Category Archives: Florida birds

A day for the birds…..

A beautiful,Florida day,today.
70’s,sunny,low humidity,and a clear blue sky.
Perfect for gardening.
I,usually,don’t take the camera with me,but,today,I did.
I wanted to see if the tomatoes….
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and the Meyer Lemons
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were close to being ripe.But nope.Not quite ready.Another day or two….

But it’s been a great day for bird watching at TheGreatWall.
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I believe this is a Pine Warbler.But I’m not sure…..
Carolina Wrens were in abundance.
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Two female Cardinals having a gossip session….IMG_1815 (2)
…. about this guy….

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IMG_1811 Red Bellied Woodpecker

This guy was more than pleased to pose….
IMG_1807He/she stood on my neighbor’s old dock for more than an hour before flying off.
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How’s the weather,today,in your garden?
Sunny and warm?
Or cold and snowy?

Returning……

For years,a few neighbors and I have been working on cleaning out the bank of the water behind TheGreatWall.
This past spring,I enlisted help to do a major clean-up.,on the bank behind TheGreatWall.
The bank was replanted with Walter’s Viburnum,
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Simpson’s Stopper Myrcianthes fragrans,
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Jamaica Caper  Capparis cynophallophora.
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Along with a Beauty Berry  Allicarpa americana,and a Sweetgum tree,…and a native Cassava Manihot escuenta,….which decided to join in…Spread by the birds I thinkthe objective was to return the bank and the water to as original as I could.
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So,imagine my surprise to find these….
eggs

Egg casings from an Apple Snail
I found these shells on the bank of the water…
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…And then,the other day,this guy/gal came to visit…..
An Anhinga…
…drying themself off…IMG_1409

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and all dried off…..
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After all the hard work,now it all seems worth it.
To see nature return to it’s beginnings.
To see creatures return.

Now,if just everyone could see things the way they should be…..

A visitor to TheGreatWall….

No,not the ever delightful Miss Emma.
After our trip to Sanibel Island,she is now busy with swimming lessons.
Nope….it is a juvenile Northern Bobwhite!’…
There I sat,
on the lanai.
Sipping a glass of Cabernet,
enjoying the evening….
…it’s been hot all day and finally the breeze kicked in…
and who should come strolling by?

This guy/gal!
male/female?
How do you tell?
A juvenile Northern Bobwhite!
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After the usual Google images check,and checking my National Audubon Society Field Guide to Birds,I realized how special this is.Their numbers have been dwindling due to loss of habitat.

So when someone says my garden is a jungle,they can just shut up!

I’m feeling happy!