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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Signs of Spring

It was a beautiful, sunny, 70F+ day today & the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve had finally dried out, so we went for a hike.
2 black vultures. We clearly heard crows nearby.
One of dozens of bluebirds.
This mockingbird was funny to watch. He'd take a few hops, then pause to display his wing patches, then take a few more hops & display again. We also saw a pine warbler, a dozen marsh wrens, some kind of woodpecker & a flock of about 40 robins.
I started seeing butterflies today for the first time in a few months, including a lovely yellow sulphur in our backyard. This is a meadow fritillary.
It was a warm enough day for the anoles to be out. I'd hoped we might see one of the local cottonmouths, too, but no such luck...yet.

20 comments:

Christina said...

Those are beautiful pictures. It makes me crave a less populated place to live. It's finally getting warm out here too. I'm hoping the weather stays this way so I can make it to the beach on Monday. A little reading under the sun is just what the doctor ordered!

Lana Gramlich said...

Christina; Thanks! I've lived in & around some major cities & have to say--nothing beats the country! Reading on the beach sounds wonderful. Hope the weather holds out for you. :)

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Like the lizard! I photographed a red admiral butterfly on Friday - very early for Britain in Feb, but it was so mild we were out walking without coats. Nice bird shots as always.

Billy said...

Great pics ... but I have been petrified of lizards my entire life! I think my brother threw them on me when I was a kid. An irrational fear.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yes, lots of wildlife out yesterday. we heard woodpeckers as well, and bunches of birds we didn't see, and what was probably a rabbit in the bush.

Lana Gramlich said...

Julie; Thanks again. It's been so mild here lately that this Summer's going to be unbearable if it keeps up.

Billy; I actually had 3 of these as pets when I was very young. Loved them lots, until one clamped onto my finger & wouldn't let go. Dad had to come home from the office (he was a lawyer,) to take care of the problem. Needless to say, that was the end of the lizards.

Charles; Don't forget the great, white-breasted phatbird. ;)

david mcmahon said...

That second shot is particularly beautiful, Lana

Natural Woman said...

those are nice pics, do you crop many of your photos? i would love to see close ups of the birds and that little lizard thing, the anole. thanks for the links too. i didnt know what that thing was.

did you change the color to your blog, i like the black best.

Chris said...

Nice bird pictures! I sooooo need to see a butterfly and soon too! No chance for that because it's 1ºF right now.
:(

Lana Gramlich said...

David; Thanks. I was glad the bluebird was so tolerant for me. This was the closest any of them would let me get.

Natural Woman; I crop photos when the background overpowers the subject (as with the vultures, which you'd hardly notice in the original picture.) Unfortunately I don't have a digiscope, so I'm at the mercy of the birds' comfort zones, at best. There are other, closer pix on the net of course. I'm just not equipped to take them myself (yet.)
You're welcome for the links. That's why I like to include them. :)
No, no changes. The blog's still black...at least on my end.

Chris; Ewwwwwww, yuck! My sympathies, totally. *hugs*

Miladysa said...

Awesome photographs - the colours are amazing!

Vultures?! *gulp*

T.R. said...

Lana, butterflies already and you are just south of me. Hopefully that means they are on their way. We had a day last week at 80 and a few in the 70's -- now the 30's are unbearable! I wish I could go on that hike with you -- so much to see.

Lana Gramlich said...

Miladysa; Vultures are nothing to fear & are among the most beautiful soarers around.

T.R.; I'm getting spoiled by the South. I don't think I could do 30s anymore!

Erik Donald France said...

Torture! It's below zero here -- and that's in Fahrenheit. Aye! Get me outta here! Closest thing we have to that little dude is Iggy Pop . . .

mon@rch said...

lizards, warblers, butterflies . . . how I would love to be seeing these guys right now! WOW

Michelle's Spell said...

The vulture is cool! And the lizard picture is fantastic -- I do love them.

Lana Gramlich said...

Erik; *Major sympie hug & LOL @ Iggy!*

Mon@rch; Glad I'm able to share. :)

Michelle; It's not often I see vultures in trees, so it was great to come upon this perching pair. The anoles are really cool to have around (not just because I used to have some as pets!)

Marvin said...

A butterfly even!!! I'll admit to having some of the jealousy others have expressed. Your photos are great and you selection of available subjects is enviable. However, my jealousy of your location is tempered somewhat by having spent the first 35 years of my life on or near the Gulf Coast. A heat and humidity price will be paid for your February preview. :-)

Lana Gramlich said...

Marvin; Indeed you are correct. Come August I'll certainly be singing a far different tune! Still, I'd rather deal with a couple months of unbearable heat than half a year of unbearable cold & (sometimes record) snow.

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