Odds and Ends…

“Romeo and Juliet”

“Once upon a time…blah, blah, blah. Love, anxiety, violence, families, feuds, the whole shebang! Only to end tragically. Now, it’s a whole new story…”

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Blue-winged Teal – # 211

The Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) is a small dabbling duck from North America.

The blue-winged teal is 40 cm (16 in) long, with a wingspan of 58 cm (23 in), and a weight of 370 g (13 oz). The adult male has a greyish blue head with a white facial crescent, a light brown body with a white patch near the rear and a black tail. The adult female is mottled brown, and has a whitish area at base of bill. Both sexes have sky-blue wing coverts, a green speculum, and yellow legs. They have two molts per year and a third molt in their first year.The call of the male is a short whistle; the female’s call is a soft quack.

Blue-winged teal inhabit shoreline more often than open water and prefer calm water or sluggish currents to fast water. They inhabit inland marshes, lakes, ponds, pools, and shallow streams with dense emergent vegetation. In coastal areas, breeding occurs in salt-marsh meadows with adjoining ponds or creeks. Blue-winged teal use rocks protruding above water, muskrat houses, trunks or limbs of fallen trees, bare stretches of shoreline, or mud flats for resting sites.

The Blue-winged Teal is # 211 on my “Lifer” List.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Subfamily: Anatinae
Genus: Anas (disputed)
Species: A. discors
Binomial name
Anas discors
(Linnaeus, 1766)

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Wood Stork – # 210

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Species: americana

Binomial name

Mycteria americana

Linnaeus, 1758

The Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) is a large American wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae.

The adult is a large bird which stands 83 to 115 cm (33–45 in) tall and spans 140 to 180 cm (55–71 in) across the wings. Males typically weigh 2.5 to 3.3 kg (5.5–7.3 lb), with a mean weight of 2.7 kg (6.0 lb); females weigh 2.0 to 2.8 kg (4.4–6.2 lb), with a mean weight of 2.42 kg (5.3 lb). Another mean estimated weight for the species was 2.64 kg (5.8 lb). However, exceptionally large males are sometimes found and these can weigh up to 4.5 kg (9.9 lb). It appears all white on the ground, with blackish-gray legs and pink feet. In flight, the trailing edge of the wings is black. The head is dark brown with a bald, black face, and the thick down-curved bill is dusky yellow. Juvenile birds are a duller version of the adult, generally browner on the neck, and with a paler bill. The bare head and the long bill, which can measure up to 25.5 cm (10.0 in) in length, render the wood stork distinctive from other large waders in its range

This is a subtropical and tropical species which breeds in much of South America, Central America and the Caribbean. The wood stork is the only stork that presently breeds in North America. In the United States there is a small breeding population in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, along with a recently discovered rookery in southeastern North Carolina. After a successful three-decade conservation effort resulting in an increased population in the southeastern United States,

The Wood Stork is listed as my # 210 “lifer”.

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What’s Up?

We Are Back!…

We returned home from our Spring vacation…still thinking that we needed even more days to unwind. Our vacations in general, leave us more tired than relaxed! We utilize our vacations to do the most we can, getting up early in the morning and going to bed late at night.

Anyway, we enjoyed every minute of our trip. Tyler had a ball and kept busy at all times. He loved his camera  and put it to good use to! His camera is a Sony Cyber -shot DSC-W800 20,1 MP. He shot approximately 45 photos, Some of which I consider very good. See samples:

We visited many places, went to the beach, enjoyed the pools, hikes, restaurants, strolls at night on the beach…I must mention my photo shootings too! The weather was perfect to top it all!.. ( Meanwhile, in our home’s area in Georgia was under severe storms that bordered into extreme!)

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Happy New Year!

“Dear friends of Avian101, H.J. has just picked me to deliver an absolutely sincere message to all of you…Let me make something clear, H.J. did not pick me because I’m a great orator, oh no! He’s always saying that I have a big mouth!

Now that I got this out of my chest~ my dear friends, tomorrow will be the first day of the year 2017. e-0706

Myself with other avian friends and…oh yeah…H.J. (sigh)… wish you a very happy  and prosperous New Year! We promise to continue working hard for you, our dear readers. We’d love you to come and visit us daily, it is an honor to have you as company.”


Here’s a gallery of friends from our avian Community. They want to say something to you.

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