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With the ducklings down for their mid-morning naps, and Ralph out running errands, Wanda finally had a moment to herself.
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It’s back to school for most kids in the Houston area today, and while I don’t have children the first days and weeks always effect everyone. This morning on my drive into work I listened to a story on the radio about Santa Fe High School. I am not a part of that community but I know that many there are still trying to figure out how to deal with the tragedy they experienced. The story was about the added security features on campus, more police, metal detectors, and panic buttons and new door locks in classrooms. Hopefully these safety measures will never be tested, but they’re just a solution to a symptom anyway. We have a gun problem and a healthcare problem in this country. No other first world countries experience the kinds of mass shootings we have grown so accustomed to. I don’t have the answers, but I know most in our government aren’t trying to find the answers. Our children deserve to be able to go to school and study (and sometimes nap) without fear of being gunned down, and modeling our schools after prisons isn’t good enough. If you agree that we could be doing better, I encourage you to reach out to your representatives in Congress and tell them how you feel and vote in November.
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Black-bellied Whistling Duck and ducklings | Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Houston, TX | 08/12/2018
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Another bird, another new species and I didn't have to walk at all. The 4 species of sunbirds were not the only thing to pop up. This uncommon little spiderhunter came out of the woods to collect nectar the flowers - although they do eat insects and spiders too. They are similar in colour to female sunbirds but the long beak gave it away.
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Species: Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra)
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Birding can take you to many beautiful places and also strange places like this one in an abandoned strip mall parking lot that has puddles which attract shorebirds during migration. What’s the strangest place you’ve gone looking for birds?

Summer is slowly coming to an end and some of the #rubythroatedhummingbird are already on the very long journey south. Here is a photo I captured this morning out my back window of my deck. I have had such an amazing and crazy busy summer and have noticed a huge amount of activity in my back yard the past week. 🌺#connecticut #sootc #hummingbird #uneditedphoto #naturesbeautybyak #ctmixmaster #iheartconnecticut #naturalconnecticut #nectar #flowersofinstagram #birdsandblooms #naturephotographer #ilovehummingbirds #hummingbirdmigration2018 #seasonschange

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The magnificent Shoebill flying over Mabamba Bay - look at that wingspan! Photo by @usha.harish 😮

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