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This swan builds her nest (about 4' diameter) on the edge of our marsh as well... and... NOBODY messes with her.  Her hubby (they marry for life) swims sentinel around her at all times.  Signets are born in early May and both parents will care for the brood for the first season...
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26 posted 04-24-2005 04:15 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Nan, the swan on page 1 is our resident swan here in B.C.             These belong to you down there in MA!
MOM     DAD   Ummm, I have a question - if that is a white turkey then is it all white meat? I would think twice about chasing it away, fatten it up for the next Thanksgiving and invite us for dinner?

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27 posted 05-02-2005 08:07 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Did the birds come back to live in your garage yet Ron?
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On April 28, we had another return guest.  

This time a beautiful Great Blue Heron. We were told by our neighbors, that he summers in the small pond across the road and pops over to our place to sift through for goodies in the flood plane when the spring waters are high.  I managed to take a few pictures, but Iím afraid theyíre terribly out of focus. The first is really fuzzy, but you can make out the white head with the incredible black crest feathers that run across from his eyes and out beyond his head. Heís about 4 feet tall, but the wingspan must be much broader. To see them in flight is phenomenal. I caught him flying in the second picture, though itís from the back and so hard to gain perspective of how big this beauty is.





Our returning birds have been joined yesterday by our first sightings of the Rose Breasted Grossbeaks. We saw at least one male and two females so far, coming and going at the feeders yesterday.

Then to my absolute delight, we discovered that the Orioles have returned as well, just yesterday.  I looked out the front and saw the beautiful orange songster drinking deeply from the feeder, and only later saw his mate. They've been singing all morning.

No pictures yet of the newcomers ... just enjoying the delight to have them return.  
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Oh boy ... just in heaven here. Ron, we just had an Indigo Bunting stop by a few minutes ago. I haven't seen one since my gal, Misty passed away, exactly 6 years ago.

I don't know if I ever told you about our amazing experience outside with the birds that very day in Misty's last hour. It was a sad time, but amazingly uplifting because of the wild birds that flocked down and surrounded us. Every type, every kind, landing gently all around us. I've never seen anything like it before ... or since. I'll try to tell you more about it some time.
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30 posted 05-08-2005 06:13 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

I got hummingbird feeders for Mother's Day - The challenge is on...
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Nan, keep that hummingbird feeder out ... we just saw our first one a few minutes ago. They're baaaaaaaaack. Woooohoooo! I love this time of year.
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Kit, please, please, tell all of us more...

and today?

Well, not only do we have our new back yard to build upon, but we have our neighbor's back yard to spy upon...

and this is what the neighborly spying wrought...



The Charming Garden

In a quiet little neighborhood
Somewhere safe and pretty, kind and good
Came the prettiest birds I ever did see
Flew in to eat thistle, singing merrily.

Safe and away from dogs and cats,
Instinct says, ďthis is where itís at,Ē
And though they are brilliant against blue skies,
We hope they will rest before they fly!

And sing they do, their breakfast song
~ Though they wonít stay near very long ~
Presenting us beauty for the price of seed
Offering comfort that is like a need.

To know that our cherished friends in flight
Find a charming garden, come break of light.



I took the above over to our new neighbor, wished her Happy Mother's Day...and I believe became a friend for life.  I can photograph in her backyard "anytime" and if I add words?  Her smile was wide...

You see, there is no fence between our driveway and her yard [thank goodness] and their own dining area looks out upon their charming yard...

It was a magical day, in many ways...
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"Our returning birds have been joined yesterday by our first sightings of the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks. We saw at least one male and two females so far, coming and going at the feeders yesterday."
Kit, Ron, anyone, Last week I saw three Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at my ground feeder. The book said they migrate back from Mexico and South America in early May, and are seen in the Midwest and northeast. I wonder why they were here in central.east coast of Florida? martyjo
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For the scenery, dear...and the view!

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Ha ha.Sunshine, nice thought. I wondered if they were off course?
 
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