the increasing heat here in FL.











More of the baby owls on twitter at @janineimages

Baby Owls and Blue Birds

Apr 17, 2017 by Janine |
The owl chicks hatched a week ago today. They are growing fast!









The Indigo buntings showed up last weekend also. They didn't stay long, but I got to enjoy them for a few days.





Red and Blue





Had some fun with this one in Photoshop- the levitating Painted Bunting was by himself, so I plopped him next to the angry Indigo.



Gossiping at the bird bath



Straggler hummingbird



Last views of the Ovenbird, another bird that headed north this week.



The birds are a distraction from weekend work. Never fear, "Chore Hawk" is on the case! Once he shows up, birds scatter and housework can get done!





I'll end with a shot of the majestic Jupiter Lighthouse.



Birdy Days

Apr 08, 2017 by Janine |
Migration is picking up. The swarms of goldfinches have moved north. I have a few stragglers left, but they are not as colorful as these males from last week. Note the Northern Parula checking out the action.





Most of the hummingbirds have moved on as well. I have at least one still visiting the coral bean.



The screech owl (aka "The Princess") is incubating her eggs



A hooded warbler arrived yesterday.





This morning, there was a varied palette of birds in the garden: painted bunting, indigo bunting, and cardinals.



I've got more of The Princess and the buntings on my twitter too, check them out @janineimages

I got carried away with the saturate tool on this one, but really liked the effect that the flowers made in the foreground.



My fragrant dendrobium orchid is also in bloom!



Biggest sphinx moth I've ever seen!





A quiet evening at Riverbend

Jupiter Ridge, Garden Birds

Mar 19, 2017 by Janine |
Took advantage of this week's cool front to visit Jupiter Ridge, a nice chunk of coastal scrub habitat.

Florida Scrub Jay, our only endemic bird





Another creatively named creature, the Scrub Lizard





Gopher tortoise



Zebra swallowtail caterpillar





Lots of bird action in the garden. Painted buntings still here.



Sunbathing brown thrashers



Northern flicker



Giant swallowtail



And in screech owl news, there are two eggs!



I've set up a twitter for her, and just to post nice wildlife things in general. Check it out @janineimages

Birdy week

Mar 12, 2017 by Janine |
It's been an active week in the garden.

The goldfinches are starting to turn bright yellow. It is lovely to hear them all chattering and fussing amongst themselves.







Painted buntings also getting more colorful and more vociferous.



Cardinals pairing up



The screech owl is spending more time in the box





Riverbend park has also been more birdy lately

Barred owl



Sandhill Cranes



Sneaky raccoon



Another "bird" sighting from last week!



Some Riverbend sunsets









Bathtime in the garden, Manatees, Screech Owl

Feb 11, 2017 by Janine |
It has been hot this week, and the bird baths are quite popular.







Yellow throated warbler



Yellow rumped warbler with goldfinches



Video of robins, goldfinches, buntings, and others enjoying the bird baths:



Other unusual visitors:

Northern Flicker



Northern Parula



We did have a cool front a couple of weeks ago, which brought in the manatees. Got these shots at the Manatee Lagoon in Riviera Beach.











Lastly, the screech owl has continued to check out the nest box every few nights. Here she is testing out the bedding. I hope it is to her liking!



She has been back several times since, so we are hoping that she is planning to nest here.



Goldfinch invasion

Jan 29, 2017 by Janine |
The goldfinches are following a similar pattern as last year. We started with three at the beginning of the month. 3 became 6, which became 18, and now I estimate that we have 60+ visiting daily. They are funny to watch as they swarm the feeders.





Another unusual visitor, a ruby-crowned kinglet.



The female black-throated blue warbler is still skulking around.



Brown Thrasher in the bath



Red-shouldered hawks



My "citrus grove" is coming along nicely. I am even getting some fruit!



In other news, we replaced the old wooden owl box that was destroyed by the pileated woodpeckers. The new box is plastic and is wired with an infrared camera. We have seen a screech owl investigating the box this week. Hopefully they decide to nest again this year!



Birding and relaxing in Sanibel

Dec 22, 2016 by Janine |
Sanibel sunsets are the best



Nice and relaxing



Time for a nice bubble bath afterward





Lots of shorebirds.

Sanderling



Piping Plover





Snowy Plover (reported to USGS- will be interested to learn where it was banded originally)



Frigatebirds



A rainy drive around Ding Darling found this Yellow Crowned Night Heron.







A little blue caught a shrimp



We were supposed to take a romantic sunset cruise but the weather put a stop to that. So we ended up going out the next morning and saw lots of birds and dolphins!







Nice to be back home. Although, I have a to-do list a mile long, so it doesn't really feel like a holiday!

Have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year!

Steve Vai, Garden Birds

Dec 05, 2016 by Janine |
Last week we saw Steve Vai with VIP access. It was a wonderful experience to meet Steve and the band & crew.

Q&A with Steve. "Some kind of sorcerer"



We also got to roam around on the stage before the show





The show was amazing. Especially the surprise bit of "audience participation" at the end! ;)











After that excitement, it was nice to relax with the birds in the garden. The painted buntings have been steadily increasing in number.

Bath time



"The Waiting Stick." Each bird patiently awaits their turn in the bath.





Except for the male cardinal, of course.



The goldfinches are back

Nov 26, 2016 by Janine |
We've had some interesting birds pass though this week. A flock of robins flew over on Thanksgiving, and we've got 4 American goldfinches visiting the feeder. Here are 3 of them.



Hummingbirds never seem to cooperate by feeding from these flowers in the bright sunlight! It is always in the evening.



Cicada



Eastern phoebe. He likes sitting on this bat and looking for insects.



Speaking of bats, I've got a new bat detector that auto-detects bat species from their echo location calls. We have been astonished with the diversity of bats just in our garden- according to the detector we have Hoary Bats, Eastern Red Bat, Brazilian Free Tails, Evening Bats, and Big Brown Bat. The only one I have actually seen is the Hoary bat, because it is a large bat and it often flies around our yard at dusk. The smaller bats tend to wait until it is dark, so I've only "seen" them through the bat detector. There are certainly enough mosquitoes for them to eat!

A new visitor to the garden also arrived this week, a blue-headed vireo.



Supermoon from earlier this month