“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards

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I will not be online for Valentine's Day...Bud and I are spending the day together...on a day trip...all day long...
So, instead of Trash Talk, I just thought I'd share some birding photos with y'all in hopes to bring you a smile or two, this time of year, l♥ve and courtship is in their mind and instincts play a big hand in what is seen. It's a time of love....in NATURE TOO [almost a ritual of constant cleaning, and a whole range of color changes. White pelicans have a 'horn' that normally isn't on their beaks unless it's breeding season. Activity and dominance is playing a big part along the way. Calling and bird song is at high fever. As the days progress into Spring, there is much to see, so many things to watch]:

Up at sunrise:

whoever has the most beaus at the end of the game is called 'winner' -

top in photo, CORMORANT...the three dark headed with yellow eyes...MALE LESSER SCAUP...the brown in front of the pack is a FEMALE LESSER SCAUP

what's love without your own harem -

American Avocets [in winter garb - summer they have quite a bit of browns]

...like a Roman Orgy

In the far background, several species of ducks...then, white pelicans, a slew of seagulls of different kinds, and the 'red' beak black and white bird [look very closely or enlarge the image] ... black skimmers.

resulting in this:

LOVE...love makes the world go 'round!!


  1. Wonderful captures! Hope you have a great Valentine's Day!!!

  2. Happy Valentines Day to you and your sweety. I love you my friend.

  3. Happy Vday Anni. Enjoy your romantic day :)

  4. Great pics! The ..."like a Roman orgy..." made me laugh, heartily. I hope your day trip is uh-mazing, and that you both enjoy a terrific Valentine's Day!

  5. Enjoy your Valentine's Day with your sweetheart!

  6. Enjoy your day with your sweetie!

  7. Happy Valentines Day! Have a fun day away.

  8. Awww, so sweet. :) Happy Valentine's Day to you, too. :)

  9. Enjoy your day with Bud. Happy Valentines Day to both of you.
    I enjoyed the birds.

  10. I wanted to also say I love your new blog page.

  11. Happy Valentine's day to your and your valentine.
    Beautiful pictures
    Madi and mom

  12. fabulous shots. Hope you two had a great Valentine's day

  13. Such Nice Picture..enjoyed them all...Happy Valentine day....Coffee is on.

  14. Nice pics Anni and enjoy your V-Day with Bud!!

  15. Hope you had a great day! I spent the day with hubby, too and it was very nice. Happy Valentine's Day to you!

  16. Hope you two had a wonderful day, Anni!
    Happy Valentine's Day!!!


  17. Very beautiful.
    Happy Valentines Day.

  18. Happy Belated Valentine's Day! ♥