Avian Avalanche

Hey It’s Jet Here.

When Mom grew up in Northern New Jersey, the birds that most commonly crossed her path had names like: sparrows, blue jays, cardinals, orioles and robins.  Cute specimens with brown, blue, red, black and gold, brown and red feathers, these birds measured about one to two adult female fists side by side.

Flip the calendar a couple decades and Mom finds herself living in the tropics.  She becomes more mindful of her neighborhood species first as a result of taking baby Rachel around in her stroller, then while walking Koko, (may she be frolicking over the Rainbow Bridge), then Koko and me, then me, and now JJ and me.

As Mom named some of our local avian varieties aloud this morning, she noted that wingspans ranges from cute to mini-pterodactyl!  Here goes:

The morning whisper-quiet whir of the ibis fly-by and lawn landing.

The cacophony of squawking/chirping green parrots at sunset.

A solitary great blue heron taking flight.

The vibrant macaw high in the sky.  (We are pleased and relieved to share that after quite some time of only seeing one (they mate for life), we’ve seen our couple reunited this week.)

The repetitive pecking from the red headed woodpecker on our telephone poles.

The circling turkey vultures, notifying us that a creature has crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Chatty crows flying in large flocks, then settling on yards to feast.

Evidence of golden eagles via their huge nests resting on telephone poles.

Screech owls justifying their name with their calls.

And of course, our arrogant uh, I mean handsome peacock, who Miss Mary Ann named Winchester, after the character from the TV show M*A*S*H.

Another great, bird watching, day.

Thanks to Life With DogsConfessions of the Plume and Two Little Cavaliers for hosting the Saturday Blog Hop.

31 thoughts on “Avian Avalanche

    • Hey Boks, Jet here. Hi Miss Susan.

      Mom asked me to share that our parrot population resulted from a local attraction, Parrot Jungle, which over 40 years, had escapees here and there who have now populated S. Florida!

  1. Very cool! One of my favorite things to do when we go traveling is bird-watch. We have quite a few of the birds in your pictures here but oh, I would love to live closer to the ocean to enjoy all the shore birds you have!

    • Hey Bella, Jet here. Hi Miss Leslie.

      Really? What birds do you watch? Do you chase them? Do you retrieve them?

      Mom said there are more birds to see in this great place near us called the Everglades! :)

  2. Hi sweet Jetty – love this post – great pics – love the owl! i;ve never seen an owl in the wild even in New England. My favorite Fl birds are wood storks – I find them amazing! I hope you had a fun day – little Rex had an upset tummy, came home from work and made him some white rice – sweet little guy!

    sending goodnight tweets (in honor of all the great birds!) to you, JJ, Mom, Rachel , and Pluffy xoxoxox

    • Hey it’s Jet here. Hi Miss Wendy.

      Oh no… please give Rex extra Jetty kisses and JJ hugs… hope the rice makes his tummy feel better. :)

      So glad you enjoyed the post, Mom searched for those pics for a long while this morning!

      Sending goodnight tweets for a more peaceful evening, I’ve been afraid to go out since 2 p.m. :(

      xoxoxo to you, Mr. David, Jacob, Cassie, Rex and Barkley xoxoxoxoxo

  3. hey Jett,

    Great post! All the birds are so gorgeous and unique! Love the Blue Heron! And the Peacock is pretty pawsome! I live in the middle of the US and I have seen many of the birds you profiled. Someone had a peacock ranch near me a few years ago and every once in a while a peacock would escape and wonder around in my back yard. Very cool! Right now I have a turkey family living in my back yard and in the early morning the parents and three kids are walking around eating. Fun!

    Thanks for sharing the spectacular creatures in your neck of the woods!

    Suka

    • Hey Suka, Jet here.

      Well thank you so much. Oh Suka, that heron is a big one alright!

      Turkey? We like turkey, BOL!!! Peacock ranch, who knew!!! Did your visiting peacock have an attitude like our Winchester???

      Most welcome, glad you liked it. :)

    • Hey Twiggy, Hey Onyx, Jet here.

      Yes, keeps us quite distracted according to Mom! Mom looks too, so, I guess it’s ok… BOL…

      Really? Does Twiggy catch them? Since we’re mostly on leash (like 95% of the time) we cannot chase very often. :(

  4. Hi Jetty,,,,Nice to hear from you ! Thanks for the bird lesson. We have the normal types in my area,,,but Joke Daddy says that the last couple years, he’s been noticing more and more colorful birds flying by in flashes,,,bright greens ,,,yellows,,,I guess they’re either escapees or were released to be wild. Have a great week-end !

    • Hey Joke Puppy, Jet here. Hi Joke Daddy!

      Most welcome, nice to hear from you as well!

      Do you have a place avians can escape from too? Mom took us out early, so, we started our day comfy and rested. (morning nap!)

  5. I’s just had to show dis to my Daddy,he loves birds..Feffer type and well probably the uffer type too’s bol…Wez are like yoz ,use to be..Sparrows, robins, starlins.. Those birds are just wonderful..
    Have a great weekend
    Hugs Mollie xx

    • Hey Mollie, Hey Alfie, Jet here.

      Really? Super! Do you like to chase the avians?

      Have a great weekend, too… we’re snoozing right now. BOL! Have to rest up for the Olympic BBall Men’s finals… (Mom LOVES hoops!) and closing ceremonies… :)

    • Hey Dalton, Jet here.

      Mom and Miss Mary Ann were deeply relieved to see the Macaw pair flying together again. Before Hurricane Wilma, Mom had a loquat tree that she found the macaws in one day feasting… a few of the neighbors rushed down to admire the birds up close and personal! She lost the tree in that Hurricane…

  6. Mom and Dad are HUGE bird fans! They feed them off our back deck…they have like a kajillion feeder stations, even for hummers. And they love looking for and watching raptor birds. You photos are wonderful. We don’t have some of those birds here. paw pats, Savvy

    • Hey Savvy, Big Guy here. Hi Miss Linda.

      Really? Mom loves hummers too! What kind of birds do you guys have? Do you ever want to “meet” the avians??? Do Mom and Dad use those binocular thingies?

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