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Apr 9, 2018 10:04 AM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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If this doesn't turn out right... Sorry! This is my first time trying to start a new thread! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers!
April is well on it's way, so I thought we should start a new thread. Let's leave March behind...
https://garden.org/thread/go/7...
I'll get things started! The birds are looking for food after our 4" snowfall yesterday!
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Apr 9, 2018 10:18 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Wow snow!! Really nice pictures! Lovey dubby

It's greening up here.

Female Cardinal
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Apr 9, 2018 11:51 AM CST
Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
Here it s April, and I am still working on March birds. Oh well; here are some Parkway Robins from 5 March:
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Apr 9, 2018 2:24 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Beautiful photos everyone!
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
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Apr 9, 2018 2:56 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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@EscondidoCal,

Thanks for the acorns! That's very generous of you!
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Apr 9, 2018 4:42 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Those photos really are great Rose. Sharp! Thumbs up
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
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Apr 9, 2018 5:13 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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flaflwrgrl said:Those photos really are great Rose. Sharp! Thumbs up


Thank you! *Blush*
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Apr 9, 2018 6:54 PM CST
Name: Meredith
Atlanta (Zone 8a)
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Here's some bluebird cheer!
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Apr 9, 2018 7:12 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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
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Apr 9, 2018 8:18 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Rose1656 said:If this doesn't turn out right... Sorry! This is my first time trying to start a new thread! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers!
April is well on it's way, so I thought we should start a new thread. Let's leave March behind...
https://garden.org/thread/go/7...
I'll get things started! The birds are looking for food after our 4" snowfall yesterday!
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Good job, Rose, on the thread & the pics! Thumbs up
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Apr 10, 2018 7:24 PM CST
Name: Johnny
Titusville FL. (Zone 10a)
rainy today in the ol back yard. blue jay and ibis came by to say hello I tip my hat to you.
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Apr 10, 2018 10:52 PM CST
Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
Continuing with Merganser images from 5 March, here are some rare drake wing flapping display (the Mallards do it much more frequently) images:
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And then, there is a launch and flight sequence:
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Apr 11, 2018 4:33 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Lazy mallards in our pond.

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Apr 11, 2018 5:09 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Beautiful!
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Apr 11, 2018 1:02 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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I've been working outside lately, trying to get a few things planted around the yard so I haven't taken the time for photos but the hummingbirds have been around for the past week and I finally picked up the camera to see if I could get some pictures.

Hawks are around again and I also managed a clear shot of one this morning. They seem to like to perch on the dead branch at the top of a neighbors pine tree:
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird
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Apr 11, 2018 2:07 PM CST
Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
To wrap up my 5 March Parkway stroll, we first have a bit of equal opportunity wing flapping display by the Merganser hen:
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Apr 11, 2018 2:11 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Apr 11, 2018 5:01 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Silly wing flapping ducks. I wonder why ducks do that? Anyone know?
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Apr 11, 2018 5:31 PM CST
Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
flaflwrgrl said:Silly wing flapping ducks. I wonder why ducks do that? Anyone know?



I posted more or less the same question last month and got the following reply

joannakat said:
@marsrover, I was wondering the same thing! And we're not alone. Here's a very text-heavy description of some duck behavior you may find interesting:
https://web.stanford.edu/group...
I found what they wrote about the wing flapping to be rather funny considering that I was looking for answers


Whatever the reason, it is neat to watch. It's when they beat the water with their wings or do somersaults in the water that I am really puzzled!
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Apr 11, 2018 6:03 PM CST
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Little Red Capped Sparrow, or is it Chipping Sparrow? The start of the returning birds for us! The Turkey Vultures have been back for a while, but I haven't been able to get a good picture.
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I'm ready for these little Juncos to leave!
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