Welcome to our monthly celebration of nature. February 2017. Issue #110

 
A dark-eyed junco greets us this month with winter still in our minds.
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Each month we have a close up image for you to ponder. Have a study of this one and then check with the answer at the end of the newsletter.
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This months featured page has five photo tips for the backyard bird photogapher. Just click HERE
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Albertina Pianarosa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, sent in this image of a Pukeko, found in Rotorua while in New Zealand.
 
Marilyn Flanagan of Florida, spotted this Gt Blue heron on a dead tree and sent the image in.
 
Herman Veenendaal of St Mary’s, Ontario, sent us this image of a chestnut sided warbler.
 
Herman also sent us this nice image of an ovenbird.
 
Many thanks to Albertina, Marilyn and Herman for sharing these images with us all.

If you have a nature picture that you would like to share with us in this section please send it in to us at: thenatureinn@gmail.com

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Our wandering image takes us into the woods and a visit with a blacktailed deer.
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Here are some ideas:
#1 - "Fight, fight."
#2 - "Get off, get off, that hurts."
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A grasshopper hops into a bar and the bartender says, "You're quite a celebrity around here. We've even got a drink named after you." The grasshopper replies, " You've got a drink named Steve?"
"Strange that they never asked if they could use my name."
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Our Monthly selections.
Our selections this month includes a new addition, a fungi.
 
The insect is a well liked one, a Lady bird, Anatis Rathvoni.
 
Our monthly bird is the Snow goose.
 
The flower is the Black knotweed, Polygonum paronychia.
 
The first fungi is, Tremella foliacea fungi.
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A LITTLE REMINDER .

A good idea, especially in the nesting season, is to save a few chicken eggshells to put out for the birds. They break up easily if dried. You can do it in the oven or microwave. Rinse the broken shells then dry in an oven or microwave. Put them on a plate or paper towel in the microwave on high for about 1.5 to 3 minutes. Then break into small pieces, just crunch them up, a rolling pin works great. .Mix finely crushed eggshells with seeds and grains normally put in a bird feeder.

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A HUMOROUS SHOW
We will feature a humorous show as a new addition to the newsletter. The first is called, A Day in the Life of Birds
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Pacific Golden Plover, Pluvialis fulva.
Did you know that research shows that the Pacific Golden Plover, Pluvialis fulva, makes the 4800 km nonstop flight between Alaska and Hawaii in three to four days.
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The official bird emblem for San Francisco, California, is the California Quail, Callipepla californica. It was selected in 1931.
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The answer to the mystery image this month is the Ten lined June beetle, Polyphylla decemlineata.
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Thank you for joining us this month! We hope you enjoyed this issue of Whispers. We invite your comments and ideas - just drop us an e-mail at: thenatureinn@gmail.com