Red bird of love

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Valentine bird, this male Northern Cardinal is singing his heart out. Time for true love… or at least sexy mating rituals… in the bird world.

I have heard the cardinals now and then but not seen many since we arrived in early December, until recently. Now they are noisier and more visible. Go for it, guys!

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Also in the neighborhood, bougainvillea in Valentine’s Day colors.

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Sewall’s Point has wonderful vegetation, layers of trees and shrubs to keep the birds and my eyes happy. Neighborhood walks are so nice.

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I am still learning what is growing and blooming around me. That’s the fun part about moving to a new place.

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Lots of Zebra Longwing butterflies here. (I just learned that one.)

The species is distributed across South and Central America and as far north as southern Texas and peninsular Florida; there are migrations north into other American states in the warmer months.

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Gray squirrel, I know that one.

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Bird lover mailbox.

Understory glows

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Female Northern Cardinal on an alder branch.

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Male Northern Cardinal on the garden fence.

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Hello, bird.

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Eating winterberries.

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The one time a male cardinal is sort of camouflaged.

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Such color!

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View of the pondhouse from across the pond.

Leaves are mostly gone from the treetops. Now the understory glows.

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Radar carries a small log on the leafy path back up to the house.

New England autumn beauty persists well into November. Time change last weekend and now it starts to get dark around 4 p.m.

Moving date is set for Nov. 28, closing Nov. 29.

Election day. I will be doing my civic duty and working as a ballot clerk in our small town for the last time. I stay to tally the write ins too.

Juncos return

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Dark-eyed Juncos are back in town.

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Just a few in the backyard yesterday, but I saw a large flock a few days ago while walking along the old rail line in our town.

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Northern Cardinals always live here.

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Launch!

2016 is here!

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Female Northern Cardinal with a Downy Woodpecker beyond.

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New Year’s Resolution: keep an eye on the birds.

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Goldfinches, male cardinal and chickadee. The feeders are busy when it snows.

Raggedy bird

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Mr. and Mrs. are out to lunch.

She seems a bit further along in the molt than he does. He looks like he left his hat at home.