More Testing

Now I am playing around with the Publicize: Facebook tool. Hang in there folks, we’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming soon!

In the meantime, here’s an American alligator to keep an eye on things…

P.S. Neil – I picked the most in-focus photo of mine that I could find, just for you, to make up for the out-of-focus Sadie photo in my last test entry.

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Tiny dragons that fly…

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Finally, a dragonfly that held still long enough for me to get the camera, acclimate it to the incredibly hot, humid weather outside, and then grab some shots of it. This is the first blue one I’ve seen here – there are other, larger black-ish ones around too. I am trying for them next.

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I love dragonflies, even if they are kind of creepy looking up close.

Long Island

This week I traveled to the Hamptons for work. Specifically, Southampton. I loved it and definitely want to go back sometime just for fun. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I had extra time to kill this morning so I drove out to Montauk to check it out. It is a fishing community and is at the farthest tip of the island. Also gorgeous…it reminded me very much of back home in Gig Harbor (except everyone in NY has funnier accents).

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It was too early to get to go see the lighthouse up close or to get into the museum there (7am), but there was still a great view from the parking area. I also hiked down to the beach, but didn’t get any good photos. The weather was really hazy. After the short stop here I headed back to Islip and managed to get an earlier flight home which was a blessing since some very, very nasty storms were blowing their way in just as we were leaving.

Now I’m home with Moo doing laundry to get the beach cabin smell out of my work clothes. (Just as an FYI – there are no hotels or motels in the Hamptons, only Inns.)

Homeless Baby Bird

This morning as Neil was leaving for work he saw this little guy in the front yard.

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I am guessing that it fell out of the nest in the tree in my neighbor’s front yard…mom and dad mockingbird were seriously scolding me and diving at me while I took photos. It always cracks me up how disproportionately large baby bird beaks are…

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It was mobile and hopping around the grass, so I am assuming it wasn’t hurt. I still worry that the neighbor kitty will get it or that it won’t find cover and shade to protect it from the crazy hot sun. After some hopping, he needed to rest for a bit.

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I went back outside a bit ago and didn’t see the little thing. I hope that means it is OK and found some good cover (or that mom and dad somehow got it back up into the nest).

Downy Woodpecker Parenting

Excitement ensued the other day when I noticed that a downy woodpecker had come back to grace my feeders. (Ask Neil, I made him come look!)
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So imagine how over the top I went when I saw the male and a baby out there!!
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Daddy was definitely showing Junior where to find the food and how to get it. Of course, it didn’t stop him from still also hand (beak?) feeding the kid. I swear – bird kids are more spoiled than most people kids these days.

Eventually Daddy flew off, but Junior hung around to try some eating on his own (after I refilled the suet). He was a bit wobbly at first, but eventually he got the hang of it –
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At least it seems there is hope that this little one will fledge and be a productive member of the adult woodpecker society…don’t get me started on the whiny, needy Mockingbird kids. They’ll be living with mom and dad until they have kids of their own at the rate things sound like they are going out there!