Red-Bellied Woodpecker…

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Not to be confused with the Red-Headed Woodpecker, whose head is completely red. This bird is identified as a male since the red swath extends clear to his bill. I like the zebra striping. I spotted this bird in the Double Creek area of Oologah Lake.

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Yaupon Holly…

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I’m thinking I may clip a few boughs of this for decking the halls this Christmas season. These nice looking berries are an important food source for some types of birds in the winter. The leaves have a lot of caffeine  and Native Americans used the leaves and stems to brew a tea, commonly thought to be called asi or black drink for male-only purification and unity rituals (the ceremony included vomiting). I probably won’t be brewing any tea from it, but it is pleasant to look at through the winter months.

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)…

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This bluebird is a common small thrush found in wooded areas around here. It is the state bird of Missouri and New York. Mainly an insect eater, but will take fruits and seeds when bugs are scarce. This one is a male, as the female is a little more drab.

Bald Cypress…

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Leaves are finally turning a ruddy orange, and the seeds are about ready to drop.

Unharvested Milo…

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Also known as Sorghum. These plants are used for grain, fibre and fodder, as well as ethanol production. First domesticated in early biblical times.

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)…

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A very sociable bird. It’s interesting to see them perform their ‘broken wing’ act to lure predators away from their nest. While considered a shore bird, they are often found far away from water in fields and meadows.

Entry No. 1 in the Chili Cook-Off…

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