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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Minou

Well, if you've been following me - you know that I lost my husband last summer after 40 years of marriage and life has changed on many levels and as such my blog has been neglected. Birding has also taken a 'backstage' so to speak for many different reasons and recently I went ahead and took the plunge and adopted a cat.
It had been suggested by many of my friends that I should get myself a pet to help with the emptiness and I figured....what have I got to lose.
I contacted H.E.A.L. in regards to a cat that had been in the paper for several weeks and I was informed that it had been adopted, however a sweet girl, which had not made the paper yet, was available, after chatting with the lady and telling her my lack of experience - she offered that I take her and try it out.
It has now been 5 weeks and I've decided that she's a keeper :). I'm learning a lot about e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. and it's quite an adventure....so without further ado, let me introduce you to Minou (French for Kitty)….
She is 1/2 Ragdoll - 1/2 Siamese - she is 3 years old and loves to eat, anything I serve is swell by her.

 She has intense piercing blue eyes and her fur is silky soft, she is learning to play and to trust me.


 I'd like to think that she feels comfortable in her new home - though, as cat goes - she is quite independent and does what she wants when she wants it and when she got tired of getting her picture taken - she simply covered her eyes.
Thanks for indulging me and for letting me share with you my new forever companion, Minou.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Miami and the Exotics

A new trip opportunity was presented this year - a visit to Miami with a local guide and the chances to see birds I'd never seen before....."Count me in!"
Our excursion began when we boarded the van driven by our trip leader, Ken. A couple stops along the way....Kirby Storter boardwalk and a visit to Shark's Valley - which brought memories back of a long time ago when I visited with my late husband, Tony and our two children who were 3 and 9 at the time - wow, that was 30 years ago! Anyway, I digress - we made it to Miami, settled into the hotel after dinner and got up bright and early on Sunday morning - come along and see what was on our tour.....
It is my hope that I labeled these Parakeets properly - there were so many different kinds that we saw along the way, you just wait and see...and oh.....

Surprise! We also spotted a migrant - a Cape-may Warbler.

A Spot-breasted Oriole! How sweet is that!

The Parakeets it turns out - they are very quiet while feeding in the trees however when they take off flying is when the chorus can be heard.

Some deception with those photos but I did get good views through my bins - the Red-whiskered BulBul was definitely my favorite of them all.


Several times during our journey we heard and saw those beautiful Cedar Waxwings.

And, do tell me, how in the world can a Moscovy Duck have such beautiful ducklings?

Sure, in the midst of all those exotics, I couldn't help myself but feel enamored with this Ring-billed Gull that was surrounded by those silver swirls.

A pretty Swan Goose.

Check this one out - we all stood on the side of the road with our bins on and when the Peacock started to shimmer and tremble its plumes - we unanimously exploded with ooohs and aaahs.



Then our bird guide, Paul Bithorn, took us to see the Hill Myna - another life bird for me - we watched as it strutted and showed us its 'waddle' on top of its head.

These were quite entertaining to watch....and so love-able.

Some Egyptian Goose - don't you think?

Around a shopping center we were able to find this pair of Common Myna.

Around the corner another Moscovy Duck with its little brood - how lovely to see this one that was all yellow.

A Red-tailed Hawk made an appearance and got the group into a lively discussion.

Near the horse tracks - at least 100 Pink Flamingos - not so much shrimp in those waterways.

More exotics.

and more Parakeets.




Well, as the wind blows - it's time to wrap it up and fly away back home....

A great time was had by all with memories to last a lifetime.
 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Kestrel, Red Knots and Osprey.

It had been some time since I had the opportunity to be on the beach and check some of my local shorebirds, today the weather was just perfect so I headed down the street.....come along with me....
How very odd and quite a nice surprise to find a male American Kestrel go fly by me and land along the edge of the beach in the vegetation....




At some point he flew and landed a bit further west - here you can see the beach scene and some folks collecting shells and doing the "sanibel stoop".

My little friend found a nice post and took some time to reflect and so I let him be.

 I then decided to drive to Bowman's Beach before the crowd becomes unbearable....so off we go...
Well, what a nice surprise - several Red Knots were at the beach today



As you can see some of them are starting to get their bright plumage and before we know it they will make their long journey north....

this fellow has a tag which I reported to the FB page of banded birds.

It was quite nice of him to show me his tag so nicely, don't you think?

Of special notation - these Terns are getting their breeding plumage - check those black caps on the Sandwich Tern and Royal Tern.

Not too far off the beaten path - there's several Osprey Nests - it was fun to catch this one in action....some fish for the lady.



And this concludes my beautiful trek along the sandy path - my soul feels rejuvenated and ready for what the week may bring.