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Old 02-17-2013, 11:08 AM   #211
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No pictures, but last weekend was a good one for birds here. Our naturalists group took a river drive on Saturday that brought me four life birds (not that I keep an actual list): an American coot (too cute for words), a male canvasback duck, a flock of hooded mergansers, and three bald eagles. Then a Sunday walk near our neighborhood wildlife preserve brought two pileated woodpeckers, only the second time I had ever seen that species, and never close enough to see the colors.
Great sightings, Rebek!

I don't have an official list either, but I tend to get excited when I see one I've never seen before. Perhaps I should make a list. I saw my first bald eagle when we moved here! I've seen them once or twice since. The first time I saw one, I was amazed--I've always assumed they were so rare...and combined to vast wild places somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Nice to know they are making. Comeback and can be spotted where I live.
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Old 02-17-2013, 01:05 PM   #212
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GREAT shots, one and all...but I must say that the first one just blew me away! Beautiful!

Thanks Dap, that is a waterway right down the street from my house. It has been unusually busy. Here is one from this morning.
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Thanks Dap, that is a waterway right down the street from my house. It has been unusually busy. Here is one from this morning.
Wow! How wonderful that it is so close to you...and so active.
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My "life" bird is a painted bunting. I'd love to see 1 of those.
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My "life" bird is a painted bunting.
I've seen an indigo bunting...our second year here, I think. So, even though I never knew what a "life bird" was until recently, I guess I'm seeing a few of my own right here in my own back yard! That is just one of he benefits of creating native habitat around where one lives. I'm looking forward to an increase in biodiversity every year as I add more and more, and as I create more functional habitat. Just think what the coming years could bring!
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Thanks Guys, There was alot happening today, I finally got a half way decent shot of the Osprey.
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I wish I could get away for just a little bit.... maybe some place nice and warm where.... I COULD GET some shots like that!!! Just kidding.... really glad it didn't fly out of the frame before you clicked!!!
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Thanks Guys, There was alot happening today, I finally got a half way decent shot of the Osprey.
That's a three-quarter way decent shot or better!
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Equil, we spent the Christmas holiday with relatives about an hour from Viceroy's neck of the woods. Not only was it warm there; the parks and bird life were incredible. Ospreys galore, and a cousin reports that sandhill cranes are so plentiful in her neighborhood that they've become a nuisance.
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Thanks Dap, that is a waterway right down the street from my house. It has been unusually busy. Here is one from this morning.
Wow, was that a shot of a Limpkin? Just my guess, I have never seen one, we don't have them in Texas.
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