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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Nature Notes and Our World Tuesday: mid to late February

I think it's amazing how different the mourning doves look in the sunshine and in the overcast cold weather.


All birds are like this but somehow looking through my shots at the dove puffed out in the cold and relaxed in the sun, the differences struck me in particular.


Wednesday some of the ice and sleet had melted from Monday night's storm when a fast snow shower ripped through in early evening to coat everything before the temperatures took a nose dive.


The rufous sided towhee (female) had a mouth full below.


I saw a lot of doves on my deck this past week.


The female cardinal also got caught with her mouth full.


Male cardinals are winter's bright flowers.


Next to the sparrow the female cardinal looks rather colorful although they look muted next to male cardinals.


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Ela said...

Nice to visit your blog !
Your photos are always wonderful !

Norma Ruttan said...

wow, I didn't know that a female bird could be so beautiful! a lovely series, Carver!

Rambling Woods said...

You're right. They really do look so different. But I think your doves are happier right now.... Michelle

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

I love when the birds puff up but I know they are cold...wonderful shots.

Penelope Puddlisms said...

I have never seen a dove so cute and chubby. It must be a method to keep warm in freezing weather. The house scene in the distance looks picture-perfect for a postcard.

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous photography of nature's gems ~ the dove puffed out is amazing!

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Lea said...

Wonderful bird photos, especially the doves!

Rajesh said...

Great shots of beautiful birds.

EG CameraGirl said...

Wow! That dove is very puffed up!!

Anonymous said...

What colourful and gorgeous birds!

Indrani said...

You have captured your lovely visitors so well.

Gattina said...

Beautiful photos ! Yes, because of the cold, they all look very round !


I like how you referenced the cardinal as winter's flower!!!

eileeninmd said...

Hello Carver, the puffy dove is pretty and I love the Towhee. Pretty bird! The weather has been frightful, very cold here today.. Have a happy day!

Karen said...

Wonderful captures Carver. That's a handsome towhee!

fredamans said...

That puffed up Dove looks so fat compared to the others... lol

bettyl-NZ said...

It's fun to see them all poofey and to know it helps against the cold. Great shots.

Judy said...

Great photos as always Carver.

Barb said...

That dove looks like it's about to explode! I like your snowy scenes.

Indrani said...

All "WOW" captures!
Great series!

Fun60 said...

The dove has a beauty all of its own.

DeniseinVA said...

This is a lovely collection of photos Carver. I do enjoy hearing the doves and think they are such a pretty bird. You have a very nice series of birds here.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Mrs Cardinal is every bit as pretty as her colorful mate in my opinion! Gosh the mourning doves even puff up here in Florida on cool mornings.... They do look different when they do that.

Florence said...

Always love to see the beautiful cardinals. Your puffed dove looks so soft in the light.


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