Sunday, December 13, 2015

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie!  Mom has done a tiny bit of birding this week, and we thought stepping back from the hustle and bustle and wearing of Santa hats associated with the Christmas holidays and looking at birdies might help everyone find their inner serenity!  Ready?

Remember the other day when we told you we saw some Redhead Ducks at the Kansas Ocean?  There were two, hanging out with a small flock of Canada Geese!  Here's one of them:

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Redhead Duck and Canada Goose!

Mom thought it was a Ring-Necked Duck at first - the females can be tough to ID!  There weren't any males around, so it was a hard call.  In fact, someone in one of Mom's bird groups was the one to tell her they are Redheads!  Here's a look at the other one:

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Redhead Duck

See the white mottling in her head?  That totally threw Mom off.

We've had some Cedar Waxwings visiting the neighborhood!  Here are two in one of our Redbud Trees!

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Cedar Waxwings!

The one on the left is a molting immature Cedar Waxwing -- just a baby!

Here's an adult:

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Mom is really happy with how that one came out!

This Robin was busy hopping around under the trees:

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American Robin - Maggie likes to stalk these, just for the record.

Mom also went out to Tuttle Creek State Park real fast with Dad one afternoon.  On their way into the park, Mom saw this hawk, perched high atop a cedar tree:

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Red Tailed Hawk

Mom often hears Kingfishers and sees them fly by.  Unfortunately, that's mostly what she gets -- glimpses.  They aren't among the most cooperative birds in the world, apparently.  Anyway, she saw one fly by - then was able to see where she landed!  Mom shot from all the way across Willow Lake, but here's a look:

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Female Belted Kingfisher

Isn't she pretty?  Mom was mighty happy!  And serene.  Speaking of which ...

...is anyone else feeling it?

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Maggie (upside down) and me, feeling very serene!

I hope you feel as serene as we do!  Happy Sunday!

Cammie!

7 comments:

  1. Those are some great birdie shots. I have lots a birds in my yard, but for the most part I just watch them. Except these larger birds how land on the side of the house in our bedroom and try to remove the window screen. I bark at them to stop. I have no idea why they want to rip our screen off the house. But I do know I don't like it.
    Blessings,
    Buddy

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  2. Ohhhhh what gorgeous birds and ducks. WE once had Cedar Waxwings pass through here in the spring. They travel in big groups it was amazing.
    It is way toooo warm here today for December. 74 degrees. Your last photo is adorable
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  3. those are some gorgeous birdies :)

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  4. We have to add that this weather really is FOR THE DUCKS!!!! Will it just stop raining!!!

    Your Mom sure does get some great shots when she is out birding. We spent our day doing exactly what you are, but it is Ciara who is upside down and Lightning is stretched out ON Mom's feet:)

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  5. The birdies are all so beautiful but our favorite is the cedar waxwing. We just love his mask! You look nice and serene, Maggie☺

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  6. Your Mama's birdies always make our Mama serene...and the pictures of you two napping is just adorable!!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  7. I'm not feeling QUITE as serene as you, Maggie, but I'm working on it!

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