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By: GardenGrrl , 8:55 PM GMT on January 25, 2012

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Hi All,
We went to Lake Lewisville Monday to enjoy the wonderful weather. Took lots of pictures of ducks and coots. Shot the backside of retreating songbirds. Saw; Myrtle Warbler, bluejays, cardinals, little fly catchers. Good birding day.

In our yard a new visitor has shown up. Seems to be stalking (lol) the juncos because it always shows up a few minutes after them. I think it's a female "common yellow throat warbler" but this is sooo the wrong area for one.

Here are three pics of the mystery bird;







Here are pics from the lake. I used the "quick fix" from Photoshop Elements 10 Organizer. It made the water bluer. I'm still going through the learning curve on the PSE-10. It's in two parts; the editor for the fancy edits and Organizer which is a giant photo album. So far am underwelmed due to the lack of intuitive tools like say with Piknik. Unfortunatley Google has eaten Piknik and it will be gone by April.













And of course Miss Roxie out enjoying the day too.

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46. sandiquiz
8:44 AM GMT on February 07, 2012
Hi GG -

We have been having a "metrication" conversation in Gamma's blog.
As in why the US still uses inches and pounds.

But when I saw BriarCraft's comment on her being caught in a speed trap doing 41 in a 30 mph area I suddenly realised... So did I ! That means, we are metric when we load fuel in our car, as in litres, but still travel at mph!! How ridiculous!
We also buy fruit and veg in kilos and milk in litres, but if you go into a haberdashery you buy ribbon by the yard!
When I weigh out ingredients for a recipe I use milligrams (actually, I still convert to ounces), but you use cups!

The confusion goes on!!!! lol

Left you a comment in my blog about what you said - the answer is lattes and ice cream:)
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45. BriarCraft
11:05 PM GMT on February 06, 2012
I was wandering around, looking for snowy owls, while you were snacking on junk food and watching the Super Bowl. I did suffer from some side effects of Super Bowl Sunday though. I got nailed in a speed trap in Ocean Shores: going a whopping 41 mph right where the speed limit dropped from 35 to 30, which I didn't see. I was busy looking for owls, which I didn't see, either.

And all the way home, I saw lurking patrol cars waiting to snag drunk or speedy drivers. Saw many drivers pulled over in front of flashing lights, too. I know to watch for the lurker law enforcers on holidays, but the thought never occurred for Super Bowl Sunday. With all the local government budget woes, I guess the constabulary wanted to make sure their pay checks don't bounce. Oh well. It was a great day anyway.
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44. Ylee
10:50 PM GMT on February 06, 2012
Back when I carried a whopping 145 lbs. on my 6'2" frame, I had my ribs pop on several occasions, twice when I was on the recieving end of a bear hug! I'll tell you what, it was hard to breathe for a couple of days, and was really sore for several weeks. Now that I'm porked out to a shade over 200 lbs., that don't happen anymore!

Never liked bear hugs; don't know why they call it that, either. Bears don't do that.
Maybe they should call it an anaconda hug! :)
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43. sandiquiz
4:03 PM GMT on February 06, 2012
Hey Ho... hope you are having some fun on your days off work... and some rest, too.

Super Bowl.... what's that??? And I thought Madonna was a singer! lol
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42. plapman
1:49 PM GMT on February 06, 2012
Good morning GarddenGrrl.
Must be nice to have open water in Febuary. The lakes and ponds here will be frozen untill mid March.
I think someone dyed a canary to make him green. :)
Enjoy the day.
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41. Ylee
11:34 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
Hi, GG! I'm at work and out of the loop, game-wise; hope you're having a good time!
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40. GardenGrrl
10:28 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
Hi SP, Oh yeah it's a veggie stick and junk food fest here. Yee-Ha!

Hi Shore, Tropical System? February? Might have to go look at actual weather news instead of football news.

Okay, fans of Super Bowl Commercials, here is a link to ones that were not allowed on TV. Most of these are really funny but Not Safe For Work.

Link
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39. shoreacres
9:57 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
Uh, GG ~ you know how we've been saying we need a good tropical system to get us some rain? Well, the first one just popped up.

Let's see... February .... 5th? Good gosh.
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38. sp34n119w
9:54 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
Well, I'm getting ready to pig out on junk food, so I believe it ;)
Enjoy the game, gg -
Go Giants!
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37. GardenGrrl
9:29 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
It's The Super Bowl Buffet Day!

Hi Danube, Thanks. Hope all is well your way.

Hi Calpoppy, did you know that the Super Bowl is the second biggest eating day in the US next to Thanks Giving? There will be an estimated 8 million pounds of guacamole eaten.
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36. calpoppy
9:22 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
Ran into a good deal on suet for the birds, so they are good for this year and next! I get to watch the Super Bowl today, first time in 12 years!!!

I just stopped by to say hi, then get back to making up something super bowlish!
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35. Danube
2:31 AM GMT on February 05, 2012
The second is a male (American) goldfinch in winter plumage.
Nice shot.
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34. GardenGrrl
12:01 PM GMT on February 03, 2012
Good morning All,
only two minutes left to blog. What oh what good was that Evelyn Wood Speed Reading course?
Haven't even read all the blogs yet alone commented lol ;)

Hi Rebel, Shore, Briarcraft, SP and Sandi, will catch you on the "weekend".
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33. sandiquiz
5:37 AM GMT on February 03, 2012
It is Friday for most of us, but for you it is Thursday!
Whatever day you think it is, I hope you are OK.

I am doing a "Pros" and wandering around the blogs in the middle of the night!!
I awoke early for some reason, and rather than lie there, tossing and turning, I got up to get a "jump" on the day!!!

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32. sp34n119w
11:47 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Perhaps we can form a movement or cult of sparrowness and embrace the ideals of art cause it's fun ;-) Oh wait, I think thats the Burning Man Festival.

Oh, I don't think they'd mind if we joined in the fun in any way we like :)

I found another little project that might help hone your photo editing skills. I don't actually know if you ever read "How to Teach Physics to Your Dog" but I know we talked about it a lot. If you didn't, I guess you won't much care about the new book or winning the contest! LOL

Hope you're feeling well today and enjoying your odd warm weather as much as I'm enjoying my odd warm weather :)
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31. BriarCraft
7:59 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
GOLDFINCHES!!! It must be spring? Maybe in Texas?? The American Goldfinch is the Washington state bird, yet there are none to be seen here. They turn kind of a nondescript greenish color during winter and they usually are here year-round. But not this year. I haven't seen a one since about November.

So sorry that you find something always seems to be hurting. I may not work any more, but I can relate to your "work prayer". It's pretty much the same as my "go to town prayer". The older I get, the more my mouth seems to just open before I realize it. Gamms may think she's at a point in her career where she no longer BSs. If you pay much attention to Whoopi Goldberg she'd know it's more about being post-menopausal. No more hormones making us be sweet and lovable. Pain does make one short-tempered and out-spoken. So does menopause, which you're experiencing early. That means you may have to adjust to a double dose of foot-in-mouth syndrome. Still, it's too bad that things are happening at work that cause you to want to say what's really on your mind. Like Sandi, I have my rolling pin at the ready, too. Not only that, but I also tend to string along my paragraphs in a seemingly endless ramble. I thought about editing it, but couldn't even figure out where paragraph breaks should reasonably go, so to heck with it.

It's been dry here for a couple of days, with highs nearing 50F, so I'm out to finally get my dormant spraying done. Catch ya later!
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30. shoreacres
3:51 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Here's a hopeful sign! Bring it on! How about another two feet of rain, over the next six months? ;)
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29. rebel13
2:52 PM GMT on February 02, 2012
Happy Groundhog Day again GG. I guess it's more of a northern thing eh.
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28. GardenGrrl
11:53 AM GMT on February 02, 2012
Hi Prose, and a very good morning to you. It's a slightly foggy morning in Lewisville with much needed rain expected :-)
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27. Proserpina
12:33 PM GMT on February 01, 2012
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Good morning. Came by to wish you a very good and healthy February.
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26. GardenGrrl
11:43 AM GMT on February 01, 2012
Happy February!

Hi Calpoppy, yep it is a crazy winter if you are getting buds too. It sounds like Alaska is getting all the winter.

Hi Shore, I imagine a notice would look something like hierogliphics. Did put out the hummingbird feeder yesterday just in case.

Hi Ylee, triple bunnies to you too :-)

Hi Sandi, thanks. Will work on being more tortoise than hare.
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25. sandiquiz
10:29 AM GMT on February 01, 2012


GG - Wishing you a very Happy Month of February :)

This is your long week, so "PACE" yourself:)
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24. Ylee
6:14 AM GMT on February 01, 2012
White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits, GG!
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23. shoreacres
2:35 PM GMT on January 31, 2012
GG ~ We always have the goldfinches in January/February. They've been around here for about three weeks. It may be that they're on their way north. Too soon, sez me. Put a note in your tree and tell them to hang out for a while longer. We have to have some winter pretty soon, and better they should be here than in Kansas.

Thinking back, I do remember other winters like this. I've been in Texas off and on since '71, and I've enjoyed April-like Januaries and some that seemed like Nome South. The fact is everything has been wacky since Ike. Let's blame him!

Have a good day - we had some light showers come through, so my work day will start a little late. Have a good one yourself!
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22. Ylee
8:07 AM GMT on January 31, 2012
GG, it's just too dang warm! It's supposed to be in the low 60s here tomorrow, and much more of this weather is going to start spring up here, too, and that's just setting everything up for a bad freeze!

Enjoy your time off!
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21. calpoppy
10:50 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
You have so many cool birds!! We haven't had the variety this winter because there is so little snow in the mountains. Today I even saw a Joshua tree with a huge bud. They normally don't bloom until April! This non-winter has just got to stop!!!!
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20. GardenGrrl
5:58 PM GMT on January 30, 2012
Good Morning.
GOLDFINCHES I type in all caps. GOLDFINCHES!!!
It is too early for these guys. So it's the end of January almost February and it sounds like spring in my yard.
A Carolina Wren has claimed the top of my cyprus tree and is singing it's heart out.

The chickadees are flocking, flitting and singin sweet melodies instead of thier usual nasal; "hey the feeders open" call.

I have robins, juncos and a warbler. The bluejays are frisky and the tree buds are swelling. It's February and I fear an apocalyptic freeze before the real spring comes.

I worry about nature and the Earth. She's our home and the font where beauty springs forth for those who take the time to look. I hope this early spring is part of her evolving and not some type of self destructive senility. So in my tiny yard I will care for her and all her creatures that come through in need.

Hi Gams, speaking of good photos, how 'bout that AC you got. Then again I enjoyed all the shots you took if the Ibis, the peacocks and Nolen.

Hi SP, Sillysparrowness is now my new roll-model. What else can I say? Perhaps we can form a movement or cult of sparrowness and embrace the ideals of art cause it's fun ;-) Oh wait, I think thats the Burning Man Festival. Anyhow, great video and link to more fun stuff she's put out.

Hi Shore, thanks :-) Yeah the whole sleep late, nap etc on my days off is cutting into my artsy craftsy time but one must adjust. There are thirty miniature dwarves from a set of game pieces that need assembling so they can "play" in my indoor garden. Stories to write, photoshop to learn. Guess that am glad for not being bored and that there is always something I want to do or someone I want to talk to even if there is not enough time to do it all.

Each of us has our own little bit of the world we take part in. Even in the hard times one can find beauty and gentle humor.
Peace from the blog porch.
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19. shoreacres
3:05 AM GMT on January 30, 2012
I came by to tell you how beautiful your dove is - the one you left at Sandi's. I'm glad I did, because it sounds like work's being a bit much right now. That sound like little honey bees buzzing around? Those are the good thoughts I'm sending your way. I hope things smooth out soon. Just like our mamas said: be sure and get your rest!
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18. Proserpina
2:33 PM GMT on January 29, 2012
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17. sandiquiz
11:47 AM GMT on January 29, 2012
Today is Sunday - (for most) - and the day of peaceful rest, supposedly.
I do hope you can relax and rest up. I am so sorry you are hurting.... one day :)
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16. Ylee
12:07 AM GMT on January 29, 2012
GG, I hope your pain will subside after some rest. If you're like me, when your body is giving notice to take a break, you're like "OK, OK< maybe after this is done.", and then you do some more even after you finish the task at hand.(Sorry, Shore!)

Take care!
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15. sp34n119w
8:45 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
I'm not trying to give anyone any ideas, but ... should somebody be looking for something to do, or be in need of a place to hide away, or a place to hide bothersome others ... or, you know, whatever ...
it's an option, is all I'm saying.
Plus, she's just adorable and fun to watch :)
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14. seflagamma
1:29 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
Good morning GG,

I know to the rest of the world today is Saturday...
to you and me it is our "Friday" ROFL!!

and this pray of yours:
"A work prayer; Lord please keep your arms around me and your hands firmly over my mouth "

I have to say it all the time!!!!
My mouth can get me in so much trouble because I am at a point in my career I no longer BS
around here and I will "tell it like it is" and I am not afraid.
Because all I want to do it retire!!!
actually I would love to get a "severance package" first then go into retirement.
If we really do "out source" the department I am in in the next few months or no more than one or 2 years from now..
for me, it would be perfect timing, the sooner the better..
but for those that still need a lot more years in the work force, it will be a bad thing.

So you and I will keep our mouths shut today and make it until 7pm.. then we will be off for a few days!!!

Take care and I love your photos.. you are very good!!!
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13. GardenGrrl
12:08 PM GMT on January 28, 2012
Hi Sandi, nothing bad. I'm just cranky, tired and something always hurts ( a lot) so I am trying not to bite anyones head off or complain all the time.

Otherwise, it's all good.
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12. sandiquiz
8:37 PM GMT on January 27, 2012
A work prayer; Lord please keep your arms around me and your hands firmly over my mouth ;-)

Oh, dear, have they been upsetting you again, until you felt you had to say something:(
Think how many WUer's will come to your rescue, and defence, if they upset you!

Just give us the nod... I have my rolling pin at the ready!
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11. GardenGrrl
12:11 PM GMT on January 27, 2012
What happened to this morning? It's already time to put shoes on and go to work.

A work prayer; Lord please keep your arms around me and your hands firmly over my mouth ;-)

Skye, so you all are having cattywumpus bird migration too. We have had Robins since December hanging around here, perhaps earlier because there were a bunch at the Dallas Arboretum. Myrtle Warblers as well. This may well be a female Common Yellow Throat Warbler. Wish a male would show up with her that would nail it. Still, it's not spring yet.

Hi Briarcraft, I could spend waaay too much time on the allabout birds site. Thats a pretty bird you posted. They may well be the same as color varies with light and genetics.

Hi SP, Roxie wags her little nubby and says "Woof".

Okay runnning late now. Hugs and see ya!
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10. sp34n119w
8:35 PM GMT on January 26, 2012
Hammond's Flycatcher. Or Dusky. Or Alder.
Yup.
Like I would know, LOL

That's two things you've left around that have sent me off surfing the 'tubes. Thanks ;)

Miss Roxie is looking sweet and sassy :)

Happy spelunking!
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9. BriarCraft
5:52 PM GMT on January 26, 2012
Mystery bird does strongly resemble Sandi's willow warbler, which also looks like a female yellow warbler which apparently migrates through Texas according to allaboutbirds.org



Great duck portraits.
And Miss Roxie always has a smile on her face and is looking lovely as ever.
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8. Skyepony (Mod)
1:38 PM GMT on January 26, 2012
Roxie looks happy:) Great pics. The Robins just made it here yesterday. I'm not sure if the whippoorwills left yet. All the birds aren't wintering in their usual spots.
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7. GardenGrrl
12:11 PM GMT on January 26, 2012
Good Morning, after a wonderful outdoor oriented weekend it is back to the Batcave.

Hi Literaldrift, That was my other thought. Vireos have the eye ring. Winter color? If it stays through summer we will know for sure.

Hi Prose, have been very much enjoying your new blog. It's funny how the different bird books and web sites have different pictures of the same bird. It took me a couple months to identify a golden crown kinglet once because the bird book pics did not show the crown predominatly like my shot of him.

Hi Janetlee, oh hooded mergansers are so pretty. Have only seen them at zoos. We just have mostly mallards, coots and cormerants.

Hi LowerCal, maybe I need to do a birdy literacy program. Perhaps Orienteering with topagraphical maps?
That's neat you get more than one type of hummingbird. I just get some very territorial blackchin hummers.

Hi Shore, Bluejays are beautiful birds. Was very surprised to hear their "magic bells" sound. Put that site into my favorites folder.

Hi Sandi, You would not believe how much reading goes into using that program...okay they sent you Big Photoshop with you course. Probably the same thing if that has an Organizer. When I have more time will see if I can upload to WU from that program are have to do work arounds. Darn Google for eating our Piknik.
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6. sandiquiz
8:46 AM GMT on January 26, 2012
Love your bird photos... but of course I would do... they are my feathered friends!
As to your little unknown bird, I would possibly agree with Linda, as it looks like one of our warblers.... but what do I know of the US birds.. your robin is twice as big as ours!!! lol

This is a Willow Warbler.


I will wait to see if you get to grips with Organizer before I invest!

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5. shoreacres
1:39 AM GMT on January 26, 2012
I don't have a clue about the mystery bird. You get so many more song birds than we do here - or at least more than I ever have. Wild guess? Vireo or Warbler. But what do I know?

My treasure is my blue jay family. I think there are four of them - maybe two couples. ;) I heard one of them making an unusual sound the other day - really a song. You can hear it in the first recording on this site. It's musical and burbly - very, very pretty and not at all like the usual "calls".
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4. LowerCal
12:45 AM GMT on January 26, 2012
Nice pictures.

I've seen all the hummingbirds that "belong" in this area... and one that doesn't. Poor little fellow can neither afford nor carry the Stokes Field Guide to Birds so he doesn't know any better.
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3. janetlee
12:34 AM GMT on January 26, 2012
i would guess maybe an acadian flycatcher, can't see the beak very well but the color is about right. love the duck photos. we have a few hooded merganser ducks on our pond this week.
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2. Proserpina
12:23 AM GMT on January 26, 2012
I love Roxie's photo! She is such a cutie.

Wonderful photos of the ducks. I hope you posted some on the photo gallery.

The mystery bird, I do not know. From the back it has a resemblance to female yellow finches, but I do not think that it is a finch. The greenish yellow is not a finch. Have you gone to the Cornell site on identifying birds? You might find a photo there.

I am so glad that you had such a beautiful and wonderful bird trip (so to speak).

Have a wonderful Wed. evening.
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1. literaldrift
9:18 PM GMT on January 25, 2012
White-eyed vireo?
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