BIRDING (&TURTLES TOO) AT THE LAKE OF THE OZARKS, 2017

Red Headed Woodpecker

July 7, 2017

An enjoyable weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend also allowed me some time for birding.   My most excited sighting was the Red Headed Woodpecker, which I have only seen in rare occasions and never this close up.   Such a beautiful woodpecker but also very quick, so the photos I succeeded in getting were patiently  earned!

The Downy Woodpecker is always a favorite, and yes, they  love  hummingbird nectar!

The Tufted Titmouse visits to the feeders  were  plentiful but I also  spied this one  perching in the tree near me.

The nuthatch are little piggies and  were at the feeders almost non stop.

Gotta love it when you can witness a baby finch being fed.

During  an adventurous  paddle boat ride, mama  and baby turtle were  found sunning themselves.  However, on a closer approach, mama wasted no time  diving in the water with baby not far behind…

Birds of all sizes came be seen at the lake…..

Hope you enjoyed cyber birding!

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MORE BACKYARD BIRDER SURPRISES

White Crowned Sparrow

May 11, 2017

The newest of my  backyard  feathered  visitors are  the White Crowned Sparrow.  They  are  usually a ground feeder, but after foraging at the bottom of my feeders,  they have  caught on that the food supply is more plentiful  at  a higher altitude.   I have counted as many as 7 at one time feasting and perching about the yard.

The Rose-Breasted Grosbeak ( male)  is  still a daily  visitor, along with his female counterpart………

The female grosbeak.

Lucky shot to  have caught  her during take off.

This robin fledgling was perched on my patio chair and chirping loudly for mom or dad to bring food.

In the clearing after a rain shower, this tufted titmouse came in for a moment of rest and seed.

The Downey Woodpeckers  frequently  quench their thirst  with hummingbird nectar.

Not sure who this little disheveled fellow is but he sure won my heart.

Hope you enjoyed!

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SUMMER BACK YARD BIRDING 2016

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Mr. Hummingbird  has his winter scarf on this chilly morning.

September 10, 2013

With  fall quickly approaching,  I wanted to share some summer  moments of my fine feathered friends….

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Ms Hummingbird is all puffed in the chill.

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Black Capped Chickadee

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The Nuthatch loves those peanuts.

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Lucky  shot of  the Tifted Tit Mouse  with her snack.

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While picking tomatoes at my daughter’s house,  I spied this little Wren spying at me.

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Gold Finch

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Purple Finch

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Finch with a strange color?

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Sometimes, Downy Woodpeckers think they are Hummingbirds.

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Female Cardinal

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Sleepy Blue Jay

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Lastly, a Flicker Woodpecker.

 

“Those who wish to sing,  always find a song.”

Old Swedish Proverb

 

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BACKYARD DOWNY WOODPECKER ACROBATICS

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MARCH 30, 2014

This handsome Downy Woodpecker comes to my backyard quite often to see what there is to munch on and I am always impressed with his coordination and agility.  Hope you enjoy watching him dine and entertain at the same time.

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Watching for danger and showing off his red crown at the same time.

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Here’s my downy white belly.

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Now showing off his fanciest trick of all.

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This is a female Downy (  without the red patch)  who comes frequently also – maybe a significant other?  We may never know  –  Downys don’t mate for life, it’s just a summer romance.

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Downys love suet !

 

 

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