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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Here are some Valentine's Day images from us. The top photo is of Bonica Roses from our extensive bird gardens at Bobolink Farm our 48 acre NH home. The second photo is of a preening Roseate Spoonbill (pronounced rose-ee-et) that looks like a big Valentine's day heart. It has it's right wing raised and is preening it's belly so you can't see its head, only its eye is visible peeking out from its left side. Spoonbills are one of the celebrity birds here at Ding Darling NWR, Sanibel, FL. They are not flamingos, as many tourists assume because of their pink color. Below is a photo of one in flight. Roseate Spoonbills feed by sweeping the spoon-shaped bill back and forth in the water, then snapping it closed on a fish they locate by touch.

This is also our 4 year blogger anniversary. Lillian has primarily been writing this blog, and providing all the photos, and done 799 posts. The blog has been viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. We hope you enjoy it.


Katie Bell said...

Cute pics.
I found your blog very entertaining. At our company, we are planning to throw a Valentine's day party this Friday, though we are a little late but hope to have a nice get together for our staff as well as share holders. I am checking sites for some out-of-the-box ideas. Any suggestions...?
Thank you!

Kat said...

What a beautiful couple and I absolutely love the heart shaped Spoonbill. You must have an awesome camera.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I am happy to have found this blog,as I had read about the Stokes for many years.This seem to make the articles more personal.Happy Valentine's Day.

Anonymous said...

The blog and info is greatly appreciated, thank you and Happy Valentines Day to you!

warriormom said...

Gorgeous picture of the roseate spoonbills, especially the "heart." Congratulations on your 4 year blogging anniversary

Sara said...

Congratulations on 4 years of wonderful Blogging and so many more years of helping and teaching birders everywhere. The two of you are just the best !
Thanks for sharing the birds from your Florida trip, they are a welcome sight here in the chilly midwest.