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You’ve heard that old saying, It’s strictly for the birds, well today’s (again I seem to be a day late) blog post is for the birds, about the birds and in celebration of our feathered friends!  The phrase is used to denote something worthless, trivial or of interest only to gullible people. Not so here!

I wish I had gone along with Murray when he went out to take these photos because I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of these beauties in flight!  Magnificent and not necessary to say anymore!

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

Beautiful Blue Heron

Beautiful Blue Heron

If there’s one bird I never take for granted and each and every time one stops by my feeder, I stop to look at it.  Looking through binoculars at this handsome prince of a bird is always a thrill for me.  Really who doesn’t love Cardinals?

Who Is That Masked Man?

Who Is That Masked Man?

Of course we’ve seen flocks of birds everywhere but this particular group of Gulls reminded me of something that surely no one under the age of 40 will know what I’m talking about! 

Gregg

Gregg

Murray Head took all these photos and with his artist’s eye he captured this bird in flight at precisely the right moment as it flew past the house.  It looks as if the bird were placed there as a prop for balance in the photo!

AIWYFI-Art Is Where You Find It

AIWYFI-Art Is Where You Find It

Sea Gulls seem to be a bit territorial and not social when it comes to food and mating!  Sometimes when I throw bread to them,  one will come along and scare another one away from a piece of bread and now they’ve both moved away from the piece so a third one comes by to snatch it.  In this photo, it looks some other male was trying to move in on the Gull’s Girl!

You Better Take Off!

Get Outta Here!

When you’re wet and cold at the beach, you wrap yourself up in a towel and sort of fold into yourself.  Just look how this Crow is sitting on the wire.  Looks like he went for a quick dip! 

Brrr brr

Brrr brr

The Laughing Gull is a favorite of mine at the shore. His head is more rounded than other gulls and this species seems to be a bit more clever at grabbing food tossed in the air.  They spend more time circling me as I toss bread in the air  rather than gathering on the sand at my feet.  They are very compact and streamlined.  Look at those great feathers!    

Aerodynamically Perfect

Aerodynamically Perfect

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Mother Nature is two-faced, there’s no question about it. I’m still wearing winter coats and scarves on my way to work, I’m putting the heat on in the den at night. On Sunday, my friend Susan sent me a photo of the falling snow in her backyard and my friend Kim posted the all too familiar picture of the stabbed snowman because in upstate New York where she lives, they got almost a foot of snow.

Even though the temperature keeps fluctuating, there are other greater rituals in place. Regardless of snow or wind or ice, the daffodils send up their bright shoots, the crocuses blossom and many of the birds who wintered elsewhere come home. These photos were taken in Central Park this past weekend.

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

Behold the magnificent Blue Heron captured in flight!

Blue Heron

Blue Heron

There’s no more snow in the park BUT we do have Snow Drops!  Aren’t they pretty?

Spring Snow Drops

Spring Snow Drops

Even though Cardinals hang around all year, they are so beautiful and regal, how could I not include him in this array of seasonal color?

Regal Red Cardinal

Regal Red Cardinal

A splash of sunshine in your garden. 

A Bit of Sunshine

A Bit of Sunshine

I love it when I hear the first Red Wing Blackbird arrive at our feeder.  They have a very distinct and melodic trill.

Love His Epaulets

Love His Epaulets

The first purple crocus each year reminds me that Spring is truly on my doorstep.

Hello Spring!

Hello Spring!

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Central Park is so  full of life! Over the past couple of years, I’ve posted photos of the park’s four-footed and feathered denizens.  You’ve seen the spectacularly colorful Wood Ducks, the entertaining squirrels, the royal red Cardinals, the fierce-looking Red Tail Hawks, flocks of Mallard Ducks, frolicking dogs, and shy raccoons.  Today, it’s all about the Blue Heron.  Strung together, these pictures seem to tell the story of the Heron who went out for a walk  and realized too late that it had snowed.  His feet were cold so he tried standing on one leg and then the other. He looked very uncomfortable.  Finally he thought it better to just leave.

"Well, I certainly didn't expect this"

“Well, I certainly didn’t expect this”

"Maybe I should go back"

“Maybe I should go back”

"Ooh that's cold"!

“Ooh that’s cold”!

"Extremely unpleasant"

“Extremely unpleasant”

"I'm Outta Here"

“I’m Outta Here”

"Now where should i go"?

“Now where should i go”?

"C'iao for now"

“C’iao for now”

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

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