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!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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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

 

Thanks for reading !

 

 

SET THE BUFFET AND THE BIRDS WILL COME

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January 27, 2016

These cold winter days all it takes is some tempting seed hanging outside your window and  the  entertainment begins.  This bird house covered in various  seeds was a Christmas gift  from my daughter to both me and my backyard birds.  It gets picked clean pretty fast but can easily be reseeded by covering with peanut butter and then dipping into a bucket full of seed.

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It’s not easy to tell the difference between the Black Capped Chickadee and the Carolina Chickadee.  Interestingly,  I live right on the dividing line of where the 2 Chickadees reside – Black Capped  generally live to the north of the line and the  Carolina generally lives to the south of the line – thus, we get both!   My best  guess, without getting too technical, is this bird is a Carolina Chickadee.  These little rascals are also very quick so to get 3 decent photos in one day is amazing  luck!

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This Tufted Tit Mouse has a unique feature that she bows  her head to say grace before meals.

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The sunlight really  highlighted this female Cardinal’s beauty.   The dainty Carolina Wren  has rarely come to my feeder this winter,  so it’s a special treat when I see her.

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The  Purple Finch is  a colorful addition to my backyard and they are plentiful all year  round.   It can be  difficult to tell the Purple Finch from the House Finch as they are both pinkish  in color.  The easiest  way to differentiate is the Purple Finch’s beak is cone shaped and the House Finch’s beak curves downward a bit.

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The Pine Siskin is another bird I don’t see often so I was  doubly

delighted to see 2 !

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This  unique looking bird is  leucistic .   That’s when  there is a partial loss of pigmentation , causing white patchy feathers.  In my 10 years of birding, this is a first!

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Lastly, these Mourning Doves  found a comfy  place to relax on my patio chair.    Normally I  see them ground feeding or drinking from my bird bath, but I guess today they decided  “to sit and rest a spell”.

Hope you enjoyed this  peek into my backyard birding  and thanks for reading!

Backyard Birding Fall 2015

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Finch in  her  muted winter colors.

December  2015

As winter approaches the backyard buffet changes to black oiled sunflowers seeds and suet for energy and added fat for warmth.  Water is always  is needed but it is time to put the heater in it so my feathered friends can enjoy their “hot tub” once again.

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Always love this House Finches with the little hint of pink near their bottom.

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The Nuthatch  comes to dine  daily now as the days are cooler.  I  discovered the  nuthatch loves peanuts and will keep making continuous trips to the feeder until she has taken them all!

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The Tufted Titmouse  bath time.

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The Black Capped Chickadee  is so fast that it is difficult to photograph.   This was a lucky shot as she gracefully flees with her snack.

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This Flicker Woodpecker enjoyed a hearty meal of suet….

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So much so that……

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with his full belly,  the need for a nap came creeping in…..

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and he fell asleep for a good 10 minutes before he was interrupted.

Backyard birding is always free entertainment just outside my window!

Thanks for reading, please  feed the birds, if you can,  as food and water become scarce this winter.

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