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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Jun 1, 2018 9:56 AM CST
Since it's June 1st and I don't yet see a new thread for the month, I thought I'd begin one.

I suspected Carolina Wrens were building a dummy nest in an old birdhouse sitting on the brick window ledge in the backyard. I hadn't seen them around in about a month but when I had the dogs out earlier, I was moving some shepherds hooks with feeders and one of the Wrens flew from that area, up to the fence and a couple of seconds later another flew in with nesting material. They were going back and forth, taking turns and then at one point one stayed in there while the other brought more nesting material and passed it inside to the other. It still may end up being a dummy nest but I'm going to keep watch. Here's the series of shots I took while standing about 10 feet away. They watched me but didn't seem too concerned about me being in close proximity.
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A Tufted Titmouse also stopped at a feeder for a treat while I was out there:
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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jun 1, 2018 2:57 PM CST
Thanks for keeping the ball rolling, Lin. Smiling

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Hanging out......(8 image slideshow):
http://cal3d.com/Ducks%202018/...


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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jun 1, 2018 3:05 PM CST
plantladylin said:Since it's June 1st and I don't yet see a new thread for the month, I thought I'd begin one.

I suspected Carolina Wrens were building a dummy nest in an old birdhouse sitting on the brick window ledge in the backyard. I hadn't seen them around in about a month but when I had the dogs out earlier, I was moving some shepherds hooks with feeders and one of the Wrens flew from that area, up to the fence and a couple of seconds later another flew in with nesting material. They were going back and forth, taking turns and then at one point one stayed in there while the other brought more nesting material and passed it inside to the other. It still may end up being a dummy nest but I'm going to keep watch. Here's the series of shots I took while standing about 10 feet away. They watched me but didn't seem too concerned about me being in close proximity.
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A Tufted Titmouse also stopped at a feeder for a treat while I was out there:
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Great wren pics, Lin! Thumbs up
Especially like #7 .....peeking out of the door.
Also, the Titmouse......you must have quick reflexes to get those little guys.

We have a few wrens, but haven't had success with them using the houses I've made.
I'm going to try gourds next year. I have dried ones now, but too late I think for this year.
Been so busy with the pond project, and gardening in general.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 1, 2018 4:22 PM CST
I'm sitting here with the biggest smile on my face from looking at those wren pics of Lin's. My favorite is #8.

Nice slideshow Cal! Thumbs up
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 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
Jun 1, 2018 5:48 PM CST
Thanks y'all.

Cal, what a great slide show ... I love that pond and the pretty Mallards!

I was able to get fairly close to that old birdhouse with the Wrens and when I uploaded my photos, I laughed out loud at the expression on that birds face as it was coming out of the entrance and spotted me. For the Tufted Titmouse shot, I was at the other end of the yard and zoomed in. They are quick little things but don't seem too bothered as long as I'm not close by.
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 1, 2018 6:04 PM CST
Oh & thanks for the new thread for June too.

Yes, I can't get over the expression on that wren's face! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
A nation mourns its fallen soldiers, who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. And Junior? Well, Junior spies their solemn white graves from the back of his limousine, and he grieves for the inconveniences he overcame for his silver spoons. Quoth the Craven “Nevermore.” ~Walter Shaub~
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jun 1, 2018 7:18 PM CST
plantladylin said:Thanks y'all.

Cal, what a great slide show ... I love that pond and the pretty Mallards!

I was able to get fairly close to that old birdhouse with the Wrens and when I uploaded my photos, I laughed out loud at the expression on that birds face as it was coming out of the entrance and spotted me. For the Tufted Titmouse shot, I was at the other end of the yard and zoomed in. They are quick little things but don't seem too bothered as long as I'm not close by.

@flaflwrgrl, @plantladylin......Glad you liked the slideshow. Smiling

Maybe I asked already, but what camera are you using? Super images.
Amazing resolution from the other end of the yard (~50ft?).


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Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Jun 1, 2018 10:19 PM CST
Continuing the 15 May Lehigh Parkway Saga, after Nelly had ingested he snake, she retired to a good defensive, but nonphotogenic position. I waited for about another thirty minutes, and then headed up to the bird boxes pat the native American museum to check on the Tree Swallows. I found one by the second box, and she was very accommodating, posing for about six minutes. At times, I was able to have the camera within two feet of her. Here are a few of the resulting images:
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All of my best images from this sequence are in a Kioza Flash video file at the following link:
http://www.kizoa.com/Movie-Vid...
I am not sure how long the Swallow would have posed, but as soon as I started to leave, she flew off.
I headed back downstream to see if Nelly was still hanging around?

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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 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
Jun 2, 2018 6:14 AM CST
EscondidoCal said: Maybe I asked already, but what camera are you using? Super images. Amazing resolution from the other end of the yard (~50ft?).


Cal, Thank you! My camera is a Canon PowerShot SX60HS. Yes, for the Tufted Titmouse shot, I was probably 50 or so feet away but it's just luck for me when pictures turn out clearly; all I do is zoom in and click the button. Green Grin!

I know nothing about cameras; I have to leave it on the automatic setting because when I start fiddling with things, I end up screwing up all the settings and then can't seem to figure out how to get it back to where I want it ... and then I have to wait for my husband to take the time to reset it to auto for me.


~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Jun 2, 2018 10:17 AM CST
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There's a nest in the planter since this dad/Mom comes every few minutes to bring food - I tried to sneak peak on that side but couldn't see anything.
The bird has a long beak and sings a lovely song. Anyone recognize it?
I don't know my birds...

My DH took the photo - need to try to get a close up photo.
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joannakat
Jun 2, 2018 11:34 AM CST
Oh, Robert! I can almost hear that swallow singing! Gorgeous pictures. Thumbs up
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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 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
Jun 2, 2018 11:42 AM CST
The Swallows are so gorgeous ... wish we had them here!

Betsy, I can't see that bird clearly but I think it might be a Wren of some sort. They do have really pretty songs. The Carolina Wren has a longer bill then the House Wren.

I found this page with a list of Texas Birds (and some gorgeous photos!): http://www.pbase.com/dadas115/... It appears that y'all have a few Wrens in your state; check out these two for comparison:

Carolina Wren: http://www.pbase.com/dadas115/...
Bewick's Wren: http://www.pbase.com/dadas115/...
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jun 2, 2018 11:51 AM CST
plantladylin said:
Cal, Thank you! My camera is a Canon PowerShot SX60HS. Yes, for the Tufted Titmouse shot, I was probably 50 or so feet away but it's just luck for me when pictures turn out clearly; all I do is zoom in and click the button. Green Grin!

I know nothing about cameras; I have to leave it on the automatic setting because when I start fiddling with things, I end up screwing up all the settings and then can't seem to figure out how to get it back to where I want it ... and then I have to wait for my husband to take the time to reset it to auto for me.
Good work, Lin! You're a natural nature photographer. Thumbs up
Great camera, too. Smiling

Most of the time I shoot on "auto", too, though I may under- or over-expose, depending on the situation.
I spend more time on lighting, angle, composition, & "juxtaposition" (e.g cliftoncat =).


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Name: Robert
Allentown, PA
marsrover
Jun 2, 2018 12:00 PM CST
joannakat said:Oh, Robert! I can almost hear that swallow singing!


You might think so, but she never made a sound during the whole sequence! Sighing!
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 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
Jun 2, 2018 12:36 PM CST
EscondidoCal said:Good work, Lin! You're a natural nature photographer.Great camera, too. Most of the time I shoot on "auto", too, though I may under- or over-expose, depending on the situation.
I spend more time on lighting, angle, composition, & "juxtaposition" (e.g cliftoncat =).

Cal, thanks for your kind words. I do wish that I'd studied and learned more about photography and cameras when I was young! I don't usually remember to think about lighting, angle, composition, etc. before I snap the shot so I never really know what they're going to look like until I download them to my laptop for viewing. I get a lot of over-exposed and under-exposed photos and I do try to darken or lighten them with the edit option on my computer but even that sometimes doesn't help much and I trash many, many more pic's than I save ... but I still enjoy taking pictures of the birds, squirrels, bugs, blooms and my dogs, when I can get them to sit still long enough. Green Grin!


~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


Name: Bumplbea
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Jun 2, 2018 3:48 PM CST
The hummers are little piggies....
Calliope hummingbirds

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Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
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EscondidoCal
Jun 2, 2018 4:10 PM CST
plantladylin said:
Cal, thanks for your kind words. I do wish that I'd studied and learned more about photography and cameras when I was young! I don't usually remember to think about lighting, angle, composition, etc. before I snap the shot so I never really know what they're going to look like until I download them to my laptop for viewing. I get a lot of over-exposed and under-exposed photos and I do try to darken or lighten them with the edit option on my computer but even that sometimes doesn't help much and I trash many, many more pic's than I save ... but I still enjoy taking pictures of the birds, squirrels, bugs, blooms and my dogs, when I can get them to sit still long enough. Green Grin!
You really do have a good photographic eye & technique, regardless of the camera. Smiling
BTW, I started taking pics in the '60's ....carried all the gear and then some. Very happy to have a point-and-shoot now, AND
not having to use roll film! God bless the people who invented digital cameras. Life is good.

Practice, practice, practice. Smiling
And have fun. Thumbs up


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Name: Bumplbea
Oregon (Zone 8b)
Flower show judge
Ponds Hellebores Composter Herbs Keeper of Koi Keeps Horses
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Aquaponics Greenhouse Clematis Lilies Cut Flowers
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bumplbea
Jun 2, 2018 4:35 PM CST
California Quail . Calliopepla Californica. With coma-shaped black plume,
"Topknot". Every year the whole family shows up with their cousins and friends. They are so loud clucking away constantly and fast runners. I can never get very close they race for cover faster than I can catch a pic of them.

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I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 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
Jun 2, 2018 6:20 PM CST
Cardinal
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... well, it has wings! Green Grin! Dragonfly
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~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Jun 2, 2018 7:34 PM CST
plantladylin said:

... well, it has wings! Green Grin! Dragonfly
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WOW!!!

AKA Joey.

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