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Woo Hoo, saw a new bird

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Sarge and I drove out to Leona Valley, and stopped at the famous Hawk Tree. No Hawk, but I saw Orioles flying about.


This one was shy.


I saw a bird fly into one of the trees. It was a ways from where I was standing. After I took the picture I realized it was a Phainopepla. Apparently they are in our area year round, but this is only the 2nd time I have seen this bird. The first time was at Elizabeth Lake. I will have a link at the end of my blog so you can read about the bird. They really are pretty.


Across the street is the Cherry Farm.


And the Farmer working his land.


I drove down to check on the Raven nest, but Mama must have been off looking for food, so I drove further down the road to another tree. At first I thought I was looking at a Raven. After I took the picture I realized it was a very young Red Tail Hawk. Woo Hoo. More Hawks in our area.




I was pulling into the driveway, and noticed a Dove having a snack on the little table DH made. I took the pictures from inside the car.




I decided to check on our Veggie Garden. It's looking pretty good.
Sunflowers and Corn.


Tomatoes




Bell Peppers


Backyard Finches


birds.audubon.org/birds/
phainopepla
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  • GRACEOMALLEY
    Really lovely bird - love the crest on the head. Thanks so much for sharing all these lovely critters with us - and big pats for all the dogs.
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    2975 days ago
  • MADAMES
    Beautiful veggies and beautiful birds! I love both!
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    2976 days ago
  • PONYFARMER
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    Another great picture blog, thanks for always sharing with us.

    I have both a hawk nest and owl nest in the two giant palm trees just 20 feet from my front door and would love to show pictures but I have a crummy camera. However, I came home the other day to find a juvenile hawk, sitting on my air conditioner that sticks out the front window. He appeared stunned and confused and I was able to walk right past him, only 2.5 feet away. He did keep an eye on me however. I managed to get a few pictures with my cell phone, but have no idea how to transfer them to my computer.

    The palm tree is littered at the bottom, with owl pellets and I found a clean entire skull of a unknown rodent that I plan to bleach. So cool!

    Was the table built just for the birds or did your DH build it for people and the birds like to share? LOL!
    2976 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12499805
    The Phainopepla has cute feathers on its head (looked it up). AND in Fort Lauderdale, where I used to live (I am NW of there about 25 minutes now), there were a lot of doves and I don't see them near when I live now. Now I have the ducks and egrets. Fun!! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day. Give my love to Sarge. emoticon emoticon
    Love, Chelsea
    2976 days ago
  • SPLASHDOG1
    That new bird was really pretty, he looked very regal. Your garden is growing like crazy! Looks like you're going to have lots of good veggies!
    2976 days ago
  • CARLANNIE
    We have lots of Orioles at our yard - they love the hummingbird feeders! And I must say, the hawks love the finches in our yard, too! Even though it's Nature's way, it's a little disconcerting to be sitting in the yard and watch a hawk swoop down and pluck a finch off the feeder. So we moved the feeders more into the trees so the little birds aren't sitting ducks for the hawk - he will just have to work a bit harder for his next meal!
    2977 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13677188
    Gorgeous photos!
    2978 days ago
  • SHERIO5
    Wow!

    I love the variety of birds!

    Nice photos!


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  • EFFIEANNIE
    Love the birds!
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  • NISSANGIRL
    emoticon pictures!!! and never heard of that name b-4!!! looks like u had a wonderful day ! thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • CMKARLS
    Thanks.
    2978 days ago
  • TCANNO
    That Red Tailed Hawk look like he / she has been in a great battle.

    I have never heard of the Phainopepla (spell checker doesn't like that)

    Nice and active Finches.

    I had a Jackdaw in the garden yesterday but sadly no time to to get the camera.

    Have a good week Jeanne

    2978 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8158758
    Why don't they think of simplier easy to pronounce names for birds?! Wow! Such a cool looking bird-very pretty!!
    Great garden you have there! And as always you always capture some great bird pics!!! emoticon
    2978 days ago
  • GOOZLEBEAR
    Jeanne, your blogs and pictures are always a treat for me! Love today's outing!!! Thank you for sharing! Your garden looks wonderful! emoticon
    2978 days ago
  • JAMER123
    Good looking tomatoes from a lady that hasn't been able to plant hers in the ground yet!! Love the pics. as usual.
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  • KLAD_COCKERS
    I always love your photos Jeanne! Love that Oriole!
    2978 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5645667
    So wonderful to see the young Hawk .. Love your photos Jeanne, and thanks for the link . Hugs my friend . Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2978 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10172547
    Your veggies are looking great! Mine are not nearly as far along yet.
    2978 days ago
  • OLDERDANDRT
    Oh so glad to see that young hawk!!! Love all your pics, my friend!! Your garden is doing fantastic!!
    Have a great day!! ((HUGS))
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    Comment edited on: 6/8/2013 1:56:32 PM
  • TWEETYKC00
    Nice birds, no wonder you love going out to look for them!
    2978 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3468195
    I do love Orioles, haven't seen any lately. I have not seen the Phainopepla either, I will look though.
    Great Cherry Farm. Is there anything they put on there trees to keep the cherries? All of my cherries were eaten, even before they were ripe. I have 7 cherry trees and I give up on ever having cherries, I am so frustrated about that.
    Your tomatoes and peppers look very healthy. I also have my corn growing with my sunflowers.
    2979 days ago
  • TXGRANDMA
    Beautiful birds! I have never heard of the new bird before, will check him out for sure! Your garden is just gorgeous, doing GREAT!!! Very good pictures of the Dove on the table! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • HELEN_BRU
    Great shots!
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  • HIPPICHICK1
    Wow!! Amazing photos as usual. Thanks for the link too!
    2979 days ago
  • 0309COOKIE
    That Phainopepla is a really pretty bird and the calls and song are cool. I had never heard of it before. Learn something new everyday.

    Your garden is coming along nicely!
    2979 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12413979
    Beautiful pics. Very interesting about the birds. Hawk is really cool!
    2979 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    NO frost now, MIchiganders have just planted gardens. Only have from now until September,, then snow.. short season, long appetites!

    That bird looks identical to a cardinal--only black.. different calls though.
    2979 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/8/2013 9:06:05 AM
  • no profile photo CD8643915
    Your garden is really coming up. It's rare for us to see Orioles here. They are really pretty. Thanks for the Audubon site. Have a super weekend! emoticon
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  • RAPUNZEL53
    Great pictures!
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  • TWINKIEQUEEN
    as always, I appreciate all the pics......but an oriole! I have never seen one and this one looked different that what I expected, so I guess I have never paid much attention if/when I ever saw a pic of one.....I guess I expected them to look like larger versions of the gold finches we have here
    2979 days ago
  • JANET552
    Thanks for sharing these great pictures!! I love to watch birds too. Your garden looks fabulous.
    2979 days ago
  • CAPECODLIGHT
    Thanks for the link to the Audubon site. It is always fun to learn about new birds that live outside of my area. Our orioles look different from yours - such beautiful flashes of orange in the trees. Garden is looking great!
    2979 days ago
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