HELLO SUMMER

Ok, technically, it is still Spring but the old habit of calling anything after Memorial Day, ┬áSummer still is in effect here. We have plans for day trips, week-long trips and also┬átending the raised bed gardens. Trips to St Louis, Collinsville, IL, various covered bridges, photo safaris with the Jefferson County Camera club (http://www.jeffcophoto.com/index.html) are on the ‘schedule’. Add a trip to Gaston’s on the White River (https://www.gastons.com/) and then to see family in Oklahoma. Our nephew,Zachary, is attending a cross-country running camp near New Haven in late June, so he will end up staying here for an extended time and I will attempt to help him learn to drive (Lord…help me LOL).

We had business out-of-town and took the cameras with us. Here are some photos from Molly’s 40D and the 500 with 1.4 extender.

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Mystery Bird

After each fledging class of blue birds, I remove the old nest to try and keep the box clean and parasite free. This bird has tried to take advantage of the clean box and set up house keeping. We are not sure what bird this is.

Our best guess at this point in time is Bell’s Vireo but since we have never seen a Bell’s Vireo and the Cornell Bird site pictures show a bird that has more yellow in the belly, we can not be sure.

Any help is appreciated.

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(click lower right link to get to the 1000 px by 800 px image ( largish crop images))