Backyard birds during the holidays


In the morning, I saw this great blue heron on my neighbor’s dock.


Later in the afternoon, he was sleeping on our dock.


Every once in a while he would look around. I call him Mr. Grumpy Face.


Back to sleep.


The neighborhood osprey was back again with lots of annoying visitors.


A ring billed gull sat across the boat lift from the osprey. Watching his every bite.


That’s a big fish. I don’t know why he wouldn’t share.


Then a kingfisher landed on the same side.


The kingfisher took off after a few minutes when he realized the osprey wasn’t giving up his lunch.


Then a few minutes later, a little blue heron starts to bother him.


Not in my backyard but in my in-laws front yard. A screech owl has been sleeping in the roof overhang on the corner of their house. He’s there sporadically. I finally put my camera and long lens in the car on Christmas day and was able to get the above when we pulled into the driveway. I think we’re going to have to name him.

All of the above except for the last picture were taken through the bedroom window during Christmas week.

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Birds at Lettuce Lake Park


This phoebe was too friendly not to stop and take his picture.


A juvenile little blue heron sees something in the water.


A limpkin was close to the boardwalk.


Grackle shining in the sun.


The little blue heron was moving around the boardwalk. By next summer he will molt and his new feathers will be all blue.


Another phoebe.


A black and white warbler hanging upside down.

Nothing new at Lettuce Lake on a recent Saturday morning.

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My very own osprey – Skywatch Friday

I wake up in the morning on just about every weekend and see this bird sitting on my neighbor’s dock or my other neighbor’s sailboat mast depending on how windy it is. Taken from the bedroom window.

On a non windy morning, this is the view. This one I took outside in the backyard.

Sometimes he comes back with a fish. This was a pretty big one. It was banging it’s tail on the side of the dock for a few minutes. Taken from the bedroom window.

I guess he was waiting for the fish to stop wiggling.

Occasionally, he has a blue heron sitting next to him. I don’t think he shares his fish but he doesn’t seem to scare away the heron.

Doesn’t that look yummy?

We’ve lived in our current house for 8 years now and as long as I can remember, we’ve had an osprey that hangs around our end of the channel. This time of year he sleeps on the sailboat mast almost every night. Before I go to bed, I peek out the window and can see him in the glow of the neighbor’s dock lights. When I wake up early during the week, he’s still there. When I wake up a little later on the weekends, between 7am and 8am, he’s gone fishing and shows up later.  We can hear him yelling if other osprey get too close. He tolerates us outside if we stay close to the house but if we walk out on our dock, he screams and flies off. He disappears for 3 or 4 months in the spring. My theory is he’s raising babies during that time and stays close to the nest, where ever that is. He shows back up in the summer and stays until the next spring. I’ll miss him if he ever leaves us for good.

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