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Saturday, December 29, 2012

When I was at my Niece's house (Marty), on Christmas Day, I noticed a bird hanging around the yard. Marty says it is in the yard all year. As I got closer to the bird I saw it was a Black Phoebe. The Phoebe's are fun birds to watch. They are part of the Flycatcher family. I was shooting at a distance, plus it was a bit overcast, so the pictures are not super clear, but ok. The Black Phoebe's build a nest just like the Swallows have. I found that interesting.

My 2nd oldest Sister, and Marty's Mom.


I love this decoration piece my Niece had on her table. The bowl is setting inside a wreath, and the gifts in the background were an extra touch.

I loved the candles on her mantel.

I was walking around her backyard, and I noticed a pretty hibiscus in bloom.

Now I am jealous. My Niece lives near San Diego. They are warmer in the winter then where we are, so they have Bougainvillea year round. One of my favorite plants, but they die here due to our freezing temps. in the winter.

My Great-Niece adopted a Pitt Bull about 2 yrs ago, and always brings Sydney to the family functions. Someone found Sydney roaming the streets, and her ears had been cropped off. Poor baby, but she loves people. She has the prettiest eyes.

The sky about 4:30

The next day DH and I drove out to Leona Valley. We spotted a Red Shoulder Hawk.

And a flock of Robins. They were either in the trees, or flying around.


White Crowned Sparrow

Lark Sparrows were hopping about as well.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JAMER123 12/30/2012 10:21PM

    Lovely pictures yet again! We have the Bougainvillea in the Valley and I love them as well. They grow so rapidly and bloom all the time. What a cute dog as well. Appears to be a very good tempered dog. My nephew has 3 and they are really good dogs too.
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TXGRANDMA 12/30/2012 8:51PM

    Sydney, the Pitt Bull, is beautiful! What a pretty girl, and lucky too! Loved the hibiscus photo, what a pretty color it is! Again, thanks for sharing your photos, and also enjoyed seeing the pictures of the Christmas decorations! emoticon emoticon

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EFFIEANNIE 12/30/2012 5:38PM

    I also wish I could have hibiscus blooming in my snow covered garden! Lovely photos. Love the dog. So glad she saved her.

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RACEWELLWON 12/30/2012 1:09PM

    Oh nice rescue !! Poor baby , those people that hurt animals make me angry , Glad to see he is in a good home ! Wonderful picture of your family. DD is stunning ! I love how you snap the photos of the birds , you have such a talent. Trust I am jealous of both of you right now having blooms - my garlic is popping out for spring emoticon

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MARLINDA5 12/30/2012 11:55AM

    Very nice pictures - thank you for sharing :) emoticon

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DANABIRD1 12/30/2012 11:54AM

    Green-eyed monster returns.

I would love to see a Black Phoebe. Great shots. Lark Sparrow is cool.

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MARTHA-ANN 12/30/2012 5:32AM

    I'm pleased you had a good Christmas, it's lovely to see your family.

The little phoebe looks like our wagtail, they bob up and down as they walk. Your robins are so different to ours too!

Sydney looks a beautiful dog, it's lovely she's found such a loving family. It's so sad what people can do to animals, I hate cruelty!

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TCANNO 12/30/2012 5:18AM

    It is nice to see your family and they look great.

So many different birds make me jealous of where you live as I could have so much fun with my camera.

Today is the first time we have seen any sun for near a week so if it stays like it I will get my camera clicking away.

Have a good weekend

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IRISHMUM3 12/30/2012 2:31AM

    Our hibiscus and plumerias just stopped blooming. We are spoiled down here! So glad you had a couple very nice days. :)

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SUSIEPH1 12/30/2012 12:50AM

    Loved your photos Jeanne .. and I love that pheobe belongs to your family .. What horrors that poor dog must have gone through when her ears where cut off.
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EVWINGS 12/29/2012 11:59PM

    As always, i love your photos!!!

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MOCHA2470 12/29/2012 11:50PM

    Thanks for sharing the pics!

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0309COOKIE 12/29/2012 11:24PM

    Beautiful birds, flowers, decorations, family members and a pup. Thanks for sharing.

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JACKIE542 12/29/2012 11:23PM

    I saw Robins here and at the park, I think they are passing through, I love their sound. I think you know how jealous I am that you got so close to the Phoebe, yes that is the bird that I have been trying to get a picture of. You lucky!! emoticon

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HELEN_BRU 12/29/2012 11:14PM

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

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WANDAC2013 12/29/2012 11:01PM

    I love birds and pitbulls! Thanks for sharing! Happy New Year!!!

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PJBONARRIGO 12/29/2012 11:00PM

    What beautiful pictures! emoticon

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