Rock and Wind Fishing

Hopping from rock to rock to follow and catch fish is a favorite game of the Great Blue Heron.

Read Harvey’s story (BELOW):

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Harvey: “Sorry, Teddy and Eddy White Egret; move back. This is my fishing rock.”

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Harvey: “And I see ya, fish…

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and I gotcha!

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Yum! But, it is a bit windy…

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today…Ooooop! A little help from my wings…

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should…Oooops!…do…!…Where’s the — (oooohhhhh…that’s cold!) — rock?”

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Credit:
Story and Ph0tos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Mourning Doves Nest

A pair of Mourning Doves were busy nesting in the back yard this morning. The pair worked tirelessly and quickly to haul large branches and branches loaded with leaves to their perch in a tree at the side of our apartment building. One bird stayed in the nest to arrange and rearrange delivered material, while the other acted as the delivery man.

Here are some highlights from their endeavor, including a couple of fly-in and fly-outs.

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Checking out the material

 

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Patiently waiting for the next delivery

 

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Out to get more branches and (below) back to the nest and back out!

 

 

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Images Credit:
From the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

Kissing Cardinals

A pair of Cardinals have been nesting and playing in our backyard, generously displaying pecks of affection:

The Spiderman Kiss…

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“Lionel, never mind that Spiderman stuff — there’s still work to do!”

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The “Okay-Let’s-Get-Back-to-Work” Post Kiss work positions…

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“Okay, Honey; will this gem of a blade of grass help?”

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“Really, Lionel? I’m working off my tail feathers in here and you bring me that! Oh, well, bring it in. Hubby, what I really want is plastic in here for water-proofing…”

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“All right, dear. We’ll find some after a snack. The lunch break “Here-Honey-Have-A-Seed” Kiss…

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“Ohhh…! This plastic is so hard to hang onto!”

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“Ohhh, LI-o-Nel!!!”  Plasticized!

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“Are you playing hide and seek, Honey?” asks the Last Kiss of the Day Seeker. “Come out! It’s enough work for one day…”

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A Rescue-and-Thank-You Kiss…

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“It looks solid, Honey.”

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“It feels comfortable, Lionel. I think our egglets will lie safely.”

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Before parting, pillow talk following an After-Glow Kiss…

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Settling in… “Goodnight, Lionel.”

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“Goodnight, Honey…” Time to leave her alone, now (Lionel knows), and to wait in the Tree Corridor, and to keep watch…

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Fledglings to follow soon!

(Also see http://www.myspecialphotos.wordpress.com — (“Our Cardinal Pair”)

Overhead Photos

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“Hey, Mom, lots of birds are flying overhead!”

“So I see. Should we take some pictures?”

“You bet! At the bridge?”

“We’ll get a few here in the yard first. They’re really coming over!”

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“Look, Marge, there’s the Pup and that red-hooded thing again!”

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“Yes, Red is pointing that black thing at us again, too. Fly higher, over the trees!”

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“Mom, they’re going higher!”

“Yes. Let’s go to the bridge for better photos.”

“They come pretty low at the bridge sometimes, don’t they, Mom?”

“Exactly!”

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“See? I told you. They follow us to the bridge!”

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“Aha, I told you back! The red thing is just the Pup’s human.”

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“Whoa! Haha! That was a close one!”

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“Herman! You clown! Don’t get so close!”

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“C’mon, Marge. Swoop’em! It’s fun!”

“See? Isn’t this great?!”

“It’s dangerous, Herman!”

“Ah, look, the Pup’s getting tired. They’ll leave soon. We’ll go higher and disappear into the cloudy sky. C’mon.”

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“Mom?”

“Yes, Sweetie Pie?”

“Are you almost done?”

“Getting bored? Okay, just a couple more.”

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“All right, Mom…

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but you always say that…”

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