Wednesday, March 29, 2017

American Robin, March 29, 2017

Booneville, Mississippi, USA, February 17, 2017
American Robins, Turdus migratorius, are welcomed as the first sign of Spring in many parts of the United States and Canada. They sing a series of notes, rising and falling in pitch: cheer-up, cheerily, cheer-up, cheerily. They eat insects, earthworms, snails, and fruit.

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, March 9, 2017
At 9-11 inches (23-28cm) they are about twice the size of European Robins. Even though they are both called Robins, they are not closely related.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Butterfly Shadow, March 27, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday 2, Macro Monday 2, and Through My Lens

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, March 9, 2017
Butterfly on my front porch

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

The Barn Collective, March 26, 2017

The Barn Collective
McNairy County, Tennessee, USA, March 6, 2017
I almost did not see this barn set back in the woods behind the fence.

My dear husband turned our car around and drove by it slowly so I could get photos.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mourning Dove, March 25, 2017

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

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 14, 2017
Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura.
I almost forgot I had these Dove photos. I had computer problems that lasted most of February. Finally, I gave it up as a lost cause and got another computer. Thankfully, the computer guy was able to copy my photos from the dead computer to an external hard drive. And here they are - my Dove photos!

The pear trees have budded and bloomed since I made these photos in January.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

SWF: Cardinals, March 23-24, 2017

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, March 18, 2017
This male Cardinal really shines against the beautiful blue skies we have had this week.

And here is the female Cardinal.
Perhaps they are mates; they were close together in the same tree.

I hope you have a beautiful week-end!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Red-Headed Woodpecker, March 22, 2017

Booneville, Mississippi, USA, February 17, 2017
Red-headed Woodpeckers, Melanerpes erythrocephalus, can be found in the eastern half of the United States and in southeastern Canada. They eat nuts, seeds, fruit, and insects (sometimes catching them in the air). Nests are built in cavities of dead or dying trees, but if a natural cavity is not available they can use their strong bills to dig out a nesting place. Habitat loss is reducing their numbers, but they are not yet listed as threatened.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Barn Collective, March 19, 2017

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, March 12, 2017
Looking out my kitchen window at sunrise last Sunday, I could hardly believe what I saw on our barn roof...

A light dusting of snow!

Of course, it melted when the sun was fully up.

I am seeing a lot of Eastern Bluebirds this Spring, so I am including a photo of one here for your enjoyment.

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, February 19, 2017
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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Cows and Ducks, March 18, 2017

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

Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters
Hardin County, Tennessee, USA, March 6, 2017
My question is, "How did that cow get up on the hay trailer?"

I'd Rather B Birdin'
Ring-necked Ducks
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, February 19, 2017
It has been suggested that Ring-necked Ducks should be called Ring-billed Ducks as the white ring on the bill is much more visible than the chestnut neck ring. The black and white birds are the males; the brown ones are females.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day March 2017

Northeast Mississippi, USA zone 7

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, March 14, 2017
My Hellebores are full of blooms. The colors of the older blooms are faded; the newer blooms are still pink.

These Daffodil blooms are small, but there are lots of them, two or more blooms on each stem.

Most of the larger Daffodils have finished blooming. I have just a few of these still in bloom.

Snowflakes, Leucojum, grown from bulbs, are in the Amaryllis family.

Easter Rose Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora' is a native of Japan, China, and Korea.

I fear for my double white Clematis that is forming buds. Our temperatures are predicted to drop to 24F (-4C) overnight. If these buds are frozen, hopefully new buds will form.

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Junco, March 14-15, 2017

ABC Wednesday and Wild Bird Wednesday
J is for Junco hyemalis - Dark-eyed Junco, a North American migratory bird

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, March 9, 2017

Juncos are grey sparrows with white underparts. They spend the Winter in the southern United States, and go to the northern United States and Canada to breed in the Summer. Here in the southeastern United States they are commonly called 'Snow Birds' for their habit of arriving at the beginning of Winter and leaving in the Spring.


Dark-eyed Juncos, Slate-colored Juncos, Oregon Juncos, and White-winged Juncos were once considered separate species because of differences in coloration, but they are now classified as the same species because they interbreed where their ranges overlap. You may see them on the ground foraging for seeds, beetles, caterpillars, spiders, and ants. You can attract them to your backyard feeders by offering millet seeds.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Mural and Wildflower, March 13, 2017

Monday Mural and Macro Monday 2

Monday Mural
'Produce' - Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, March 3, 2017
I found this mural on the side of a delivery truck at one of the Kroger grocery stores in Tupelo.

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Macro Monday 2
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, March 9, 2017
This tiny wildflower is Claytonia virginica 'Spring Beauty'

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, March 12, 2017
And when I say 'tiny' I do mean tiny!

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Barn Collective, March 12, 2017

The Barn Collective
Marshall County, Mississippi, USA, February 19, 2017
See the dogs? I thought they were real at first, but no, they are very life-like statues.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Critters: Raccoon, March 11, 2017

Saturday's Critters and Camera Critters

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, March 4, 2017
Raccoon caught 'red-handed' robbing the bird feeder in broad daylight!

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Sky Watch Friday, March 10, 2017

Sky Watch Friday and I'd Rather B Birdin'

Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, March 6, 2017
The sun was trying to break through the clouds when we were at Pickwick Lake on Monday. (The background structure is the highway bridge over Pickwick Dam).

The Mallards were taking advantage of the small window of sunshine to preen their feathers.

And a Great Blue Heron was surveying his domain from a nesting platform.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bald Eagles, March 8, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday, Wednesday Around The World, and Good Fences

Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, March 6, 2017
Skies were threatening rain when we went to Shiloh National Military Park last Monday. Each year a pair of Bald Eagles nest in this tall pine tree near the Tennessee River. They began nesting late in January this year. I hope that in a month or two I will be able get photos of the young eaglets. A fence keeps people from getting too close.

At first I could see only a head above the side of the nest. Then I walked around to the other side of the tree for a better view.

Magnificent birds! So handsome! You can see just a glimpse of the other Eagle sitting on the nest. The parent birds take turns on the nest while the other one brings food (a fish from the river). I do not know which one is which.

Bald Eagles, Haliaeetus leucocephalus, are misnamed; their Latin name, leucocephalus, means white-headed. They are fish eaters, and can grab fish from the water with their strong talons. Sometimes they steal fish from smaller birds such as Ospreys. They are the national bird of the United States, protected by law, and can be seen over much of North America.

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Eagle Nesting Area. Closed to all entry.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Kerria, March 6, 2017

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, February 27, 2017
Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora' is a native of Japan, Korea, and China. Its common name here in the United States is Easter Rose, because it blooms during the Easter season. I was surprised to see a bloom in late February, but we have had a mild Winter. Easter Sunday is in mid-April this year. I hope it is still in bloom then.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Barn Collective, March 5, 2017

The Barn Collective and Monday Mural

The Barn Collective
Marshall County, Mississippi, USA, February 19, 2017
A well-kept barn still in use

Monday Mural
Booneville, Mississippi, USA, February 26, 2017
A mural celebrating Mount Pleasant, Iowa: Home of the Old Threshers Reunion. This year's reunion will be August 31 through September 4. Wish I could be there.

I found the mural on the side of a U-Haul rental trailer in Booneville, Mississippi.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Critters: Brown Thrasher, March 4, 2017

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

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 27, 2017
Brown Thrashers, Toxostoma rufum, relatives of Mockingbirds and Catbirds, can imitate an amazing number of other bird's songs. They live in dense shrubs, hedgerows, and edges of forests in eastern and central United States and southern Canada.

Since they are ground feeders that eat insects, worms, berries, fruit and seeds, I was surprised to see this one on my suet feeder. It must be the sunflower seeds in the suet that attracted him. These photos are not as clear as I would like them to be; they were made through my dining room window.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Great Blue Heron, March 1, 2017

ABC Wednesday and Wild Bird Wednesday

H is for Herons - medium to large wading birds with long legs, long necks, and long bills.

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 22, 2017
Great Blue Herons, Ardea herodias, are the largest North American Herons. Because of special vertebrae in their necks, Herons are able to draw their necks back into an S shape.

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 22, 2017
They stand motionless or move slowly through shallow water, stalking their prey. Then they strike fast as lightening to catch a fish. They also eat amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and insects.

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, January 5, 2017
On cloudy days Great Blue Herons may appear to be a dull gray, but on a sunny day you can see their dark blue feathers that are even more noticeable when they fly.

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