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...how's about a few other verses of this lively song in celebration of nature as we close out the year 2013? Feel free to sing along! And join in with your own nature observations.

All in the spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance, peace and life, family and friends...

(All photos taken by me, on said dates.
Photos in Lightbox; click to enlarge)

Seven Swans-a-Swimming!
7 swans a swimming

Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator), December 6
Six Geese-a-Laying!
6 geese
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis), June 6

More verses below ~

Five Golden Rings!
The sunflower has many golden rings of flowers, in different stages of blooming.
The bumblebees have golden rings on their abdomens.
Take your pick :)

5 golden rings

Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) & Bumblebees (Bombus sp.), July 28

Four Calling Birds!
4 mergansers
Red-breasted Mergansers (Mergus serrator), April 15

Three hmmm hens!
3 hens austrolorp
Austrolorp hens (Gallus gallus domesticus), August 20

These are Austrolorp hens belonging to my neighbor. Good eggs!

Two hmmm-mm Doves!
(the terms Dove and Pigeon are somewhat arbitrarily used to refer to birds of the family Columbidae)

All the photos in this diary are from my neighborhood except this elegant creature, which I saw on a trip to the Caribbean, on Roatan island, Honduras.

...(Patagioenas leucocephala), July 8
2 doves #left
White-Crowned Pigeons....
(last verse....)

and a Pheasant in a Blackberry Bush!

Partridges and Pheasants are both in the family Phasianidae,
Pears and Blackberries are both in the family Rosaceae. Weee are famileeee ;-))

male pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant cock (Phasianus colchicus), November 30

Best holiday wishes to all ~
(I'm off to a family gathering tomorrow, and then a week at the ocean coast until the new year, no diaries from me til then. Big trees, giant driftwood, thundering waves, salt spray, and mostly out of range of the intertubes. Will check in when I'm in range.)
The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group.  It is a place to note of any observations you have made of the world around you.  Rain, sun, wind...insects, birds, flowers...meteorites, rocks...seasonal changes...all are worthy additions to the bucket.  Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment.  Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located. Each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.
What's up in your neck of the woods?

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