Crows In A Tree + One Craney Crow On the Ground + Some Flowers That Maddie Likes To Eat + Yellow Petals

Craney Crows is the genus Uncle Remus assigned Herons and Egrets.

My batteries went dead as the Craney Crow flew into sight on her magnificent wings. The crows all swirled around, then settled again, all of the birds politely waited while I changed batteries.

I saw the crows flying around while at the gas pumps, so as soon as the gas tank was full I moved out of the way and went behind the gas station to see what I could see.  I saw a small holding pond. I saw a few moss covered trees full of crows and a flock of different lighter colored birds that started to settle, but were encourage to move on, tree service being strictly first come first serve.  I saw a few buzzards migrating.  There was a Masonic Lodge with a barren yard surrounded  by chain link fence.  Then the Great White Heron came flying into my vision.  I lifted my camera, the flying bird, the blue sky, the sun behind me ,,,, and beep beep beep batteries low beep beep beep and the camera turned itself off. .
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A Tree With Black Crows And A White Craney Crow  ⓒBearspawprint2014

A Tree With Black Crows And A White Craney Crow ⓒBearspawprint2014

I also saw these little yellow flowers which Maddie likes to eat. Maddie’s comments and reference links can be can be found here in the comments section:

The little flowers that Maddie likes to eat ...ⓒBearspawprint2014

The little flowers that Maddie likes to eat …ⓒBearspawprint2014

Little bright Flowers
Sun yellow autumn petals
Winter soon is here
Bear … 12.17.2014


Piliated Woodpecker


Piliated Woodpecker or, as Willow taught me, dicky bird.

Piliated Woodpecker, there actually are two, one is behind the tree, being coy ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014 2014

Piliated Woodpecker, there actually are two, one is behind the tree, being coy ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014

As soon as I looked down, the second bird flew away.  I think the one I could see told the other one I wasn’t looking, for that tiny instant.  Sub-audial?  Bird sign-language? Dunno, but something.

When standing on the ground, so that the length of their legs can be seen, and they are balanced at a  different angle, they are quite dinosaur appearing.

ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014




Naughty Pileated Woodpecker

The 5/8 Bees don’t actually do damage, but the hungry Pileated Woodpecker, hunting for tasty tidbits, does. I caught this one pecking on the fascia boards. When he noticed me, he flew away, but I could hear him again, from inside the house, a few minutes later. The fascia board is 2″X 8″ so you can tell the size of this Woodpecker. He is small for his species, so is perhaps young or a she.    ⓒ Bearspawprint 2014

Pileated Woodpecker
5/8 BEE 

Dutch Amsterdam feral parakeets

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Once more, about the feral parakeets in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

This morning, the city ecologist said there are now about 3,000 ring-necked parakeets, and 100 Alexandrine parakeets in Amsterdam.

This is a video of a ring-necked parakeet nest in the Vondelpark, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

In autumn and (early) winter, ring-necked parakeets gather in big flocks of hundreds or thousands of birds to sleep together in trees. Now, these flocks are getting smaller; as ring-necked parakeets nest early. They are dispersing to find good nesting sites.

This video is about ring-necked parakeets and Alexandrine parakeets in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam.

Alexandrine parakeets are about 10cm bigger than ring-necked parakeets. They also have bigger bills and darker neck-rings.

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