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Old June 23rd, 2010, 10:33 PM
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Kiss of Life

'tis the season.

A juvenile downy woodpecker clings to the fence, as his mother gathers food at the suet cage.
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Beak full of suet, Mama Downy calls to Junior, encouraging him to come to her. His flight is still tentative, but he flutters over to the pole...

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...and finally even manages to cling (rather precariously ) to the corner of the platform feeder.

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Old June 23rd, 2010, 10:34 PM
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And that's when he receives the Kiss of Life.

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Old June 23rd, 2010, 10:38 PM
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A juvenile chipping sparrow watches its parent gathering food.

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A bit of begging...

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...and again, that Kiss of Life.

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Old June 23rd, 2010, 10:40 PM
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Time enough afterward to sit and appreciate the gift

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Old June 24th, 2010, 07:23 AM
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How very beautiful Hazel. This made my morning GRAND.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 07:33 AM
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Hazel,amazing pics,really touching and beautiful,thank you
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Old June 24th, 2010, 07:46 AM
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Those pics brought tears to my eyes, Hazel (happy warm tears). Just wonderful pics.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 08:17 AM
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Love the pictures.
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Old June 24th, 2010, 08:20 AM
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What patience Hazel ....I noticed the Rose Breasted Grosbeak giving you the eye
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Old June 24th, 2010, 09:38 PM
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I'm glad you all enjoyed the pics.

Chris, the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are all over this year...talk about Big Brother watching you! Can't turn around but there's one spying on ya from somewhere I have some pics of them that I'll try to get posted tonight in the TJTwitter...
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Old June 24th, 2010, 10:07 PM
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The Kiss of Life!

I just got goosebumps seeing and reading your captions Hazel.

When all the world's a spinning, there comes a time when we need to get off the merry-go-round and just embrace life itself.

Beautiful pictures and wonderful captions Hazel!
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Old June 24th, 2010, 10:52 PM
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Glad you enjoyed them, klm! I was hoping to get some pics of the baby bluebirds, too. They fledged sometime during the past couple of days--I didn't get divebombed by Ma and Pa Bluebird this morning so I checked the box and it was empty! But I never did find the little darlings. Ma and Pa must've taken them into the woods...
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Old June 24th, 2010, 11:59 PM
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Awww, those pics are very sweet .
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Old June 25th, 2010, 12:05 AM
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Don't ya just love the mohawk on the juvie chipping sparrow? Dang, he's cute!!!!
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Don't ya just love the mohawk on the juvie chipping sparrow? Dang, he's cute!!!!
Totally agree .
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Very cut hazel ..........Nice sharing .
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