I mentioned going to a couple of cemeteries to check for a particular Monk Parakeet; I was told through the birding grapevine that the parakeets were getting ready to nest. Walking the perimeter of the grounds, I found their spot. easily enough [they're very vocal]! Watching them, I took photos for my bird photo blog. I also took a few other photos of what was once a palm tree...and what is left of it from the damage done by woodpeckers!! The photo in this paragraph is one of the Golden Fronted Woodpeckers seen in abundance in and around South Texas. I'm sure the past generations of this species are the culprits of this damaged palm you see below!! And perhaps it's still of some use; who knows?!! There were some fresh wood chippings on the ground surrounding the tree's base, but no woodpeckers nearby...I could hear them calling, but from a far away distant area.
...Just a short distance from the parakeet condo and damaged palm, a Great Kiskadee was busy building or keeping vigil on its nesting area....another broken, battered palm tree. From the top there must be a cavity of some kind 'cause the kiskadee disappeared; dropping down into the tree's outer form. Plus, this particular tree, last year, was being used by Starlings for nesting and I saw starling fledglings peeking out from the holes along the outer 'walls' of the fibrous bark, obviously from previous woodpecker dwellers. I guess it is subleased by other qualified renters...or maybe the tree is property of some kind of bird world squatters' rights...
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Now, a bit of the Monk Parakeets. On the first day I went in search for them, the lighting for getting any good photos was nearly nil. When I got home and showed Bud the photos he said "Don't delete these even if they are dark and blurred...the photos show their character!" They are monogamous [one lifetime mate], the only bird in the parrot family that builds nests of tree limbs and up to 20 cavities, like apartments in a complex for several families, and the pre-mating ritual is grooming, loving---very sweet, These particular parakeets can live up to 20 years in the wild [30 in captivity]
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I did a little tweaking on my blog here...Instead of having my book report on my sidebar, taking up a lot of space, I decided to put the reviews on a blog for that purpose only. There is no guarantee that I'll keep it up to date, but I will work on it here and there to kinda get some of the best books I've read recently up and posted. As of now, I will add some of the books read in the past year or so, then go from there. The new blog is
My most recent book I'm reading is another non-fiction. Bud and I are interested in the subject; Jack the Ripper. While at Barnes and Nobel the other day, I went over to the True Crime section and found a book entitled The Autobiography of Jack the Ripper. I came home and ordered it from Amazon through a London used-book seller at a much cheaper price. It arrived a few days ago. This book, according to Ripperoligists [Jack the Ripper experts], was at first thought to be a hoax, but now with further investigation the experts believe that this diary found could possibly be the real thing!!..I am a bit skeptic 'cause there are SO MANY books on the subject and to this day investigating into the horrific crime of the 1880s continues. Some believable, some....not so much. I will read it, and then get back to you on it.
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