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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....1-24-06....A Birders' Eye View
GodBlessUSA

Posted on 01/23/2006 8:17:43 PM PST by GodBlessUSA



A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day
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One beautiful spring morning shortly after we moved in to our home, my 3-year-old daughter pointed at a bird and said, "Look Mommy." There on the tree was one of the most beautiful birds I'd ever seen--one I had never noticed before. I now know that it was a Redbelly Woodpecker. We were so thrilled to see such a beautiful bird in our yard, we jumped in the car to the store and we bought feeders and food for the birds.

Since that day, backyard birdwatching has been a passion of mine which I have a combined with my passion for gardening. Now my daugher and I garden for the birds, and my yard has become a place for everything from the common, but still beautiful, Robin to rare Warblers, Rose Breasted Grosbeak, and flocks of Chickadees.

I’m not an expert on birds or gardening. I’m always learning. I’d like to share the wonderful facts and stories I have learned in future threads. So many of us love spending time with nature, please share your stories of anything you do that gives you peace and enjoyment. Here are a few pictures from my backyard.
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       Redbelly Woodpecker                 Blue Jay
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Flicker Woodpecker     CatBird       GoldFinches
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Recently, my kids and I took a trip to a bird preserve. This is a tranquil place with easy-to-follow trails. Once out of the wooded paths, there's a trail to follow and you reach the beach and have magnificent views.

The truly unique part of this preserve is, the birds will land on the palm of your hand and take seed. You will know when the birds are there because the birds will call to you. Holding a few sunflower seeds and nuts, they love the peanuts in winter, out in your palm and wait for the chickadees to land on your hand and grab the seeds. It's incredible to experience a small delicate Chickadee, Nuthatch or Titmouse picking through seed in your hand. This is a very special place for my kids and me.

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Woods Path to Beach                   A View From Beach
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Chickadee                                     Downy Woodpecker
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Chickadees on my daughter's and son's hand.
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Mallard Ducks
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A Rabbit and Robin, they think we can't see them. :)
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Nuthatch                                     Tufted Titmouse
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1 posted on 01/23/2006 8:17:45 PM PST by GodBlessUSA
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; dutchess; DollyCali; GodBlessUSA; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; The Mayor; JustAmy; ...
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2 posted on 01/23/2006 8:19:12 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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Incredible, GBU! Absolutely beautiful!


3 posted on 01/23/2006 8:19:24 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Dita!
So great to see you :)
Thanks
HUGS!


4 posted on 01/23/2006 8:20:11 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Have you explained to the kids yet how you can "see" me..? LOL!


5 posted on 01/23/2006 8:21:07 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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To: GodBlessUSA; La Enchiladita

Hi, ladies. GB, this is just gorgeous. I mean GORGEOUS!! I'll have to read it tomorrow...caught it as I was heading to bed. Hi, Dita!


6 posted on 01/23/2006 8:21:12 PM PST by GummyIII
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To: GodBlessUSA

I love your thread..Wonderful!


7 posted on 01/23/2006 8:21:40 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: La Enchiladita

LOL! You can bet my daughter would correct me. :)


8 posted on 01/23/2006 8:23:44 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GummyIII

Hi Gummy :)
Sleep well
Thanks!


9 posted on 01/23/2006 8:24:33 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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Hi Meg :)
Thank you so much. How are you tonight?


10 posted on 01/23/2006 8:25:21 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GummyIII

Hi, Gummy. I may make it to your thread yet, but need to rest soon for an early morning tomorrow. Hugs!!


11 posted on 01/23/2006 8:25:25 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I think it's funny that I pinged myself. LOL


12 posted on 01/23/2006 8:26:23 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

You gave me such a giggle! I have sent FReepmail to myself, as well! LOL.


13 posted on 01/23/2006 8:27:49 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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To: La Enchiladita

I admit I have done so too. It's bad enough I pinged my self but did my name have to show up on the list. LOL


14 posted on 01/23/2006 8:28:59 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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GB! I knew it would be beautiful, but you have outdone yourself. I can tell how much you love birds and flowers from the first moment of seeing your georgous table! You should be very proud of yourself for what you have put together for us to enjoy! (((hugs)))


15 posted on 01/23/2006 8:29:18 PM PST by LUV W (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.-BD)
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Good Evening Luv!
Thank you so much :) How are you this evening? I'm glad you are up, when I posted the thread. I do love the birds and it was fun putting my photos together. Hugs!
16 posted on 01/23/2006 8:33:09 PM PST by GodBlessUSA (US Troops, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You! Prayers said for our Heroes!)
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*Tufted Titmouse*

A frequent visitor to my feeders.

17 posted on 01/23/2006 8:38:53 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: GodBlessUSA; LUV W

I think it's extra special that the photos are ones that you took, Gracie.
They're all great, but Downy Woodpecker catches my eye. I love that stark black and white coloring.
Also, it's not that easy to get such great photos of these flitting, wild creatures.


18 posted on 01/23/2006 8:39:08 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God bless our troops.)
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Simply O-U-T-S-T-A-N-D-I-N-G

Well, lil Sistah.. birds of a feather? create gorgeous, clever, fun, informative threads! So glad you agreed to join us in posting the threads, you are a fabulous addition

Thank you.

Because I am brain dead, will not post anything creative tonight.. but will tomorrow.

Appreciate all the work that I know accompanied this..and mostly your original pix. super!

hugs hon


19 posted on 01/23/2006 8:45:26 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: GodBlessUSA

Beautiful thread, GBU!


20 posted on 01/23/2006 8:45:49 PM PST by tuliptree76
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