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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!

"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!

"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:

Double Crested Cormorant

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

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:

"Hey!  No Starlings allowed!"

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

Here's another Red-Head:

"Oooh!  A bug!!!"

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

American Coot

And this guy certainly spotted Mom and Beth!

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

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

Mom liked this guy almost silhouetted against the lighter background:

Common Grackle

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

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.


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

  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

  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

  4. those were some very pretty birdies today

  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

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

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

  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
    Ruby ♥

  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!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  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

  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!

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