Thursday, May 7, 2015

Crops & Clips: May, 2012 Meme Mashup

Looking back three years in anticipation of what may turn up again this month. My potpourri gathered from the archives features images that I hoped would match the themes of critters, fences, skies and reflections. It took me until May 25 to fill in all the blanks.

CRITTERS:

The month started off and finished with me in Illinois, where I captured this brightly colored eastern subspecies of Palm Warbler (Batavia, IL, May 1, 2012):

Palm Warbler 20120501

A Wild Turkey crossed the path in front of us (May 1, 2012, Batavia IL):

Wild Turkey 20120501

The next day a Savannah Sparrow posed atop a rock in our North Aurora, IL yard (which, sadly, has now been developed into acres of town-homes):


Savannah Sparrow 2-20120502

On May 3 a Rose-breasted Grosbeak brightened our morning (Batavia, IL):


Rose-breasted Grosbeak male 2-20120503

What is prettier than the sight of an American Goldfinch in morning light (North Aurora, IL)...

American Goldfinch 2-20120510

...unless it is the song of a Yellow Warbler? (May 11, Batavia IL)

Yellow Warbler 20120511

The month is not half over and I am overwhelmed with color-- a Scarlet Tanager (May 13, 2012, Batavia, IL).

Scarlet Tanager 2-20120513

Yet, I cannot pass up this image of two fledgling Great Horned Owls, in Geneva, IL on May 23, 2012


Great Horned Owlets 2-20120523
Linking to Misty's  CAMERA CRITTERS,

Linking to Eileen's SATURDAY'S CRITTERS,

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FENCE:

The first fence that showed up in this month's archives was occupied by a Chipping Sparrow in our daughter's back yard in Batavia, on May 9, 2012:

Chipping Sparrow 4-20120509

Linking to GOOD FENCES by Tex (Theresa). 

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SKYWATCH: 

I was hard-pressed to find a single "sky shot" in the May 2012 archives. In this shot the sky is partly obstructed by a Red-tailed hawk (Batavia, May 9, 2012)...

Red-tailed Hawk 20120509

...and in this, the cloudless sky complements the coat of an Indigo Bunting (Batavia, May 11, 2012):

Indigo Bunting 20120511


Linking to SKYWATCH FRIDAY by Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy

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REFLECTION:

A family of Mallards on the placid water of the Fox River, Aurora, Illinois, May 25, 2012:

Mallard with ducklings 20120525

Linking to WEEKEND REFLECTIONS by James

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Also:

Linking to BirdD'Pot by Anni

Linking to Wild Bird Wednesday by Stewart

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Please visit the links to all these memes to see some excellent photos on display

32 comments:

  1. Hello ken, what a gorgeous collection of birds and photos... Great post, enjoy your day!

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  2. your shares are always delightful. thanks for the archive dive!

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  3. Brilliant photos - I enjoyed these very much!!

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  4. Making the Good Fences blog run and I stopped by!
    Nice set of photos.

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  5. The array of birds and their varying colors here today is just wonderful. Such a delight to see all the different birds. I enjoyed your birds, skies, fences and reflections very much.

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  6. I always enjoy your posts...love that yellow warbler. I have only one time in my life in Tennessee seen a Scarlet Tanager.

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  7. All the birds in your photos are beautiful.

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  8. Spectacular....ALL of them!!!

    Nice to read about the warbling vireo in my comments too, today. Can't wait to see your photo share sometime soon?

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  9. Outstanding collection of images. I have always been a fan of birds of prey so the hawk is a great capture. Who could resist the owls. You will NEVER sneak up on an owl, they always know where you are. have a blessed week-end.

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  10. All beautiful photos I especially love the little warblers.

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  11. Another great series of shots. Love those owls!

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  12. A great collection of photos! I do like the yellow warbler shot. Enjoy your weekend!

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  13. Awesome shots, Ken. The little duckies are very cute!
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  14. I am so impressed with all your great shots! Good job covering "all the bases" too! :-)

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  15. These bird shots are fabulous! Love the 2 owls in particular!

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  16. You have captured such excellent shots of the birds. I especially like the goldfinch.

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  17. What a beautiful series of birds.. they are all so beautiful!

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  18. The grosbeak is especially beautiful. Love the ducklings reflection.

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  19. Cracking shots - the colours of some of those birds are really hard to believe!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  20. Good Morning, Ken. just stopping back to say thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy weekend!

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  21. Wow... you have taken some amazing pictures!!!! Beautiful. :)

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  22. Love the feathered family.... so adorable

    Mollyxxx

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  23. A very nice looking Savanah Sparrow.

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  24. I love all the birds, but the owlets are my favorites. They're just so adorable.

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  25. I was here earlier this week...had to return from the link you provided at I'd Rather B Birdin'...

    Still, a most enjoyable array of critters/birds Ken!!!!

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  26. Beautiful shots. Love the baby owls!

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  27. The grosbeak and the bunting are my favorite s ... But wait, the owls, and .... All of them wonderful. You have as many birds up North as you do here.

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  28. Hi Kenneth, the I Heart Macro linky is now open if you'd like to share some of your lovely birds up-close.

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  29. Amazing collection of bird images! The Palm Warbler stole my heart, though. :)

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  30. beautiful bird images especially the owl chicklets

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  31. These are fantastic bird photos! Oh my, what an abundance of color. The indigo bunting is fantastic - I wish we had birds like that here. I so enjoyed all "your" birds.

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