THIS WEEK at I'd Rather B Birdin'
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A bit Bird Brained!!

First off I'd like to thank all who stopped by this past week to send Bud and me good will for the holiday! Much appreciated. Hope your Christmas was a happy one. My dear hubby had me going on a treasure hunt yesterday. One gift under the tree...when I opened it, there was a clue inside a Wizard of Oz 75th Reader's Digest Magazine...I read the clue...followed it, and found another clue hidden. It went on for some time with more clues...finally a whole slew of little treasures. Fun. I fixed turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, cole slaw, cranberries. With our traditional 'dessert' for Christmas, Rice Krispie Treats! [I love 'em] Family called, texted during the day...we watched our last holiday movie for the week. We've been trying to watch a Christmas themed movie during the entire week...Yesterday, the last one, was Jim Carrey's Grinch. Others: The Christmas Candle [Susan Boyle], An American Christmas Carol [Henry Winkler], and The Polar Express [Tom Hanks].

The weather, for a few mornings, has been foggy and just yesterday, there was frost on the rooftops!! But it warmed nicely to a balmy 65 degrees by mid afternoon. During those foggy, wet, damp days, I worked diligently on my bird photo frames. It took me about 12 hours a day working on revamping the nasty lookin' black oval framing to taking OUT the black oval and getting them 'natural' as I could with my new software...then, getting them printed...much to my satisfaction. They are now a lot better than the previous ones. All my framed photos are of birds Bud and I have seen; getting pictures of them. In and around the Coastal Bend of Texas. In the last three years of taking up the hobby of birding, we have seen 200+ different species!!! And counting...

Before and during:


Top Left to Right:  Killdeer and Bobolink
Middle Left to Right:  Painted Redstart, Groove Billed Ani, Indigo Bunting
Bottom Left to Right:  Blackburnian Warbler and Hooded Warbler

In total, there are ten frames. I'll share a few more. Sorry for the quality of the photos...I took the pictures with the cellphone, and the sunlight was coming in through the windows, so the venetian blinds are a bit of a hindrance.

Top two groups are as follows:
[first grouping] Top Left to right: Dicksissel, Magnolia Warbler
2nd row down left to right: Whooping Crane Family, White Tailed Hawk
3rd row down left to right:  Common Yellowthroat, Green Jay
Bottom Left to right:  Little Green  Heron, White Eyed Vireo

[2nd grouping] Top Left to right: Chuck Will's Widow, Scarlet Tanager
2nd row down left to right: Painted Bunting, Golden Fronted Woodpecker
3rd row down left to right:  Yellow Crowned Night Heron [juvenile], Black Necked Stilt with chick],
Bottom Left to Right: Baltimore Oriole, Osprey

Top Left to right: Northern Cardinal, Peregrine Falcon
2nd row down left to right: Eastern Kingbird, Nesting Ruby Throat Hummingbird
3rd row down left to right: Swainson's Hawk, Scissortailed Flycatcher
Bottom Left to right: Ladderback Woodpecker, Tropical Kingbird

Top Left to Right:  Barred Owl, Hooded Merganser, Green Parakeet, Chacalaca
Bottom Left to Right:  Brown Booby, Greater Roadrunner, Lazuli Bunting, Prothonatary Warbler

Top Left to Right:  American Robin, Red Tailed Hawk, Cedar Waxwing, King Rail [rare]
Bottom Left to Right:  American Bittern, Snipe, American Redstart, Sandhill Crane

Top Left to Right:  Neotropic Cormorant, Long Billed Curlew, White Faced Ibis, Magnificent Frigatebird
Bottom Left to Right:  Orchard Oriole, Little Blue Heron, Green Kingfisher, Caspian Tern

By the way, the other day I went to the grocery store and the change back was $6.66
This morning, the outdoor temperature reading is 66.6
It's a good thing that the time on the computer says 6:20 as I type this for posting. If the clocks had 70 minutes instead of 60 minutes [with a possible time of 6:66], I'd be a bit concerned; not that I'm superstitious!!!