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!

 

 

 

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 !

 

 

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.

chickadee at take off

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.

WINTER FEASTING FOR MY BACKYARD BIRDS

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Cardinal dressed up in his Christmas red coat.

December 18, 2014

Yesterday morning, with the snow flakes gently falling, I refilled the winter’s supply of nutrition for my little,  but ever so entertaining,  backyard birds.  Within moments of  going back inside, the show began at my kitchen window……..

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Black-capped Chickadee

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Flicker Woodpecker

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Finch, with just a hint of her Christmas colors

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Female Cardinal  looking a little grumpy but yet  her comb all done in an updo for the holidays

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My  favorite for last  – the Tufted Tit Mouse – who are so  darn fast I’m always lucky to get one photo, yet today I got three!

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Coming in for a landing…..

Hope you enjoyed the show! Thanks for reading!

PLEASE FEED OUR FEATHERED FRIENDS WHEN IT SNOWS

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Posting Dated  January 25, 2014

The snow has melted now ( thank God) .  Just like a lot of the country, we got hit with some winter weather this month.  But, in spite of the snow, a bird feeder and some water will still bring bird watching opportunities, plus, our feathered friends will be very grateful.  Here’s a sampling of my visitors:

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Carolina Wren

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Tufted Tit Mouse ( one of my favorites)

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Dark Eyed Junko

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Cardinal

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This Eurasian Sparrow and his mate  has been living in this house since last summer.

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Black capped chickadee  and  a Song Sparrow ( I think).  The Song Sparrow is  a regular  at my feeders and my birdbath all year round.

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A Gold Finch with her winter colors.

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