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Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Gary Cole, Goodbye.

Gary and Don waiting at Blind Pass for the green flash.

 Diane and Gary

Blind Pass sunset, Goodbye Gary.
Gary Cole, our good friend, passed away Monday, Feb. 3rd at his home in Illinois. Gary was generous and funny and passionate about bird photography, native plants, prairie restoration, conservation and of course, his grandkids! He was my photography buddy on Sanibel and we had many wonderful times with he and his wife, Diane Elizabeth Bell Cole there. Gary led many plant walks on Sanibel for the Weeds and Seeds group. Here are some of his bird photographs he last posted on his facebook page. He was sometimes shy about showing his photos, but I don't think he would mind me posting these. Gary was one of the good guys. We will miss him very much. In my photo of he and Don and the sunset they are waiting at Blind Pass for the Green Flash. My heart goes out to Diane and her family. Love you Gary, goodbye.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Bluebird Happiness!

Bluebird time! Yesterday our pair of Eastern Bluebirds were checking out their nesting box, going in and out, thinking about the upcoming breeding season. Happiness is bluebirds!

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Happy Groundhog Day! Early Spring Predicted!

Happy Groundhog Day! It's official, Punxsutawney Phil, the famous predicting groundhog, did not see his shadow so we will have an early spring. Where I am in eastern MA it is overcast so any groundhog who emerged would not see it's shadow, however all groundhogs here are still hibernating in their burrows despite the spring-like weather here (no snow on ground, mild temps). What's the weather where you are?…/2020-01-30-groundhog-day-punxsutawney…

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Great White Pelican, Here We Go Again!

Great White Pelican, Sanibel, FL 2016, ©Lillian Stokes

Great White Pelican, Sanibel, FL 2016 ©Lillian Stokes

Great White Pelican, Merritt Island, FL 2020 ©Kristina Fisher

Here we go again! A Great White Pelican (a species found in Africa, Asia and Europe) showed up Thursday at Merritt Island, FL. Experts are trying to determine if this is the same Great White Pelican that showed up at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel FL in Feb. 2016, 2017 and 2019. The Sanibel sightings were rejected by the Florida Ornithological Society as a first North American record even though there was no evidence that this was a bird escaped from captivity in the U.S. Experts keep track of that plus this bird had no bands. Will this open the case again? Amazingly this new sighting, as with previous sightings, had the Great White Pelican showing up the same month, February, in the company of American White Pelicans. The photo on top I took at Ding Darling in Feb. 2016, the photo on bottom was taken by Kristina Fisher Thursday at Merritt Island. Stay tuned. To see my blog post on the Sanibel bird go,


Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Short-eared Owl, Wonderful Winter Owl!

Thinking about winter owls. Here's a Short-eared Owl I saw several years ago in Salisbury Beach, MA on Christmas day. What a gift! This wonderful owls breeds across all of Canada and AK and the uppermost part of the West, but winters across most of the U.S. in grasslands and open areas where they hunt voles and mice.

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Happy National Bird Day!

Happy National Bird Day! Celebrate birds, protect birds, go birding, feed birds and most of all enjoy birds! I chose to show this Hairy Woodpecker at a feeder because that is the way the majority of Americans interact with birds.