Janine's Blog

Local Sightings

Apr 18, 2014 by Janine |
A female hummingbird is still visiting. I hadn't seen any hummingbirds for a couple of days and thought they were gone for the season. But then this little gem showed up.

I think I went overboard with the photos!

Many attitudes.

A recent visit to Riverbend was productive. This Pileated woodpecker didn't mind me snapping a few photos.

Turkey strutting his stuff

A nest of baby red shouldered hawks. I am looking forward to when our local babies fledge and start visiting our garden.

Sleepy barred owl.

Didn't see any young barred owls this time. Maybe next trip!

Springtime, Vacation pics

Apr 06, 2014 by Janine |
Spring feels like summer this weekend with temperatures in the high 80's. Good for the beach!

One of the resident box turtles.

Lots of insects.

Haven't seen a hummingbird for a couple of days so I suspect that they have gone north. Painted buntings are still here though.

I was in Charlotte for work last week. The trees were covered in blossoms.

Over a month later, here are the first of the vacation pics. Butterfly world in Coconut Creek.

I loved this little guy against the bright orange flower. Can not decide which shot I like best, so I'll just post them all!

The violet-ear was spectacular, as usual.

One of my favorite shots of the day.

More to come!

Travels, Hummingbirds

Mar 28, 2014 by Janine |
Just got back from Canada. I was lucky enough to see what they hope was their last snow of the season! It was pretty chilly.


Field Work

After that, I was on the US side of Niagara falls and found a nice place to pull over for some phone calls. The gorge was beautiful. And because it was warming up, chunks of ice would crash down every so often.

This squirrel kept harassing me though, he would scratch scratch scratch on the car while I was on the phone! Luckily he moved on eventually.

Last week I was back in New Orleans for an industry seminar. It was great to see the city in full swing!

I spent a morning exploring the Garden District.

Tour of Lafayette Cemetery #1

This symbol was particularly meaningful for me. Time has certainly been flying by lately. It was a reminder to make time to enjoy the moment.

We've also had a few different hummingbirds stop by. Most recently, a young male I named Mr. Scruffbag because of all his pinfeathers. They really like the flowers of the Coral Bean.

Another interesting visitor, an immature male Indigo Bunting.

I'm slowly going through the vacation pics, will get those up here soon!

Hummingbird Video

Mar 15, 2014 by Janine |
Just got back from vacation and I've got tons of photos to go through! But first the latest on the hummingbird. Decided to try and get some closer shots with a gopro type camera.

Here's the setup:

Here's the video:

More to come soon!

Three Hummingbirds!

Feb 22, 2014 by Janine |
I've got two males and a female visiting the garden now.

The female doesn't use the feeder but both males do. The males used to spend all day fighting but now they seem to tolerate each other.

The rabbits visit every evening, just before dark. They come right up to the window and munch on my wildflowers.

Flocks of robins gather in the garden in the evenings as well. I think they are fattening up for their trip north.

Birds are on the move all over. Whistling duck flyover at Riverbend:

Here's a video of the three males on the feeder:

There are also two pairs of cardinals . They seem to have divided up the territory; one pair lives in the front yard and one in the back. It would be nice if they both nested nearby, but they fight over the bird feeders. Once the hummingbirds leave for the summer I will put another feeder out front for them.

It's been warm again this week. Looking forward to seeing more snakes! Might go check out some of my favorite snakey places soon.

Hummingbird, Nawlins, Metal

Feb 03, 2014 by Janine |
It has been an eventful week. First, I finally got some photos of the hummingbird visiting the feeder.

And video!

The painted bunting was drinking water out of the "ant moat." Guess he is telling me that he wants another birdbath!

The alpha anole

Next, I was in New Orleans for Winter Storm Leon. These shots were taken before the city was shut down.

Finally, I saw a couple of metal shows in Ft. Lauderdale.


Amon Amarth

Atrocity/Leaves Eyes


It has been in the 80's in FL since I got back. Hopefully we will have just a little bit more cool weather before the summer begins!

Nevada Trip

Jan 25, 2014 by Janine |
Went to Nevada for work last week and had my first experience of Las Vegas. And the Mojave Desert. Of the two, I think I prefer the desert!

Got to watch the Thunderbirds practicing for an airshow

One of the casino hotels had an aquarium inside, so that was a nice escape from the craziness of "the strip."

Last weekend we had some chilly weather in FL. Riverbend was hopping with birds!

Misty morning

Downy Woodpecker

Lots of red-shouldered hawks


This little blue heron was a great poser. I couldn't decide which shot I liked best.

The mischievous racoons again

Turtle Release

Jan 14, 2014 by Janine |
Today I was able to attend the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle at the Loggerhead Marine Life Center. I'm usually out of town when these events take place so I was very happy to be there to see "Atwell" return home.

Getting ready to go

The procession down the beach

The final stretch

Home at last

I've also been vising Riverbend when I can. The weather has been pretty weird lately. No polar vortex to worry about, but we have had some unseasonably heavy rains this past week.

Stormy skies


Lots of birds


I was planting some flowers in the front yard and disturbed this narrow-mouthed toad. He was grumpy but I put him in a safe spot to sleep for the rest of the day.

I saw a hummingbird one morning, but no use of the feeder that I have seen. Lots of painted buntings still here!

Happy New Year 2014!

Jan 01, 2014 by Janine |
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year! May 2014 bring you health, happiness, prosperity, and beautiful birds!

We are celebrating the occasion with Painted Buntings.

Click videos to play:

Many people have been asking why my new bird feeder looks like a robot.
I use the Heritage Farms Squirrel-proof feeders because these are the only ones that I have found to be actually squirrel proof. They might not be the cutest feeders, but they do the job!
The reason for the new, more robotic look is that the view of the new feeder is from the side, because it is double sided. The old one only had one perch, so it faced front. The old one is still in use and has lasted well after 5 years in the elements.

Still waiting for hummingbirds!


Dec 31, 2013 by Janine |
Visited the park last week for Christmas. The birding wasn't spectacular, but because of the warm and rainy "winter" we are having, there were lots of reptiles about.

Gator at Eco Pond. The site was flooded with salt water and muck during Hurricane Wilma in 2005 and has taken many years to recover. It was encouraging to see the gator (since they prefer fresh water to salt), plus lots of fish and birds.

The American Crocodiles were hanging around Flamingo marina, as usual.

Largemouth bass pairing off

A peaceful end to the day

That night on our drive back, we found a new snake. All I could see was a reddish tail disappearing into the grass, so we got out to have a closer look.

When we first got the flashlight on the head I thought it was a Rainbow Snake. This would have been an amazing discovery because the southern Florida rainbow snake, Farancia erytrogramma seminola, is extremely rare and has only been seen a handful of times. It didn't have the lengthwise stripes for a rainbow snake though, so we were puzzled. Upon closer inspection of these really bad photographs, it looks like an Eastern Mud Snake, Farancia abacura abacura. Still an exciting find!