Janine's Blog

Birds, Monterey Aquarium

Dec 11, 2014 by Janine |
Chilly weather in South Florida this week. Lots of birdies around.

Great Horned owl at Riverbend

Big talons

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Halfway through the California shots now, over a month later :)


Nov 28, 2014 by Janine |
Shots from visit to Monterey, CA earlier this month

I watched the cormorants and otters right from the hotel balcony

Harbor seals

Unfortunately the seals and sea lions often get tangled up in nets and ropes, which end up stuck around their necks. The local marine mammal rescue had been called out for this seal as well as a sea lion on the pier that same day!

Scrub Jay

Anna's Hummingbird


Townsend's Warbler

Black Turnstone

Just up the street from the hotel, I had fun watching these sea lions swimming and lounging.

More CA photos to follow soon!

Air Show and other flying creatures

Nov 19, 2014 by Janine |
Shots from the Stuart Air Show earlier this month

Red-shouldered hawk relaxing

Painted Buntings

Hummingbirds look weird from the front

Bird vs bee

The rabbit does not approve

Brown Thrasher

Birds, Metal and Montreal

Nov 09, 2014 by Janine |
Lots of female cardinals around this year

Several hummingbirds visit too

Eating gnats

Painted buntings are the stars of the show

Ended October with some good music and a trip to Montreal


Amon Amarth

Fall foliage on the way up north

Walking around Montreal

Notre Dame Basilica

Enjoyed some metal on my last night in the city!



I've got two weeks of photo backlog to sort through, so more adventures coming soon!


Oct 19, 2014 by Janine |
Lots of bird activity this week!

Several different hummingbirds visiting


Hummingbird impostors

Fall migrants are still passing through

White-eyed vireo

Rose breasted grosbeak, a new one for the yard

Another unusual sighting, yellow billed cuckoo

Blue-gray gnatcatcher

Some of the usual visitors

And of course, the painted buntings!

Painted Buntings!!!

Oct 09, 2014 by Janine |
The painted buntings arrived this past weekend.

We are hummingbirds.

Young male.

Brown Thrasher

I was in Colorado last week and did a quick hike at Red Rocks.

Mule Deer

House Finch

Canyon wren

It was so nice to come home from Colorado to find painted buntings!

More Hummingbirds

Sep 28, 2014 by Janine |
I have at least one male and one female hummingbird visiting now.

Carolina wren

Midweek metal show. Metsatoll and Tyr.

Lots of cardinals about too.

I couldn't decide which one of the male Cardinal I liked best, the silly one, the angry one, or the contented one. So I've posted all three!

September Sun

Sep 20, 2014 by Janine |
Bluejay enjoying a sunny afternoon

Bluebirds at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

Fall migration is well underway. Lots of visitors to the garden. First hummingbird of the season arrived yesterday! A beautiful male ruby throat.

It rained all day yesterday and most of today, but he did not seem to mind.


Great-crested flycatcher still visits

Giant swallowtail

Just waiting for the painted buntings now!

Counting the days till Autumn

Sep 01, 2014 by Janine |
Perhaps it is just wishful thinking, but I think I am starting to see signs of autumn around here. The early painted bunting a few weeks ago was a good sign!

A few more recent visitors, a northern flicker and great-crested flycatcher

Some of the cypress trees are beginning to take on a golden hue

Prescribed burns at Jonathan Dickinson state park

Basking skink

A new one for me, the big-claw river prawn, Macrobrachium carcinus.

Not the best photograph, but it was hiding under a rock ledge in a murky stream. At first I thought it was a really big crayfish! I estimated it to be around 15" from claw to tail.

According to Wikipedia, "Macrobrachium carcinus is a species of freshwater shrimp native to the Americas.It is the largest known species of Neotropical freshwater prawn, growing up to 30 centimetres (12 in) long and weighing as much as 850 grams (30 oz), although even larger specimens have been reported".

Bainbridge Island, Early Migrants

Aug 16, 2014 by Janine |
Escaped the heat and craziness for a few days in the Pacific Northwest.

Bainbridge Island

Mt. Rainier

Lots of Wildlife

Banana Slugs!

Views from the Ferry


Port Townsend

Harlequin Ducks

Horned Grebes

At home, a male painted bunting stopped by for a visit. He only stayed one day so my guess is that he was on his way south. Hope to see more of them soon!

An oddly colored grackle

Ground doves visit occasionally.

Looking forward to the return of the hummingbirds and other winter birds! Looking forward to winter in general! :)