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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 9, 2015 6:02 PM CST
Thanks Ronnie. I'm hoping maybe he'll decide to take a few days of rest here & maybe I can get a photo of him. We just had the bush hog mow the property yesterday so there are lots of exposed bugs which the bug eating birds are enjoying. Maybe Mr. Hooded Warbler will decide to hang around & fatten up for a while.
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.
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Oct 9, 2015 6:25 PM CST
What a beautiful sight to see, Ann! Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 9, 2015 6:34 PM CST
It was Christine.
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: Margaret
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mcash70
Oct 9, 2015 7:58 PM CST
wildflowers said:What a beautiful sight to see, Ann! Smiling


I agree Thumbs up
Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Oct 10, 2015 7:13 AM CST
Ann, Hurray! Congratulations on the sighting of that beautiful bird, wow that yellow is so vivid !! That's one I've never seen in this area before. My bird book says they inhabit swamps and moist pine flatwoods in the panhandle and northern peninsula down to Ocala and that during fall migration they can be seen throughout the state from July through October.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 10, 2015 8:09 AM CST
Thanks Margaret & Lin.
Lin, it's good to have an actual location instead of looking at a map of the state that has no county lines on it. Although i know where our county is, it still gets a little hard to see on the tiny drawings they have.
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: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Oct 10, 2015 11:27 AM CST
It's Saturday morning and I didn't have to work! Yay!

So set up my camera on the tripod looking through the back window of my house. Here is what I captured on the camera this morning:

White-winged dove:

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More doves at the feeder:

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My first sighting of a Painted Bunting: An unbanded male!

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And a Bluejay drinking water from the ant moat of the hummingbird feeder:

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 10, 2015 11:40 AM CST
Beautiful shots Beckie!!!
Hurray! for the bunting!!!
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: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Oct 10, 2015 11:44 AM CST
But the best capture on camera was an exciting surprise!

I have been seeing at least 1 adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird for several weeks now. Don't know if it has been the same bird or several birds that all look alike. BUT ....

Here is his handsome self at the saucer feeder:

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Another photo of the same bird:

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I SAW the band on it's leg when I looked at that second photo, so I cropped and zoomed in the hummer's legs:

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I could only see the Number "7", but one of the boys banded last Winter was this band record. Note the band# J31357 !!!! I am sure that it is the same bird and so is Fred Bassett who banded this bird at my house on 1/19/2015!

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Here is what the bird looked like last Winter (photos taken by Fred):

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This is a photo of Fred holding the bird near me and taking a photo of me and #7 ! Big Grin

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 10, 2015 11:46 AM CST
Pretty cool Beckie!!!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Well, little #7 looks a tad thin. I'm sure you'll be fattening him up in no time. Big Grin
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: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Oct 10, 2015 11:50 AM CST
Fred's reply when I emailed him,

"Congratulations Becky
I agree it is your bird from last winter. Get him to tell you where he was this summer.
Fred"

Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Don't we wish we knew where this bird has spent time since he left my yard early last Spring! Confused
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 10, 2015 11:51 AM CST
YES! Too bad someone didn't report him. Sighing!
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: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 10, 2015 11:54 AM CST
One day we'll be able to take a piece of a feather & run tests on it & it will tell us exactly where he was within a 50 mile range. It will tell us what he's been nectaring on, what leaves & wood he's brushed against & how long ago & what soil particles got on him & just everything. Sort of like a DNA test only it will tell location & when at what location.
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: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

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plantladylin
Oct 10, 2015 12:03 PM CST
Oh Becky, what wonderful shots! That White-winged Dove is so pretty and the male Painted Bunting is gorgeous with those vivid colors! The male Ruby-throated hummer is a beauty too and that is so cool to have the same one back in your yard where it was first banded! Do the hummers stay around all winter or just pass through on their way farther south? I can't wait to move down there next May and see what birds I can attract to my yard!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Oct 10, 2015 12:22 PM CST
Ann - I keep hoping the scientists can develop a teeny-tiny light-weight tracking device! Thumbs up

Lin - Some pass through and some stick around. I have no idea how many for sure pass through my yard. But this little guy hung around the entire Winter 2015. He was 1 of 3 that hung around and all of them were banded on 1/19/2015. Thumbs up
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 10, 2015 12:25 PM CST
Wow, that is neat to have the same bird return to your garden. Beautiful shots all, Becky.
Elaine

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Oct 10, 2015 12:43 PM CST
Thanks Ann, Lin, and Elaine!

I forgot to post the photo of the Red-bellied Woodpecker who was mad at the other birds perch in the platform feeder and above the suet feeder above him and was trying to bite them. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! He eats this hanging suet and the sunflower seeds in the platform feeder.

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Oct 10, 2015 2:23 PM CST
Oops! I posted this on the wrong thread, so am posting it where it should be ...here ....

Well, I saw the adult male hummer at the same feeder again, so thought I would snap some more photos of it since it was facing the opposite direction. (Thinking I could get a photo of the entire band numbers.)

Loaded the photos onto my computer and started looking at them .... only to realize that it is a different adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird!!! This one is not banded. Surprise, surprise!!! COOL!!! Thumbs up

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I always suspect I have more than what I am seeing, but I was able to confirm it today! Big Grin


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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Oct 10, 2015 2:27 PM CST
I didn't even realize it was the wrong thread. Already gave you a thumbs up over-where ever it was. Hilarious!

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

Name: Lin
Florida Zone 9b, 10a

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Oct 10, 2015 2:27 PM CST
He is just so handsome ... love the WP shot too!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot! ~


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