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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 1, 2015 6:25 PM CST
How about a new thread for October? I did get some good grackle and cardinal shots today:
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Elaine

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 1, 2015 6:36 PM CST
Those are fantastic photos, Elaine! Thank you for the new thread. Smiling

Hilarious! The grackle looks angry and then the cardinal is looking over as if "what is your problem".
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 1, 2015 6:38 PM CST
Elaine, thanks for the new thread ... hard to believe it's October already. Great shots of the Grackle and the Cardinal! Those Grackles always seem to have an angry look about them.
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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 1, 2015 6:44 PM CST
Great shots Elaine! That grackle does look angry Hilarious!

Little chickadee taking a drink
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It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 1, 2015 6:55 PM CST
Looking for a little sympathy here, because one of the grackles that was here today really has a reason to look mad. He's got a big cyst of some sort on his chest right in front of his wing. I never noticed it, but I got a picture of it and it really took me by surprise. Then he was around a few more times through the day and I saw it. He seems to be able to fly all right, and eats lots of seeds but . . it's disturbing.

Nothing to be done, of course because I can't possibly catch him. If you want to see the picture, I'll Tree-mail it to you but it's sort of gruesome so I don't want to post it here.
Elaine

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 1, 2015 7:00 PM CST
That's a really pretty little chickadee. Lovey dubby

Awww, Elaine, it's very upsetting for me to see any animal in discomfort or have something wrong. Sorry you have to worry about your grackle! We'll worry with you. Group hug He looks so nice and shiny from the view in the pictures.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 1, 2015 7:23 PM CST
Well, I have a small gang of grackles around, and the one in the picture isn't the one with the cyst.

But . . . well he/she will either heal up, or disappear I guess. If it is a wound that has abcessed, it might just heal up. Let's hope it happens soon anyway.

Thanks, I needed a 'group hug'.
Elaine

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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 1, 2015 7:27 PM CST
A Group hug for both you and the Grackle, Elaine Group hug
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

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flaflwrgrl
Oct 1, 2015 7:54 PM CST
Group hug Group hug Group hug Elaine. Poor grackle. Thanks for the new thread and those photos are tee-rific! Yours of the chick a dee too Ronnie!
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Oct 2, 2015 5:54 AM CST

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has another Folklore Friday post on Facebook today! And it's another bird - the Kingfisher. Here's what they say:

"Folklore Friday: The Belted Kingfisher can be spotted at the Sanctuary October - March. Kingfishers play a variety of roles in Native American folklore. To the Northwest Coast Indians, the Kingfisher is a messenger and a sign of good luck to come. In Makah legends, however, a human thief was punished by being transformed into the first kingfisher. In the Siouan tribes, the Kingfisher is associated with fertility. Most often, the Kingfisher appears in traditional stories as a proficient hunter. It is said the Kingfisher is the promise of abundance, prosperity and love that is about to unfold within your life. According to Greek legend, Alcyone, daughter of Aeolus (king of the winds), found her husband drowned in a storm and so great was her grief, that the Gods permitted him to live again as a Kingfisher. Alcyone was also metamorphosed into a Kingfisher. The Gods provided that every year there should be 7-14 days (the seven days before and the seven after the winter solstice), when the sea was calm so Alcyone could tend her nest. This calm period became known as Halcyone days, a time of peace and tranquility. Thus the Belted Kingfisher’s species name, alcyon. Corkscrew Sanctuary offers “Halcyone days” year round."
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 2, 2015 10:57 AM CST
Elaine, ((((( Hugs ))))) for you and the poor Grackle.

Ronnie, great photo of that beautiful little Chickadee!

Melanie, thank you for today's Folklore Friday! The Belted Kingfisher is a fun bird to watch. I've seen them here in August but it's usually late October or early November before they show up.

Belted Kingfisher August 2012 ................................ two sightings in November 2013
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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Oct 2, 2015 11:22 AM CST
Oh I like the kingfisher, have seen them often in the woods but no pictures.
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 2, 2015 12:27 PM CST
Great shot Lin! They always make me laugh. That head of theirs with the feathers/crest always reminds me of a harried man. Think Don Knotts on Andy Griffith show when Barney would ran his fingers through his hair & it would get all wonked out. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 2, 2015 12:37 PM CST
Kingfisher bird is so attractive. I don't think I've ever seen one. With the name Kingfisher, I had him so much bigger pictured in my mind. Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 2, 2015 12:40 PM CST
I missed your post, Ann. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Oct 2, 2015 4:06 PM CST
It's been gloomy and rainy here all day but this duo has been around off and on all day, feeding in the next door neighbors yard.

White Ibis .............................................. Juvenile
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 2, 2015 5:18 PM CST
wildflowers said:Kingfisher bird is so attractive. I don't think I've ever seen one. With the name Kingfisher, I had him so much bigger pictured in my mind. Smiling


Kingfishers really are small birds. But you ought to see them fish!!!! THAT'S where the name comes from. They are amazing in action.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Oct 2, 2015 5:41 PM CST

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My Dad said he used to see Kingfishers feeding up and down the river when he lived in West Virginia. And if you haven't checked out the BBB Articles thread, look at this stunning photo of the never before photographed male Mustached Kingfisher! http://garden.org/thread/view_post/958204/
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 3, 2015 8:10 AM CST
Ann, I would love to see one in action!

Wonderful story of the mustached kingfisher, being the first one ever found and photographed (it's a beauty)! It really must have been like finding a unicorn!!


--Around here, I haven't seen the hummingbirds in about three days. Sad But, it's getting cool at nights, 55F right now and they are right on schedule, usually gone the first week of Oct.

Last trip to the store, dh asked if we needed to trade the sugar purchase in for some bird seed. I said yes. nodding Big Grin

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Oct 3, 2015 8:59 AM CST

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All right, bird folks. I've got some pictures and I even know a few of them. And as a bonus, I did not get stuck in a ditch today! Hurray!

I was caterpillar hunting and heard a weird noise above me in the oak tree. I had two Muscovy Ducks on a limb. One was hiding in the Spanish moss so you can just see its rump.

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I was walking out the front door when a Cardinal came swooping into my Jatropha. I tried to be stealthy and get a picture, but it flew into my Black Cherry. It took me a minute to locate it, but I got a picture. Turned out better than I thought, too.

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I drove looking for some caterpillar food when I saw two different Egrets in a ditch. I pulled the car over (safely, this time) and took pictures. One is a Great Egret and I believe the other is a Snowy Egret based on size, black bill, black legs, and yellow feet. I saw the feet when it kept flying away. Hilarious! Okay, here's the Snowy Egret first.

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And the Great Egret.

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As I drove down the road I saw four black birds on the ground. They scattered as I got close but since there was no traffic behind me, I stopped and took pictures. One had something he was eating on the ground but hopped on the fence to continue pecking at it. Now, before I knew about birds I would have just called this a Crow. Apparently, I'm right. But I see my book has the American Crow and the Fish Crow and I'll be darned as to which this is. Good thing is, I got decent pictures for you guys to stare at! FYI, the first picture is a different bird than the other pictures but they were together. It's just that the one in the first picture wasn't trying to eat something and had better posture. Hilarious!

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I keep hearing an owl hooting but I can never find it. I also saw a flock of White Ibises but it was raining by then so I kept driving.
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