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Today is another warm and sunny day. I know that at home, it is snowing AGAIN and that there has been snow on the ground for 58 days. We may be breaking records this year.

Last night, the 4 of us ate at a Red Lobster and then went to see Tim Conway, of the old Carol Burnett show, at the Sunrise Theatre in Ft. Pierce. It was once a movie theatre and like a lot of the old movie palaces, is now a playhouse.

Tim was very funny; I enjoyed the show a great deal

And who should we run into on the way out but the couple from Port St. Lucie whom we're going to visit later in the week. It is a small world afterall. (Cue up the Disney soundtrack).

My hubby is out digging sand fleas with his brother (don't ask) and I am going to make our reservations here for next year. Florida parks are becoming so crowded that one has to reserve a year ahead of time these days.

In spite of the ongoing drought (and the impending wild fires looming for the driest month of March), there is still a nice variety of birds here. Here's some of the local ones.....
the Green Heron
the Mottled Duck
Mottled Ducks on parade
The Marsh Hen
the Little White Heron in flight
the Black Vulture
the Shrike; he catches insects and impales them on thorns to attract his mate
the Sandhill Cranes; they are mating now
Herons and Cranes have such unusual heads, with that sound hole in their bills

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Tim conway was always a fav of mine. Glad yall got to see him!

Hugs, Hare

He was a lot of fun; had a question and answer session with the audience after the comedy was done.

The birds in the States and Europe have some fascinating similarities and differences. Take your shrike. So like our great grey shrike. One of my favourite groups of birds. Do you have many species? Are they declining? Some of ours are really suffering.

And then you have grackles which are quite different to anything I have seen over here. Great stuff!

Interested in the yellow flowers in the water, under the little white heron. A type of bladderwort perhaps?

Most of our birds are doing well; the ones who are endangered or declining are the ones like the Florida Scrub Jay and some species of Owls in the Mid-west and North west whose habitats are being encroached upon by development.

I think more animals and reptiles are endangered that the birds. Most of the birds can live in a wider choice of areas; just a few a really confined to one smaller area to thrive in.

Right now,this park has a lot of migrating cardinals and robins. The grackles are very abundant everywhere in the East; they are mating now.

For a number of years, we had a decline in Jays, but they seem to have made a comeback. Setting aside some areas for non-development makes a great difference.

Before development, we managed to exterminate bird species by killing them; now we do it by removing their habitats. Sad.

Our shrikes are in trouble as there are fewer large insects around for them to feed on, and those that migrate to Africa may be facing problems in their wintering habitat. Our red-backed shike declined to extinction in the 1990's, though one pair returned to breed successfully last year - would be good if they could make a come-back. http://www.birdsofbritain.co.uk/img.asp?i=photos/best-redbackedshrike.jpg

The main one we have now is the great grey, in winter time. http://www.arkive.org/great-grey-shrike/lanius-excubitor/image-G58072.html

It's alarming to see the decline in the wildlife; probably in most cases, it's because of humans. Once extinct, gone forever.

Most of the time though B is working on an extinct bumblebee that was exported to New Zealand 110 years ago, so the only British bees are out there. They have been trying to reintroduce them

Great! There has been a worrisome decline in bees in this country; seems to be a virus of some sort. Without the bees, our crops would be in trouble.

I still think that the Earth is tired of us and is trying to shake us off. ^_~

In the UK the problem with bumblebees has been loss of extensive areas of clover-rich pasture. They need this throughout the summer. In the past fields were small, and when one was cut for hay the bees foraged elsewhere. Now the fields are larger, crops frequently unsuitable, and there are far fewer weeds (wild flowers) so the bees have died out as a result. We have been getting farmers to plant plots of clover in field margins, just for bees, and a number of rare species have increased in numbers, which is why we can bring the extinct one back.

Thanks; I wondered what happened. We don't have the Red-Backed, but the Grey Shrike looks just like ours.

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