Today is Thursday, July 24, 2014
Cliff Swallows on the Move
Cliff Swallows on the Move
American Cliff Swallow at the Nest

 

Saturday morning arrived with the unceasing pitter patter of raindrops hitting my bedroom window. It would be a perfect day for a bed-in, but plans had already been laid for a day of bird watching with my best friend Anthony Gray.

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Hummers and More

 

Where, oh where have the Hummingbirds gone? I have answered that question over and over this spring and now even through the start of summer.

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Still More Owls
Still More Owls

 

I now remember what I was also going to add to my last weeks article. The rangers from Cedars of Lebanon State Park, had sent me a message last Sunday, wanting me to do another owl prowl.

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Return of the White Pelicans
Return of the White Pelicans
Anthony feeding the baby ducks

 

This is my 300th article and I was hoping for a more spectacular something to write about, but this time of the year, there seems to be a shortage of things flying around.

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Bully in the Bird World
Bully in the Bird World
Male Red-winged Blackbird and daughter

 

Anthony Gray and myself had laid plans for a decent day of getting out into the countryside for some top notch birding. If everything had gone the way we had planned, it would have been perfect. As the old saying goes, the best of plans can sometimes head south very quickly.

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Be-Bopping with the Birds
Be-Bopping with the Birds
Eastern Kingbird

 

This past Saturday morning came much too soon for me. I can try to go to bed early, but there doesn't seem to be enough sleep time to actually recharge my internal batteries. Anthony Gray was punctual as always and we loaded up all my bird stuff and hoped for a good day.

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The Comeback Bird
The Comeback Bird
Northern Bob White Quail

 


After finding a quiet spell with the birds singing last weekend, Anthony Gray and myself decided to take a different approach to our Saturday morning trips into the country side. Instead of the 11am meals and then birding till later in the afternoon,we started at 7:30am, and what a difference it made.

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Owls, Owls, Owls, and More Owls
Owls, Owls, Owls, and More Owls
My excited little group of owl watchers

 

This first paragraph may not be bird related, but I feel like the ones involved are some of my kin folks. I want to congratulate my Cumberland Baseball team and coaches for winning their third national championship at the NAIA World Series out in Lewiston Idaho.

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Birds of a Feather
Birds of a Feather
Black-throated Green Warbler

 

I was talking about the bird count in my article in last weeks story, and thought that many of you had never heard of the Wood Warblers, a species of birds, that pass through here in the spring.

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Bird Count Saturday
Bird Count Saturday
Prothonotary Warbler

 

This might just be the last of our spring time winters. I have never seen the like of the blooming of the Blackberry plants. It seems that everywhere Anthony Gray and myself go on some of our bird travels, that we see plenty blooms on the roadside.

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Fun Time on Friday Read more...
A "Great" Time Was Had By All, at Cedars Read more...
Beautiful Birds of Spring Read more...
Return of the Swallows Read more...
Birds and the Bees Read more...
Hummers Are Here Read more...
Robins and Such, Must be Spring Read more...
They're Here Read more...
A Divine Wind is Blowing Read more...
Anthony's Swan Song Read more...
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