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The Itchy Beak Chronicles

“Goldie’s quest for the ultimate scratch reaches epic proportions!” - Copilot

This American goldfinch (Spinus tristis) seems to be scratching behind its ear in this photo.

You know, the photographs that I post here are not quite a vivid as the same photographs that I post at my pixel's gallery, because here, I reduce the size of the photos and usually make a slight reduction in the quality of the photos to make them easier to load.

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    Good morning, ☕☕☕

    6 April 2024

    "Come Saturday morning
    I'm goin' away with my friend
    Well Saturday-spend 'til the end of the day-ay
    Just I and my friend
    We'll travel for miles in our Saturday smiles
    And then we'll move on
    But we will remember
    Long after Saturday's gone ..." - Fred Karlin, Dory Previn

    For some reason this song, performed by The Sandpipers, jumped in my head this morning as I stumbled around the house ... well it is Saturday after all. Hmmm ... they weren't actually performing the song this morning ... I mean they originally performed the song back in the 60s. It was a 1969 movie track song for The Sterile Cuckoo and also release in an album, same name in 1970.

    “Saturday morning came, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life.” - Mark Twain

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    Slow Your Roll, This Booth is Taken

    Watching bird interactions at the bird feeder is interesting. In this photo a female house finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) seems to intentionally block the arrival of a chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina).

    "In a sunlit standoff, a spunky sparrow and a ruffled finch battle for the prized perch at the seed bar. Beaks sharp, eyes narrowed, they circle each other. Victory goes to the finch, who clutches a sunflower seed, leaving the sparrow muttering about ornithological injustice. Next time, remember: Slow your roll, my feathered friend, because sometimes, even in the avian world, booths are taken." - Copilot

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    Me and My Shadow

    I took this photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) a couple of days ago. If it wasn't for the shadow, I would have deleted it immediately. The shadow though, made me believe it was a redeeming quality.

    I don't post all of the photos that I post here to my Pixels gallery, but I post the photos I like best. Some don't make the cut. I'm on the fence with this photo and I probably will not upload it to my gallery. I usually wait a couple of days to see how I feel about it then.

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    We were out walking this morning, when I spotted the shape of a bird in across a field. I didn't know what kind of bird it was at the time but was hoping for something different. I crossed a road and a ditch, and even trespassed on to my neighbor's property to get closer to the bird. I don't think the neighbor would mind. I often have to go fetch Ben from around their house - they have small dogs. Anyway, Ben and Charlie followed me as I moved closer and closer snapping pictures, but before I got close enough for a detailed photo, the bird flew away. As it turns out, it was a red bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) fairly common to my camera. But because of the effort I put in to get the photo, I'm sharing. ;-)

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    Crow Haven

    “Two fish crows in a pine tree: ‘Hey, Bob, do you think this branch is pine-credible?’” - AI dad joke from Copilot

    These are a couple of fish crows (Corvus ossifragus) that were part of a group that I saw at Vernon Lake in West Central Louisiana. Initially, I thought them to be American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) because they are almost identical. Fish crows are a bit smaller. I had to use Merlin help to sort this out.

    I don't post all of the photos that I post here to my Pixels gallery, but I post the photos I like best. Some don't make the cut. I like this photo and am pretty sure that I'll upload it to my gallery. I usually wait a couple of days to see how I feel about it then.

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    A Downy Woodpecker at Work

    “When the downy woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) accidentally pecks out a Morse code message for ‘Free WiFi in the Forest’!” -Copilot editied

    "The downy woodpecker (Dryobates pubescens) is the smallest woodpecker in North America. These charming birds measure between 14 to 18 centimeters (5.5 to 7.1 inches) in length. They primarily inhabit forested areas across the United States and Canada, except for deserts in the southwest and the northern tundra regions1. Despite their diminutive size, downy woodpeckers are energetic and bold, sporting sharp, chisel-like bills and displaying spunky attitudes2.

    Their appearance follows the classic woodpecker body plan: a straight, chisel-like bill, blocky head, wide shoulders, and a straight-backed posture as they lean away from tree limbs and onto their tail feathers. ..." - Copilot

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    A Sip of Refreshment

    “A Pine Siskin’s Quenching Moment”- Copilot

    This pine siskin (Spinus pinus) had just grabbed a drink of water from the bird bath. If you look closely you can see a water drop forming beneath its beak.

    You know, the photographs that I post here are not quite a vivid as the same photographs that I post at my pixel's gallery, because here, I reduce the size of the photos and usually make a slight reduction in the quality of the photos to make them easier to load.

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    Mealworm

    Here is a mealworm in the clutches of a pine warbler (Setophaga pinus). Also at the bird feeder is a goldfinch with its back turned to the camera.

    "Pine Warblers are often difficult to see as they usually stay high up in pines. Insects make up most of their diet, but they also eat fruits and seeds. They occasionally forage on the ground or come to feeders. Males sing even, rich trills from the tops of pines." - allaboutbirds.org

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    Happy Easter, 🐰🐣🐥

    31 March 2024

    I remember one Easter as a child. We lived on a small ranch with my grandparents. When we went hunting for the Easter eggs, I found one that was hidden the prior year. It was an interesting moment, not pleasant though. Not long after that, our very next Easter was aboard a troop ship headed for Japan. I recall little plastic yellow chicks, hours of fun. The ship was the USS St Patrick. I've tried to find a record of the ship on the line, but to no avail.

    Do you know there are many people who during their lives never travel away from the place that they were born?

    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad / Roughing It

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    For the remainder of this Easter weekend, I'm removing my markup on any image of mine on any product purchased at: swede1952-photographs.pixels.com .

    All you will pay for is whatever pixels charges for the materials, printing, framing, etc.

    Here is the discount code: USARPU

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    Gossamer Guardian

    "Nectar Ninja: Defender of the Sweet Oasis" - Copilot

    This is a female ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), although, rufus humming bird is a possibility as well. But I know I know that there is a male ruby-throated hummingbird around and it being spring and all, well ...

    One thing that I like about purchasing prints from Pixels over some other sites that I've looked at, is at Pixels, they do custom frames and canvas stretching. I don't need to stretch my photo to fit a frame, they build the frame to the size of my photo. That's kind of awesome. Take a look, you can try different fames and other media online, just to see what they would look like, without having to purchase anything:
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    Watchful Sparrow

    “Amidst the bare branches, a chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina) basks in morning light.” - Copilot edited

    You know, the photographs that I post here are not quite a vivid as the same photographs that I post at my pixel's gallery, because here, I reduce the size of the photos and usually make a slight reduction in the quality of the photos to make them easier to load.

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    Egret at Dusk

    “Golden-beaked egret stands sentinel by the tranquil waters.” - Copilot

    I saw this great egret (Ardea alba) in Georgia last November. I decided a portrait was in order.

    I post my favorite photographs at: swede1952-photographs.pixels.com .

    Take a look there are over 400 images to scroll through. There are prints and what nots for sale, but that's not why I do this. Just look through the photos and I hope you enjoy.

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    Good morning. 🐦🐦🐦

    28 March 2024

    I went ahead and pulled the trigger on buying a robotic vacuum cleaner. It arrived yesterday, it is a Roomba j7+. I'm still learning the ropes but have it cleaning the family room now. I ordered some third-party replacement parts off of Amazon because the cost of the Rooba parts was pretty high. The reviews indicated that the bags were just like the Roomba brand. I was mapping the house yesterday, Charlie just avoided it, but Ben gets curious about new things in the house, and I watched him follow it around for a few minutes. I have to say, it isn't very loud, it can run while I'm watching TV and not bother me at all. The only time it sounds like a conventional vacuum is when it empties into the bin.

    “We sent a robot to do a man’s job.” - Daniel H. Wilson, Robogenesis

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    Watchful Cowbird

    “Perched gracefully, the Brown-headed Cowbird enjoys a moment of rest.” - Copilot

    I watched this brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) for about an hour lounging around my backyard. Some people don't like these birds because they are "obligate brood parasites," meaning that the female lays her eggs and the nests of other species and depend on the other birds to raise their young. But I think it's just part of nature, a circle of life sort of thing. For them, "it is the way." ;-)

    "Some birds, such as the Yellow Warbler, can recognize cowbird eggs but are too small to get the eggs out of their nests. Instead, they build a new nest over the top of the old one and hope cowbirds don’t come back. Some larger species puncture or grab cowbird eggs and throw them out of the nest. But the majority of hosts don’t recognize cowbird eggs at all." -allaboutbirds.org

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    Guardian and the Dreamer

    “A tranquil duo: one vigilant, the other in blissful slumber." - Copilot

    These are two mourning doves (Zenaida macroura) that I saw a week or so ago, before all the trees started popping out leaves.

    'A graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove that’s common across the continent. Mourning Doves perch on telephone wires and forage for seeds on the ground; their flight is fast and bullet straight. Their soft, drawn-out calls sound like laments. When taking off, their wings make a sharp whistling or whinnying. ... - allaboutbirds.org

    You know, the photographs that I post here are not quite a vivid as the same photographs that I post at my pixel's gallery, because here, I reduce the size of the photos and usually make a slight reduction in the quality of the photos to make them easier to load.

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    Iridescent Grace

    “Graceful wings carry iridescence through sunlit skies.” - Copilot

    I saw my first ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) of the season this evening. Charlie and I were outside sitting on the porch of my wife's shop, when I noticed the bird, a little male. I didn't have my camera and there wasn't enough light anyway. The photograph is one that I took last year.

    A flash of green and red, the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is eastern North America’s sole breeding hummingbird. These brilliant, tiny, precision-flying creatures glitter like jewels in the full sun, then vanish with a zip toward the next nectar source. Feeders and flower gardens are great ways to attract these birds, and some people turn their yards into buzzing clouds of hummingbirds each summer. Enjoy them while they’re around; by early fall they’re bound for Central America.

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    Crow’s Domain

    Here's an American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) flying pass on a clear day.

    "Despite its tendency to eat roadkill, the American Crow is not scavenger specialist, and carrion is only a very small part of its diet. Though their bills are large, crows can’t break through the skin of even a gray squirrel. They must wait for something else to open a carcass or for the carcass to decompose and become tender enough to eat." - allaboutbirds.org

    One thing that I like about purchasing prints from Pixels over some other sites that I've looked at, is at Pixels, they do custom frames and canvas stretching. I don't need to stretch my photo to fit a frame, they build the frame to the size of my photo. That's kind of awesome. Take a look, you can try different fames and other media online, just to see what they would look like, without having to purchase anything:
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    Birding Without Borders by Noah Strycker

    Traveling to 41 countries in 2015 with a backpack and binoculars, Noah Strycker became the first person to see more than half the world's 10,000 species of birds in one year.

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    Purposeful Birdwatching: Getting to Know Birds Better by Rob Hume

    With its mix of memoir, gentle advice and enthusiastic advocacy, this book sets out a case for purposeful birdwatching. Along the way, it explains how to make your birding more enjoyable, fulfilling and worthwhile.

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    Rockin Sparrow 🎷🎸🎹🎺🎶

    "(Tick tock tick) Doo doo doo-doo
    (Tick tock tick) Doo doo doo-doo
    (Tick tock tick) Doo doo doo-doo
    (Tick tock tick) Doo doo doo-doo

    Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
    Into the future
    Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'
    Into the future

    I want to fly like an eagle
    To the sea
    Fly like an eagle
    Let my spirit carry me
    I want to fly like an eagle
    'Til I'm free
    Oh, Lord through the revolution

    Feed the babies
    Who don't have enough to eat
    Shoe the children
    With no shoes on their feet
    House the people
    Livin' in the street
    Oh, oh there's a solution ..."

    • Steve Miller Band
    • Songwriters: Dave Curtiss, Clive Maldoon

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    Cold-weather bird for a frigid day. Adult male Rough-legged Hawk, photographed in Riley County Kansas on a sunny December day in 2022.

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