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Sunday, February 21, 2016

February 14 - 21, 2016

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The starling above was enjoying a chilly mid February bath while the sparrow below was debating.

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The birds are starting to sing earlier and earlier which usually indicates spring won't be too much longer.

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The male cardinal above and the junco below are no doubt ready for spring.

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I think the bird below is a yellow rump warbler with a piece of dried fruit in his mouth.

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The mourning dove looks rather intent on the supplemental food I put out during a day of sleet and freezing rain.

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Next a female rufous-sided towhee.

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I could have used ice skates on my deck when I took the next shot.

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This past week started off cold but by the end of the week was like spring.

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The female cardinal was enjoying a pleasant day on my deck.

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Next a stylish looking carolina chickadee.

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The rest of the shot are from a Sunday walk today in central NC at Upper Barton Creek in Wake County.

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The temperatures were very spring like.

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Our average last frost date is in April and I'm sure it will turn cold again before winter ends but nice to have a perfect weekend for getting outside.

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Nice to see running cedar making a comeback in the woods since over collection and and habitat destruction have made it less common than it once was in many areas.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

January 31 through February 13, 2016

The last day of January was perfect for a walk at the NC Museum of Art Park.

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It always takes me time to decide about new art installations in the park (at least a couple of years).

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I still haven't decided how I feel about the one above.

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I like the way landscapes look in the winter.

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I particularly like grasses that are allowed to grow naturally and remain un-mowed when they die back in the winter.

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I've photographed the next sculpture many times.

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Same with the one below but they are both favorites of mine in terms of the outdoor installations.

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A little tree is trying to come up.

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It was nice to have a break in the winter temperatures before they started falling again.

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I photographed the mackerel sky below at the beginning of February.

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The rest of the shots were taken at my house during the first two weeks of February.

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I only feed the birds during bad weather but it's been so cold lately I've helped them out some (male cardinal above and male rufous-sided towhee below).

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I like the markings on the mourning doves feathers.

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Winter is a good time for me to catch sunsets.

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I enjoy watching the female cardinals (below) as well as the more flamboyant males. 

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Carolina chickadees are the first to take advantage of free food but move so fast they're hard to catch with my camera.

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Below is a female Rufous-sided towhee.

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The blue jay was among the first to take advantage of fresh water once I got the ice out.

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I'm starting to get quite a collection of ice circles.

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The mourning doves look like one is look-out.

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I get cold just looking at the female cardinal bathing.

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