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It’s a bird…

It’s a plane.  No, it’s a helicopter.  Not a common site at Pine Island, but there was one out there all night on Monday night.  Hovering, it’s a little creepy the way it just sits there in the sky without moving.  But when it just dropped straight down like a yo yo it was even more creepy.  I had to get up to see if it crashed, but it was hovering at a lower altitude.  Then it went back up just as abruptly.  I heard a voice comment that it must be a military helicopter, I’ll take their word for it.  1016helicopterI’ve been going to Pine Island almost every night, I can’t seem to help myself.  The night before I had taken a pretty good picture of a bird, and I downloaded Merlin to help me identify it.  I belong to several photography groups, one on birds and one on wildlife, and I hate to ask them to identify a bird that is ridiculously common.  So I put my picture through Merlin and it told me it was a female boat tailed grackle, the same bird that I had taken a picture of when I was looking for eagles at the landfill.  In such a different setting it never crossed my mind that it might be the same bird. 1016femalegrackleSo I got to wondering about the male grackles, and that got me to notice the water spigots that are adjacent to the picnic tables.  One was dripping and I saw a bird take a drink.  I spent most of my time concentrating on the faucet after that.

While I was concentrating on the faucet I looked to check on the sunset and had this perspective, I thought it looked like a Florida Nativity Scene.1016flnativityIt was a pretty good evening, all things considered.1016sunset