Thursday, March 7, 2024

Crops & Clips: Flashback to March, 2021

As I do on the first Thursday of each month, I enjoy looking back over my archived photos, taken three years previously, in March, 2021, to remember how things were then as contrasted with events this year at our new home in Connecticut. As usual, I searched for images which reflected favorite memes: critters of all kinds (especially birds), skies and clouds, reflections, flowers and scenes which speak for themselves. We spent the entire month at home in Florida. I processed 625 photos.

Our local Bald Eagles captured much attention. Based upon behavior of the female, ground observers had agreed that the first egg had been deposited on February 1, and concluded that it hatched between March 3 and 7. "Joy" was certainly active away from the nest on March 7:

Portrait of Joy:

Merlins often share their winter territories with Bald Eagles. These small falcons  will soon be migrating off to northern breeding areas:

On March 10, a  Green Heron was incubating on one of the few nests in the remnants of the rookery: 

Ten days later, the heron's chicks were ready to explore nearby branches:

Another nest contained three smaller chicks: 

Two of the chicks were particularly aggressive in demanding to be fed:

A local neighborhood is very proud and protective of their resident Burrowing Owls.  The local Audubon Society provided an educational program and I led a walk for the public along their breeding colony: 

A pair of Pileated Woodpeckers were raising their family in hole which was out of view:

An assortment of images during a very productive month...

Male Black-and-White Warbler:

Carolina Wren:

Blue-winged Teal flyover:

Banded Garden Spider: 

Wild Magnolia:

Pine Bank before sunrise, March 15:

This was the first time in years that I missed posting my weekly blog, lapsing two weeks. Blame it on a spell of illness and hospitalization. Feeling better and will try to pick up the pace. 

This week's header: Blue-winged Teal

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Linking to:

Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday)

Wild Bird Wednesday

My Corner of the World

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


  1. Hello Ken, first of all thank you for your comment on my blog and the link to Nature Thursday. I'm sorry to read that you were in the hospital. And I hope things get better again. In any case, you have a wealth of wonderful photos that you can show even if nothing current is available. All the best - Elke

  2. As great as your Connecticut photos are I love your previous home's photos. I love green herons but I only get brief glimpses of them. And not much beats bald eagles which we are now seeing flying and fishing over and in the Arkansas River as it flows through town.

  3. Magnificent photo series of nature's gems ~ dynamic and very professional ~ thanks,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  4. Your home in Florida was in the perfect location for a fantastic view. Love your photos

  5. Love the eagle. I hope you are feeling better this week.

  6. Wonderful photos. I like your capture of the Merlin in flight!

  7. Kenneth, you had a great month for bird photos. The Heron chicks are particularly great looking. You also photographed some rare birds like the Black and White Warbler.

  8. Marvelous captures and the portrait particularly was magnificent!

  9. How wonderful to have a deep cache of photographs to look back on and share.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  10. So good to read that you're on your way up! wonderful impressions for your come-back.

  11. I'm sorry to hear you've had to spend time in the hospital. I hope you feel better this week and can relax at home. I love your photos and still haven't seen the little burrowing owls! Very cute indeed!

  12. Hello Ken, I miss a new post from you. I hope You are fine.
    Kind regards - Elke from Nature Thursday

  13. Another outstanding collection of photographs, Ken!

    Very nice job capturing the fast-moving Merlin. Love all those baby pics.

    Don't worry about maintaining any sort of blogging schedule. Just do what you need to in order to feel better. We'll wait right here.

  14. Hello Ken,
    I hope you are feeling better, on the road to recovery. I just stopped by to see how you are doing. I enjoyed your photos, each one is a lovely and a favorite. Take care, sending well wishes and healing prayers.

  15. I'm stopping by to tell you that we miss you at the critters party today. I hope you are doing better and resting more. Take care my friend, Diane


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