Friday, February 23, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, February 23, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday, and Floral Friday Fotos,
and on Saturday, Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Sunshine! (Sky Watch Friday)
Corinth, Mississippi, USA, February 18, 2018
After an entire week of rain, Sunday morning was bright and sunny!

2. Wildlife (Saturday's Critters)
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, February 22, 2018
When the turtles crawl out of the water to sun on the rocks, you know Spring is coming.

3. Farming
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, February 22, 2018
Winter Wheat is planted in the Autumn and harvested in late Spring or early Summer.
It sure brightens up cloudy Winter days!

4. Spring Beauty (Floral Friday Fotos)
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, February 19, 2018
Claytonia virginica, Spring Beauties, are tiny wildflowers that grow close to the ground.

No bigger than the tip of your finger, you have to bend over or kneel down to appreciate them.

5. Favorite Photos of the Week (I'd Rather B Birdin')
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, February 17, 2018
Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis

This is the same Hawk. It flew up, made a circle, and settled down on another fence post.

Have a wonderful day!

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Daffodils, February 22, 2018

Thankful Thursday and Little Things Thursday

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, February 20, 2018
Today I am thankful for Daffodils (Narcissus). Their bright smiling faces are so cheerful!

They are available in a lot of different colors.

This double one is named 'Butter and Eggs'

Have a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Grackle, February 21, 2018

ABC Wednesday, Wild Bird Wednesday, and Wednesday Around The World
G is for the Grackle - a member of the Blackbird family

Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, February 17, 2018
The Common Grackle, Quiscalus quiscula, may be seen in flocks of other Blackbirds in the eastern and central two-thirds of North America. Though they are a bit larger than other Blackbirds, you might not notice them unless you are close enough to see their iridescent feathers.

Grackles feed primarily on seeds and insects, but occasionally catch small fish, frogs, salamanders, and mice.

Have a wonderful day!

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Barn Collective, February 18, 2018

Lee County, Mississippi, USA, February 1, 2018
When the trees are all leafed out, this barn is barely visible from the road. There are horses living here, but no volunteers for a photo!
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Your bird for today is...
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, February 1, 2018
a Duck!

From the green feathers on its head and the curled tail feathers, I suspect it is Mallard hybrid.

Have a blessed day!

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Eastern Towhee, February 17, 2018

Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 20, 2018
Eastern Towhees, Pipilo erythrophthalmus, are very secretive birds, preferring to nest in dense thickets. Look for them foraging on the ground for insects and seeds. If you live in the western part of the United States you may see their cousins the Spotted Towhees, Pipilo maculatus. They are very similar, but have small white dots on their wings near their shoulders.

Have a wonderful week-end!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday, February 16, 2018

Willy Nilly Friday 5, Sky Watch Friday, and Weekend Reflections
and on Saturday: Saturday's Critters, and I'd Rather B Birdin'

1. Our Country Mourns
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, February 15, 2018
Flags are at half-staff for the 17 who died in the Florida school shootings on February 14th.

2. Wildlife (Sky Watch Friday)
Pickwick, Tennessee, USA, February 9, 2018
When we were at Pickwick Dam on the Tennessee River last Friday, the skies were quickly becoming overcast. The spillways were open, and hundreds of Gulls were there catching fish.

Fish coming through the spillways are near the top of the water. The Gulls try to grab them before they can swim deeper.

3. The Most Interesting Thing I have Seen This Week
Shiloh, Tennessee, USA, February 9, 2018
We wondered why the John F. Secrest with its barges was stopped at the far shore of the Tennessee River. It wasn't long before the mystery was solved.

The Addi Belle came around the bend from the other direction.

Though they are called Tugboats or Towboats, actually they push the barges.

As soon as the Addi Belle passed on its way downstream, the John F. Secrest reversed away from the shore and maneuvered its barges back into the middle of the river.

And there it goes!

The John F Secrest is owned by Ingram Barge Company, and the Addi Belle is owned by Tennessee Valley Towing.

4. Beautiful Cat (Saturday's Critters)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, February 6, 2018
Our neighbor's cat is so fuzzy and fluffy it is not easy to get a clear photo. The brown horizontal fluff is its tail wrapped around its front feet. Its legs are light brown, and all that white is chest, neck, sides, and hips! I think it must be a Persian mixed with Siamese.

5. Favorite Photo of the Week (I'd Rather B Birdin' and Weekend Reflections)
Tupelo, Mississippi, USA, February 11, 2018
If you are a regular visitor, you already know that Great Blue Herons are my favorite birds!

Hope you have had a good week

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, February 2018

The northeast corner of Mississippi, USA zone 7

My Hellebores have had buds for a month, but the weather has been so cold they have hesitated about opening. We have had milder temperatures and lots of rain this past week,
and I think that encouraged the buds to begin to open just in time for Bloom Day!

To add music to your garden,
Goldfinches, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, January 27, 2018
...feed the birds!

Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

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