Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hawks and Geese, September 2, 2015

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wednesday Waters

Wild Bird Wednesday and ABC Wednesday
H is for Hawk
Red-Tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, Lee County, Mississippi, USA, August 27, 2015

The Red-Tailed Hawk belongs to the Accipitridae family of Hawks and Eagles. There are 240 species worldwide; 24 species breed in North America. They all have hooked bills and sharp talons for catching their prey.  Small rodents are the primary source of food for Red-Tailed Hawks.


Their favorite perches here in Mississippi seem to be electric power poles and dead trees. Their very sharp eyesight allows them to scan the ground for the slightest movement in the grass below. They also hunt 'on the wing' soaring over open country watching for their prey on the ground.


Coloration may vary from darker to lighter, but they can be identified by their rusty-red tail feathers (much more noticeable in flight).

Wednesday Waters
Lake at Ballard Park, Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, August 26, 2015

The Canada Geese were enjoying the cooler weather at Ballard Park last Wednesday.

Sometimes it is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.  Several small flocks came in to land on the lake, so I was able to photograph them with their 'landing gear' down.


Here come some more!

Have a Beautiful Day!

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Busy Bee, August 29, 2015

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, August 21, 2015

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These photos were made with a Canon PowerShot SX520HS camera and are unedited (SOOC)

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Have a Beautiful Week-end!

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Cooler Weather, August 28, 2015

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, August 26, 2015
We've had beautiful blue skies this week, and 81F (27C) is much more enjoyable than the upper 90s (36C) we had earlier this month.

Have a Beautiful Week-end!

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Fence with Dove, August 27, 2015

Mourning Dove, Lee County Mississippi, USA, August 21, 2015

You know how I like my fences - with birds on them!


I love the way the Mourning Dove ruffles up its feathers when it is preening.

Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura, aka Turtle Dove

Here it is at the base of the fence.

Have a Wonderful Day!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wildflowers and Herons, August 26, 2015

Wildflower Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and ABC Wednesday

Wildflower Wednesday
The fourth Wednesday of each month is Wildflower Wednesday
Meadow Beauty, Lee County, Mississippi, USA, August 16, 2015

I think this is Maryland Meadow Beauty, Rhexia mariana. (Virginia Meadow Beauty is very similar). The flower color ranges from a pale pink to a darker pink that comes close to blue/purple.


They prefer moist soil. I found these growing at the edge of a pond. The leaves are narrow and grow opposite each other along the stem. The fruit/seed pods were described by Thoreau as looking like little cream pitchers.

They can be found in most parts of the eastern United States and as far west as Texas.

Wild Bird Wednesday and ABC Wednesday
G is for Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron, Lee County, Mississippi, USA, August 17, 2015
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Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias

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I think my fascination with Great Blue Herons may become an obsession!

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Day Lily, August 24, 2015

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA
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Hope you have a great week!

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Dragonflies, August 22, 2015

I've seen a lot of Dragonflies this Summer.  I hope I have the correct name on each one.
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, July 14, 2015

Widow Skimmer, Libellula luctuosa

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, June 9, 2015

Common Whitetail Skimmer, Libellula lydia.

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, August 16, 2015

Common Whitetail Skimmer, Libellula lydia.

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, August 16, 2015

A very small dragonfly, the Eastern Amberwing, Perithemis tenera

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, August 16, 2015

Great Blue Skimmer, Libellula vibrans

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, August 16, 2015

Great Blue Skimmer, Libellula vibrans


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