Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Baby Turkeys: Was it Worth It?

Baby Turkeys
Baby Turkeys

Baby Turkeys


Mike and Chris go for a walk around the block almost every morning. Yesterday, when walking past the park, there were several adult turkeys with some baby turkeys barely visible in the distance. Mike coerced Chris into changing their walk, going back home for the camera and binoculars, but by the time they returned, the turkeys were gone.

So this morning about 6:15, Mike nudged Chris in bed to get up early and see if the turkeys had returned. Chris reluctantly agreed, but when they reached the park, there was a lady walking a dog and no turkeys. After one lap around the block, Mike and Chris returned to the park and the dog was gone but still no turkeys. It was about the same time they saw the turkeys the previous day, so Mike suggested waiting, hiding in the penalty box of the skating rink in case the turkeys returned. About 5 minutes later, the turkeys appeared and Mike got some photos and Chris got some good views in the binoculars.




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Great Blue Heron Sticking His Tongue Out

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

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Blogger PR said...

This is such a great picture.

July 19, 2011 at 10:12 AM  

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Cliff Swallow Nests

Cliff Swallow
Cliff Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Cliff Swallow


We took the boat out this morning and found two cliff swallow nests.

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Barn Swallow Nest

Barn Swallow Nest
Barn Swallow Nest

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Kingbirds

Kingbirds
Kingbirds

Kingbirds


We often see a solitary kingbird in our yard, but we've never observed a family group until today. When we took the boat out this morning, there were 2 adults feeding a juvenile kingbird. Here are some photos of these birds.

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Turtle resting on a log

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Turtle

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Tufted Titmouse

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Tufted Titmouse

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Heron at our dock

 

Here's a photo of our dock. The heron on our boat is the most prominent, but if you look closely, you can see a sandpiper on the floating island. This island is also used by ducks, cormorants, turtles, a night heron and a great blue heron. The jelly feeder hanging in the tree is frequented by catbirds, woodpeckers and even by robins.

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