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Jean Gregory Evans on March 26, 2009

Mike, joyfotos is right, those Wisconsin deer are mightily talented. She's a great observer of nature and we are very lucky to have her out there reporting the interesting tidbits like this, aren't we?

joyfotos, I am keenly interested in the strange deer and the bear too. Hope you will be safe on your morning walks and hope you get some good photo ops too without taking your life into danger zones. But knowing you, you will be able to outsmart any old teaser, right Mike?

Good day to you both!


trikermike on March 26, 2009

I love nature in all her forms, enthralled by things we don't have here in UK too, Jean, you're so right, we are lucky to have 'in the field' reporter/recorders such as Joyfotos, she is worth a salary from 'Wildlife USA magazine' (is there such a thing?)

I am fighting a local nasty at the moment, chest & gut bugs, knocked me out of sorts a wee tad, but fighting back now!

You guys take care


joyfotos on March 26, 2009

Jean & Mike, Unfortunately no more morning walks of late. The weather is lousy - back cold and blustery or cold and blowing snow and in general gray and drab. Also we are in a streak of running all the time. So are in just a few moments here and there to have a peak and make a few comments than off to bed so we can start all over the next day.

I am glad to hear you all think I am such a good field reporter. I think it is hard work to keep up with the two of you.

Jean I see you have been a busy girl this week with all kinds of new spring photos to make me totally HOMESICK.

MIke I am glad to hear you are fighting back from the local nasty. Many people here are fighting the same and I am hoping I do not get it.

Take care and look forward to hearing from both of you!


trikermike on March 27, 2009

Jean Lady of the Woods , weather here is gusty too, enough to keep me in,

temperature is low enough to chill the sun, so I stay in the sunroom and espy the little boids at there eating habits on my sumptious feeders that soon become empty! A refill every two days is needed nowadays!

Hoping for warmer weather with much less wind soon (I must eat less beans!)

Chins up, methinks! summer is en route!

take care, and mind the Bear!


Jean Gregory Evans on March 28, 2009

joyfotos, went looking in your front pages this morning and you have been busy too. Lovely photos and I am particularly impressed with your portrait! Well done, that!

Mike, always good to hear from you. There is something going around here too but I am lucky to not have it ... yet, knock on wood. :-)) Hope you will be feeling better by the time you are on Panoramio again and hopefully will read all your mail.


pedrocut on March 28, 2009

Jean, Greetings from England,

I came to your gallery via joyfotos and have being looking through your lovely collection of birds.

I came to the last, being your picture of the Pine Finch, and read the comments. If I am right you are in North Carolina along with Jethro, and you may be interested in a conversation that I had with him here concerning his picture of Mr. Cardinal

Is the Pine Finch a winter visitor North Carolina?

Best Regards, Peter

Jean Gregory Evans on March 28, 2009

Peter, this bird is called a Purple Finch. It changes color this time of year and does eventually look a bit more purple than it is in this photo. We also have the Pine Siskin. They both pass through, migrating. They are both winter visitors here. When Jethro asked me about it, I had to give it some thought before I came up with these 2 birds that migrate through here. We also have the Canadian Geese that sometimes stay on the water here but used to usually pass us by and go further south for the winter. Right now, I can't think of any more birds that just winter here. You and Jethro have got me thinking!

Thanks for your comments and your visit!

Friendly greetings from North Carolina mountains,


pedrocut on March 29, 2009

Thanks Jean,

I had my Pines and Purples mixed up! Here is a link to our European Siskin.

Interesting comments on the Canadian Geese, as they were possibly introduced into England around 1660 to add to Charles II’s collection in St. James Park. It became popular in country gardens with lakes and ponds, but now seems to have increased so much that many consider it a pest!

Regards, Peter.

Jean Gregory Evans on April 5, 2009

Peter, until I started looking at birds with the camera, I didn't see them very well and they were all pretty much just the LBGs... little gray birds. When I found the Pine Siskin, I started reading about them and found a whole world of interesting birds around the world that are similar but different. That photo of the European is excellent, good find! I am amazed there are so many.

You got the Canadian Geese and we got the European Starling! The world gets smaller and smaller, it seems, even for the birds!

Thanks for the information, Peter, I really enjoy it.


pedrocut on April 5, 2009


As a walker with a camera, and a pack on my back, you don’t really have the time to compose a good photo of the birds. So Spot the Bird is my excuse for a bad shot!

It is interesting how you came to appreciate the world of birds. I have always had an interest in them and you may be interested in a conversation I had with Sue Allen below the picture of the Kingfisher.

Regards Peter

der_HifiFreaK on May 30, 2009

Hello Jean

Again, you re a great picture I think succeeded.

Regards Peter

Jean Gregory Evans on May 30, 2009

pedrocut, Peter, your photo and story are just great, I really enjoyed them! Thanks a whole lot. Sorry that I took so long to answer your comment!

der_HifiFreaK, Peter, gosh, I have two comments here and both with the name of Peter, how cool! Thank you! I loved seeing this photo when I put it on screen, the details on the back of the bird seem so attractive to my eye. The little dotted white lines are a great detail I would never get to see without the camera!

Regards to you both,


pedrocut on May 30, 2009

Hi Jean

I must admit that I have only glanced at your pictures lately as I think you have put so many on! My wife looks at pictures very quickly but I like to look at all the detail.

And that brings me to the one and only Sue, I think she started to catch up with a great backlog of comments, but only succeeded in replying to a few.

Of course we have to realize that everything is upside down in that part of the world!

Best wishes, Peter

Jean Gregory Evans on May 30, 2009

Peter, yes, you're right. Sue is a prolific and worker and a great friend here in Pano, I miss her. Her witty comments are so much fun to read. She is such a stinker when she gets going. Totally fun. And as you say, she's upside down too.

Have a great weekend, Peter!


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  • Uploaded on March 13, 2009
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    by Jean Gregory Evans
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H5
    • Taken on 2009/03/11 15:56:29
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 72.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
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    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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