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A Moment in Nature Pileated Woodpecker

Week #5 observing and recording a video of a wild pair of Pileated Woodpecker who choose to nest in a pole on Flamingo Gardens Wildlife Sanctuary property.

The European Starling nest is not vacant as two of the fledges are learning to forage for food for themselves from a lower cavity their parents have left. And the honey bees are a rich source located in a cavity between theirs and the Pileated Woodpeckers cavity at the top of the pole.

A Moment in Nature Red-winged Blackbird

We are all in this together, by ourselves. Lily Tomlin

A Moment in Nature Burrowing Owl

Should I take the Talon Crunch as a sign of aggression?

Listing Status
Federal Status: Not Listed
FL Status: State-designated Threatened
FNAI Ranks: G4T3/S3 (Globally: Apparently Secure, Sub sp. Rare/ State: Rare)
IUCN Status: LC (Least Concern)

Burrowing owls are different than other owls as they are active during the day time (diurnal) rather than at night (nocturnal) during breeding season. During the non-breeding season, they become more nocturnal.

For more information visit this site Burrowing Owl | FWC (myfwc.com)

A Moment in Nature Yellow-throated Warbler

Climate change, demographics, water, food, energy, global health, women's empowerment - these issues are all intertwined. We cannot look at one strand in isolation. Instead, we must examine how these strands are woven together.
 Ban Ki-moon

A Moment in Nature Sanderling

“Hope” is the thing with feathers - (314)
 “Hope” is the thing with feathers -
 That perches in the soul -
 And sings the tune without the words -
 And never stops - at all -
 And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -
 And sore must be the storm -
 That could abash the little Bird
 That kept so many warm -
 I’ve heard it in the chillest land -
 And on the strangest Sea -
 Yet - never - in Extremity,
 It asked a crumb - of me.

A Moment in Nature Monk Parakeet

People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom? Thich Nhat Hanh

A Moment in Nature Pileated Woodpecker

Week #3 The Juvenile Starling fledged and the bees appear to have made a nest in one of the cavities this Pileated Woodpecker will eat the bees.

A Moment in Nature Pileated Woodpecker

Tap to your own rhythm, peck away at obstacles, carve out a place for yourself, make your voice heard, it is ok to be flashy, be colorful, use your head.

A Moment in Nature Pileated Woodpecker

Getting There
by Shirley Kaufman

We go. Simply because 
it's there for us to go to. Walk
on the surface, having to raise dust.
Where we never were. And say
We did it. Finding excuses.

We need to own them.
Crusts of other worlds. Carrying
flags and chocolates. Comforts of home.

Whatever density we pass through,
pulsing and odd, we stake 
our claim to leaving
our garbage, giving names

In our own language. 
Nothing can stop us now 


A Moment in Nature Great Blue Heron

When herons appear in our lives, they can indicate we are coming to a gentle transition in our own lives, the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. As the card of the Close shows us, there is no death, it is simply cycle. If we can be at peace with what is, find our own inner stillness, listen to our intuition, then we too can recognize that from the waters of death, new life emerges.

Tarot Symbolism – Heron
By Leah Whitehorse -September 15, 2015

A Moment in Nature Phaon Crescent

Even the flags seemed frozen
to their poles, and the men
stamping their well-shod feet
resembled an army of overcoats.

But we were young and fueled
by hope, our ardor burned away
the cold. We were the president’s,
and briefly the president would be ours.

The old poet stumbled
over his own indelible words,
his breath a wreath around his face:
a kind of prophecy. -Linda Pastan

A Moment in Nature Pearl Crescent

There are always lessons to be found in the darkest moments. It’s a moral obligation to dig deep and find that little glimmer of hope or pearl of wisdom.
– Andrea Pirlo