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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, here with Serene Scenery Sunday.  Mom's been able to do some birding locally lately, so we thought we'd share a few highlights.  Pretty birdies always make us feel nice and serene!

She saw a celebrity bird out at Tuttle Creek State Park -- it's Woody Woodpecker!

Pileated Woodpecker

Yeah, OK.  Just kidding - it's a Pileated Woodpecker!  It's the best look Mom's gotten of one!  They are large - 15.5 to over 19 inches long!  Compare that to the other woodpecker Mom saw that day:

Downy Woodpecker

Downies are only 5.5 to 6.5 inches long!  Equally cute, though!

One of the more cooperative birdies Mom ran into was this guy:

American Robin

There are a lot of Bluebirds around:

Eastern Bluebird

They seem to like to hide behind tons of branches and vines.

This guy came out for a nice shot:

Northern Cardinal

There are usually plenty of geese around:

Canada Geese

And one of Mom's biggest birding thrills lately has been discovering this sweet mama on her nest:

Great Horned Owl on her nest!

Mom stayed on the road, by her vehicle to get the shots of her; she is very careful to practice good "nest etiquette", staying a respectful distance away, so she doesn't trouble the birds.  (Also shot with fully extended 150-600mm lens, then photo cropped.)

Anyway, those are the latest bird highlights!

"I hope you all feel nice and serene now!"
"I sure do, Mags!  Good job!"

Have a great Sunday - keep it serene!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher


  1. Surely you heard mom squeal at the Pileated Sighting. Mom had a friend at work who was a licensed wild bird rehabilitor. She kept spare cages in her offices. Once someone found a injured Pileated probably just over a year old. Mom was in awe of seeing it in the feathers.
    Thankfully it was a minor injury Mom's friend took it home and nursed it back to health and released it.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  2. We are seeing so many more birds around here too, but we don't have beautiful photos like you do. One of those silly birds flew at 87 gazillion mph right into one of our big windows. We were inside but we heard the bang. He must have had a helmet on or something because there was no sign of him anywhere.

    Happy Serene Sunday.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  3. Your birdies are so beautiful! We sure wish we saw more bluebirds in our travels. They are so pretty!

  4. Those are all great bird pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ooooooooo! Ma looooves the furst woodpecker! We haven't had any in a few years nows. So purty! And, yes, I am now sereeeeeeeeene...
    Ruby ♥

  6. We always feel ever so serene after looking at your Mama's birdy pictures!
    Arty, Jakey and Rosy

  7. You look so serene too. We liked seeing the woodpeckers. We've never seen one other than Woody.