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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Some Recent Visitors

Macro; Long legged fly. An accidental shot--I was focused on something else & only noticed him once I'd downloaded the picture to the computer.

It appears that the indigo buntings we had have moved on (although we still see one on occasion,) so it was nice to spot this male blue grosbeak the other day. The next day, Charles saw the female.

One of at least a few cottontail rabbits in the area. Not only do they come for clover, but also for bird seed. Some of them are surprisingly tolerant. I got within 10' of this one.

American green tree frog. They hang out on the windows to eat bugs attracted to the lights. It offers us a great vantage point to watch the process.

A female red bellied woodpecker and a red headed woodpecker.

Macro; Ants on some of our freshly bloomed ligustrum flowers.

19 comments:

Travis said...

Great shots! The one with the accidental fly is amazing.

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm amazed the rabbit is so tame.

Erik Donald France said...

Awesome. Yep, the long-legged fly rocks. That's one of the coolest things about photography, making new discoveries even after the shot.

Demon Hunter said...

Beautiful pics, Lana. They look so professional. Great.

I really love nature, but my allergies don't. I'm working on that though. My grandparents didn't have all these allergy problems. I think it's mostly environmental. The air was a lot cleaner when they were alive. :*)

Dave Coulter said...

Nice menagerie you have there! Lucky you :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; Thanks! I was more impressed with the fly than the subject of the shot, myself. So beautiful, with the irridescence!

Charles; I know! One of them even hung around while I was scattering seeds this morning!

Erik; Agreed! :)

DH; Thanks. I agree with you on the allergies, too. Of course, if your parents were germ-o-phobes (the kind Lysol markets directly to these days,) that didn't help you in the end, either. Too much cleanliness ensures that you won't build up tolerances to things.

Dave; Thanks. I do count my blessings every day. :)

Larry said...

I like the Macro-fly! Oh No-that brilliant green burned my retinas!

Red-bellied and Red-headed Woodpeckers in the same shot-How Cool Is That! Red-headed are pretty rare in CT-I've seen 2.

Shauna Roberts said...

Another nice set of pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

Lana Gramlich said...

Larry; That was a teeny fly, too. Certainly no larger than 1/4" long. I was delighted to get the 2 woodpeckers together, particularly as the red headed aren't frequent visitors to our backyard!

Shauna; Thank you for appreciating them. :)

Chris said...

Oh I love your up close pictures! Very nice! I love all the pictures actually.

Lana Gramlich said...

Chris; Thank you. :)

laughingwolf said...

not a big ant fan, but the rest are marvy! :)

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; Thanks!

Tom said...

Lana- Love the shot of both the red-headed and red-bellied woodpecker. Does that happen often that you see both at the same time?

Tom

Lana Gramlich said...

Tom; Thanks! No, it's pretty rare. We don't see the red headed woodpeckers around our place much at all, so I was delighted to get that shot.

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Great birds, Lana. The Blue Grosbeak must've been really cool to see. And I haven't seen a Red-headed Woodpecker since I left Illinois!

Miladysa said...

Delightful!

I keep intending to mention your blog to Anon over at Bird Anonymous and Melissa at the Forge - they would both enjoy visiting here.

T.R. said...

Wow, you do have some interesting visitors - I'm envious - currently on starling overload. I guess since they all have birdlets to feed.

Lana Gramlich said...

T.R.; 'Tis the season! Somehow we don't get starlings in our yard (not that I'm complaining!)

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