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Old Apr 8, 2010, 6:50 AM   #1
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Default Sunrise, some Spring birds, and more

Yesterday's sunrise was lovely & bright, and I was blessed to be able to be out on the trail most of the morning.
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Old Apr 8, 2010, 6:52 AM   #2
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There were two Osprey at our park lake, too shy for a good photo, but some nice snapshots of them passing by the sunrise...
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Crowds of Cormorants heading for the lake, and several hanging out in the nearby trees too...
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Here's a new arrival. We usually see Eastern Kingbirds returning to our area by the 2nd week of April - guess this one is just a few days ahead of schedule.
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Wood Ducks also returned to our area recently, and are already pairing up. They're much too shy for this impatient person, but this pair let me get close enough for a quick snapshot anyway...
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And some more wildflowers have just come into bloom. The white ones are Wood Anemone (a different species from the Rue Anemone I posted before). Those white "petals" are actually sepals. Like most flowers in the buttercup family, Wood Anemones have no true petals, just colored sepals!
The yellowish ones are called Blue Cohosh - a large plant with tiny flowers that make blue, inedible (for humans) berries.
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Looking forward to a good rainy day today - should bring even more new spring life to East Tennessee!

Thanks for any comments, suggestions, critique!
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Excellent job Mole!
I haven't yet gotten close enough to either the Cormorant or the wood ducks to get any good shots but, I'm still determined.
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Lovely.

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Old Apr 9, 2010, 6:35 AM   #10
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GW - Thanks! Knowing your photo (and stalking) talent, I'm sure you'll get them soon.

Patty - Thanks so much!
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