Sunday, May 08, 2016

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, here with Serene Scenery Sunday.  I have some photos for you that Mom took yesterday out at Tuttle Creek State Park that will hopefully make you feel all kinds of wonderful inside.  Ready to take a look?

The first bird Mom saw was a very amenable-to-posing Eastern Kingbird!

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"It's good to be the King!"

Mom must have taken 87 million shots of him. He was highly cooperative.

The next bird wasn't quite so eager to please - the Baltimore Oriole!

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"Are you still here?  Go.  Away!"

Yeah. Moving right along ...

There were a few Double Crested Cormorants around.  Here's one, doing his Loch Ness Monster impression:

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Double Crested Cormorant

Here's a tiny bird who held still just long enough for Mom to snap this shot through the trees:

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Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher

He was small and flighty, but he stuck around longer than the Pileated Woodpecker and the Bald Eagle -- right, Mom?  You couldn't even crank out a shot of either of ... oh.  Sorry.  Right.  SERENE Scenery Sunday.  Let's move on!

Mom was thrilled to see some Red-Headed Woodpeckers on dead tree!  Here's one:


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"Hey!  No Starlings allowed!"

OK, that might not have been serene for the Starling.

Here's another Red-Head:

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"Oooh!  A bug!!!"

Mom almost walked right past this Coot hiding in the shadows at the water's edge, but Beth spotted him!

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American Coot

And this guy certainly spotted Mom and Beth!

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"Hello.... photographers....."

Am I the only one who finds him a bit creepy?

Mom liked this guy almost silhouetted against the lighter background:

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Common Grackle

And last, but not least, here's a shot of a Canada Goose and her babies:

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Canada Goose and Goslings

Happy Mothers Day to her - and to all the mothers out there!  I hope it's a serene one for all of you!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  If you'd like to see more of our mom's photos from yesterday, please click here.

12 comments:

  1. Such beautiful birdie photos. We love every single one of them! Happy Mother's Day to your mom, Cammie and Maggie!

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  2. that last picture is just too cute! such a pawsome capture!
    Happy Mother's Day to your mom!

    pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto

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  3. Maggie and Cammie,
    did you hear mom SOL (squeal out loud) when she saw the red headed woodpecker. She has only seen one in her entire life and it was a sighting about as long as a New York Minute. Bravo Bravo....
    Evidently Canada Geese Moms are very good moms. Last week Mom saw two of the Moms having a play date with their gooslings...Momd told me there were at least 10 of the babies playing in a puddle of water while their moms were catching up on the gossip.
    Hugs madi your bfff and Happy Mother's day to your mom

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  4. those were some very pretty birdies today

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  5. Those are some beautiful and serene shots your Mom got, especially the woodpecker!!! It hasn't been so serene around here for days now and today is a very loud and stormy day. Hoping for quieter days to come soon.

    Happy Mother's Day!

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  6. The one with the light green background, the crazy Starling and the ducky babies are my faves! Beautiful! DakotasDen

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  7. Wow, your mom takes great pictures! I am not very good at capturing bird photos.

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  8. Oh, those are some FABulous photos!!! Does your Moms have a special camera? Ma really needs to gets a new one. Hers is a piece of bullpucky, and she is tired of it! BOL!! Oh, and Mr. Vulture is scary....Though Mrs. Duck and her brood are just adorables!
    I hopes your Moms has the BESTEST Mother's Day evers!!! You knows what makes it super duper special??? River Otter Games!!!!! hehehe
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  9. Oh MY! What a wonderful and serene collection of birdie photos!!! Those turkey vultures have always kinda freaked Mama out...
    Happy Mother's Day!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  10. Happy Mother's Day
    You do have such pretty birdies....and a Mom that's great at getting photos of them (unlike mine who has several near misses!)
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  11. What grreat birdies! I think your momma should've taken you along -- she could've gotten grreat actions shots of the birdies flying when you chased!

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  12. Those Orioles are one of our favorites. We gave a yellow-ish oriole around here
    Lily & Edward

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