Let Me Tell You About the Birds and the Bees and the Flowers and the Trees

DThille

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Only a couple photos from yesterday...both of these would have been better had I had the long lens on the camera. When I first headed out into the garden area, I spooked two whitetail deer.

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If you look carefully, you should be able to spot what they were named for (edge of field more or less below the double pole).

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I believe this is most likely a song sparrow. This photo really puts my trellis fence in a bad light.

I found a frog when I was digging a hill of potatoes...I didn't see it at first, but felt it and saw movement as I was feeling around for potatoes...that's slightly disarming. I was too slow to get a photo of a bee in a squash blossom.
 

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That's beautiful!
I bet that the frog gave you quite a fright - I know it'd do that to me, haha. I did have a mini-heartattack when I was digging over some soil in a large pot and I ran into large grub. Gave me the heebie jeebies.
 

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A bit of an exciting day today in the country.

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When I pulled up this fellow was hanging out. I'm quite certain it's a merlin.

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I'd thought the goldfinches had already flown the coop for warmer climes.

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Sparrows drive me batty trying to identify.

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Same bird, different pose.

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This beetle was in the house...I haven't attempted to identify yet, but thought it looked neat and also thought it belonged outside rather than in the house.
 

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So the prior images were confirmed as a savanna sparrow.

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I was out to the country yesterday to finish digging potatoes and there were a number of white-throated sparrows flitting about.

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I'm hiding...that does make it rather difficult to get a good focus with the camera...I need to review the camera documentation to resolve taking clear photos of twigs and leaves when I want the bird as the focal point.
 

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Here's a few photos from yesterday.

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Blue jay.

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Savanna sparrow.

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Looking a different direction, with the sun creating a bit of a silhouette shot.

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Dark-eyed junco.

It's definitely autumn here. We get enough wind at the country place that many of the trees have lost all their leaves.
 

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This wasn't quite at the property...we stopped on the shoulder of the highway within eyesight of our buildings...definitely within 2 km. I'd seen a flock of snow geese on Friday, so when they were there this morning and we had the camera with us, I wanted to ensure to take a few shots.

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When I was looking more closely, I saw some Canada geese in the photo as well. There's probably around 300 birds in this front section of the photo (note two other groups in the distance).

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Put on the long lens so we could get something a bit better.

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There are two colour morphs of snow geese - white and blue. At one point I think they were considered different species or the blue a subspecies, but the Merlin bird ID app (Cornell School of Ornithology) notes they are morphs.

We only see these during migration season - they nest in the far north.
 

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Nearby. They glean as they migrate...it's pretty far so presumably they feed as they go.
 
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