Thursday, April 27, 2017

Good Fences: Squirrel, April 27, 2017

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, April 11, 2017
An old fence in front of a retaining wall with just a glimpse of the Tennessee River

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Have a wonderful day!

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I will be away for a few days at Camp Bluebird for Cancer Survivors.

Have a great week-end!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wildflowers: Mayapples, April 26, 2017

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, April 3, 2017
Mayapples, Podophyllum peltatum, are wildflowers found in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. They are woodland plants that multiply by underground rhizomes to form large colonies.

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, April 3, 2017
Though they bloom in April or May, the Mayapple fruit does not appear until in the Summer. Mayapples, generally considered to be poisonous, are grown as a ground cover and for their cute little flowers and umbrella-like foliage.

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 4, 2017
Please do not dig them up from their natural habitat. You can find them at garden centers that sell wildflowers. I bought these two plants last year, and I am delighted to see them again this Spring. I plan to buy more to create my own small woodland garden.

Happy Wildflower Wednesday!

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ABC Wednesday: Preening, April 26, 2017

ABC Wednesday and Wild Bird Wednesday
P is for Preening - A bird straightening or cleaning its feathers with its beak

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, March 30, 2017
European Starlings, Sturnus vulgaris, are natives of Europe that have spread around the world.

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, April 7, 2017
Killdeers, Charadrius vociferous, are plovers that live in both North and South America.

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, March 30, 2017
Great Blue Herons, Ardea herodias, are large North American Herons. They sometimes winter as far south as the northern parts of South America.

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Clematis, April 24, 2017

Macro Monday 2 and Through My Lens

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 7, 2017
Clematis, a flowering vine that originated in China and Japan, has been extensively hybridized to produce a dazzling array of petal arrangements and colors.

The Housefly, Musca domestica, is a world-wide pest that spreads diseases. Swat those flies!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Barn Collective, April 23, 2017

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 8, 2017
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Your bird photo for today...

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 8, 2017
... a Hawk!

Have a Blessed Day!

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dragonfly, April 22, 2017

Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and Shadow Shot Sunday 2
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 10, 2017
The Common Whitetail Skimmer, Plathemis lydia, is a dragonfly seen across much of North America. This is a male; the female has a brown body and a different wing pattern. Dragonflies eat mosquitoes and other small flying insects.

Doesn't it cast a pretty shadow!

It knows how to use camouflage. If I had not seen it light there, I would have never noticed it.

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

GF: Chipping Sparrow, April 20, 2017

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, April 11, 2017
Chipping Sparrow on a Split-Rail Fence
Click Here for an explanation of split-rail fence construction.

Chipping Sparrows, Spizella passerine, can be found all across the United States and in many parts of Canada. They sometimes winter as far south as Mexico.

Have a wonderful day!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Red-winged Blackbird, April 19, 2017

Guntown, Mississippi, USA, April 14, 2017
Red-winged Blackbirds, Agelaius phoeniceus, can be found across most of North America.
The male is easily identified by its red shoulders and yellow wing bars.

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, June 23, 2016
The streaked brown female, looking like a large dark Sparrow, is less noticeable.
I am not 100% absolutely certain, but I think this is a female Red-winged Blackbird (on left)
with a juvenile.

During the breeding season the males aggressively defend their territories against predators and other male Blackbirds. Their primary food sources are insects in the Summer, and seeds and grain in the Winter.

Have a beautiful day!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Canada Geese, April 18, 2017

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, April 16, 2017
Papa Goose, Mama Goose and family...

... four goslings!

Hope you are having a beautiful day!

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Mural: Crab, April 17, 2017

Booneville, Mississippi, USA, April 16, 2017
I found this mural depicting the Horseshoe Crabs of Delaware Bay on the side of a U-Haul rental truck. Did you know that the Crab's blood is blue?

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Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter, April 16, 2017

Rejoice Always!
I Thessalonians 5:16

I found this message on a Girlie Girl™ shirt.

Happy Easter!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, April 2017

Northeast Mississippi, USA zone 7

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA
Our Apple tree is attracting butterflies!

Black Locust tree

My Red Buckeye shrubs are blooming, and the seeds I planted last year are coming up!

The below freezing temperatures in March did not harm my double Clematis

Another Clematis vine

Oxalis

Geraniums on my front porch

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
and
Happy Easter!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Sky Watch Friday, April 14, 2017

Sky Watch Friday, I'd Rather B Birdin', Saturday's Critters, and Camera Critters
Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, April 11, 2017
We had cloudy skies all day Tuesday for our trip to Shiloh National Military Park. Can you see that black dot near the top of the tree on the right side?

It's a Bald Eagle!

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Good Fences: Starling, April 13, 2017

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, March 30, 2017
Dead vines from last year will soon be replaced by new growth along this fence.

European Starlings, Sturnus vulgaris, introduced in New York from Europe in 1890, are aggressive birds that compete with native North American birds for nesting sites and food.
But to their credit, they eat enormous quantities of insects.

Hope you are having a beautiful week!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Great Blue Heron, April 12, 2017

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, March 30, 2017
Out of hundreds of Great Blue Heron photos that I have made, this one is my favorite!

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Crane Fly, April 10, 2017

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 7, 2017
Crane Fly on Daffodil
Have a wonderful week!

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Barn Collective, April 9, 2017

McNairy County, Tennessee, USA, April 3, 2017
As the trees begin to leaf out we have more shades of green than Crayola has colors!

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And now for your bird today...

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, April 3, 2017
...a Bald Eagle!

Have a blessed day!

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Critters, April 8, 2017

Saturday's Critters, Camera Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, March 9, 2017
Squirrels are everywhere! This one was keeping an eye on me as it searched through the grass for something to eat.

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, April 3, 2017
And there are lots of Sparrows, too. This House Sparrow, fluffing and preening its feathers, made me smile!

I hope you have a beautiful week-end!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Sky Watch Friday, April 7, 2017

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, April 3, 2017
We had almost 3 inches (7cm) of rain Sunday night, and skies were still very cloudy when we went to Pickwick Lake on Monday.

There were very few boats on the water.

But the Gulls and Great Blue Herons were having a fine time fishing. It is interesting to me that the Great Blue Herons fold their necks back in flight while most other birds extend their necks.

Hope you are having good weather where you are!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Good Fences, April 6, 2017

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, March 19, 2017
A barb wire fence with a metal posts interspersed with wood posts is a common sight here in north Mississippi.

On another fence on another day...
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, March 30, 2017
...an American Crow, Corvus brachyrhynchos

I hope you have a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Meadowlark, April 5, 2017

ABC Wednesday and Wild Bird Wednesday
M is for Meadowlark - a North American bird of the Blackbird family of birds

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, March 16, 2017
Eastern Meadowlarks, Sturnella magna, can be found in meadows, pastures, prairies, and other open grassy areas in the eastern half of the United States and in southeastern Canada. Their cousins, the Western Meadowlarks, claim the western US and southwestern Canada as their territory. There is some territory overlap in the middle of the continent, making distinguishing between the two difficult unless you hear their totally different songs.

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, March 30, 2017
They eat insects (including grasshoppers, crickets, caterpillars, and grubs), seeds, grain, and fruit. Fence posts are favorite perches for the males as they sing to establish their territories and attract females.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

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