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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Birds and More Fun Free Stuff

MacroMonday 2  - Flowers - This is from the Spring Prelude which is happening right now at Butchart Gardens.  It is amazing!  You can see snow in the background.

Below we have my Flicker.  All the birds are with the letter "F" today.

Nature Notes Tuesday

Our World Tuesday  For Our World we have a hawk in a field of cabbages, eagles in a field eating something furry and an eagle flying over a farm.

These are some House Finches and a Fox Sparrow is in there also. The yellow one is a yellow-morph House Finch.

Wild Bird Wednesday  For Wild Bird we have some Fox Sparrows. The white one is a leucistic Fox Sparrow. This is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticle, but not the eyes.

ABC Wednesday  For ABC we have a Flycatcher and some Finches, Goldfinches.  We are at the letter "f"

GoodFences Thursday  The fence above is at the Nature House at Beaver Lake.   Snow is gone now.

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 Two Falcons

Thank you to these meme hosts for allowing bloggers to share their story.  Click on these links to find great blogs and photos. This post is for these wonderful bloggers:

MacroMonday 2 Thank you to Gemma Magical Mystical Teacher
Nature Notes Tuesday Thank you to Ramblingwoods
Our World Tuesday  Thank you to the Our World Team
Wild Bird Wednesday Thank you to Stewart
ABC Wednesday   Thank you to Mrs. Nesbitt and the Team
GoodFences Thursday Thank you to Gosia

So Sorry:
My apologies as this is very heavy in photos today.  I tried to use the Google photos collage maker and realized that it organized everything in date order and I have too many photos and have been blogging for too long to go and use that thing.  Now will have to find a collage maker again.  Also my creations disappeared! I am finding the new Google photos very stressful.



Margaret Adamson said...

A lot of 'F' words you found for this post and the bird shots are gorgeous Nora

Nora said...

thanks so much Margaret!

Sue (this n that) said...

I'm always amazed at the large varieties of birds there. It must be a real delight for you (as it is for us). The pink on the House Sparrow is so pretty and the shots of the two Falcons are great. The Flycatcher is a dear little one. Bye for now and enjoy the rest of your week :D)

Nora said...

Thanks Sue. Yes the House Sparrows are so pretty and colorful.

Joyful said...

Lovely photos. I too am amazed at the large variety of birds you shoot. You are fortunate to have so many subjects to photograph. Your lovely photos give me hope that Spring is nearby. I love Cherry blossoms in Spring and birds. Have a beautiful week ahead.

Ruth Hiebert said...

Some great shots.

Linda said...

Lovely birds! I use photocollage.com.

Lady Fi said...

Such gorgeous bird shots.

Stewart M said...

Nice shots - love the falcons at the end.

Cheers - Stewart M - New Delhi, India (!)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, awesome birds and photos. I love the eagles and the yellow House Finch is lovely. Happy Valentine's Day, enjoy your new week ahead!

Betsy Adams said...

Happy Valentine's Day to you and your loved ones. We are enjoying this special day in Arkansas at our special little cabin on the mountain!

Love your Flicker... We have them also.... Our woodpeckers are so special to me. We have Pileated, Downys, Hairys, Red-bellied, Red-Headed, and Nothern Flickers.... The Red-Headed are definitely the prettiest in my opinion.

Nora said...

thanks Ruth, nice to see you.

Nora said...

Thanks Joyful. I hope Spring comes soon! I think it has been our coldest winter.

Nora said...

Oh thanks Linda, I will give photocollage a try!

Nora said...

Hi Fiona, thanks so much for your visit from Sweden!

Nora said...

Hi Stewart, thanks so much for taking the time from your holiday in India! Nice photos from India on your site.

Nora said...

Thanks Eileen, you have so many birds in your area. Send some of them here!

Nora said...

Hi Betsy, the photos of your cabin in the mountains are wonderful. I would love to see a Red-Headed woodpecker.

Findlay Wilde said...

I would happily see all those birds. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures.

Les Fous du Cap said...

Bravo pour les aigles ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Nora said...

Thanks Findlay, so nice to hear from you. It has been a long time. I really enjoyed that post about the Harrier.

Nora said...

Merci Celine and Philippe! We blog together for too long I think I type in French now.

Kay L. Davies said...

Good luck with the collage maker. It sounds like a very useful tool.
Meanwhile, you gave us plenty of photos to contemplate. Not a bad thing at all for a photoblog!
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous array of beautiful bird photos ~ favorite is the Flicker ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Weekend ahead ~ ^_^

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos Nora! Even better when enlarged...

Pins N Ashes said...

That is a range of photographs.. enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you.

Leslie: said...

Fabulous Finds!

abcw team

Melody Steenkamp said...

Wonderful photo's and although I don't use it myself, flickr is a good place to host them

Have a nice ABC-Wednesday / _ Week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc=w=team)

Roger Owen Green said...

your page is always fun


Lady Fi said...

So many more lovely shots!

Anu said...

What a great series of birds!

zongrik said...

of course i like the eagles best

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely ~ creative macro shot ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Day ~ ^_^

Rambling Woods said...

I am sorry you lost your collages. Love all the birds....