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SPRING IN FLORIDA...by b. Malin

Updated on March 27, 2013

Pelicans,Laughing Blackbirds, & State Bird of Florida, the Northern Mocking bird

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Neighboring Birds that make us SMILE...

"Here I am once again, kinda well...LOVER MAN TOO, So, "By, By FLU, we're through with you"! So now we're Enjoying the Spring like weather in Florida land. We've been COLD, almost ALL of March, with our temperatures dipping into the 30's and 40's at night, and staying in the high 60's, and low 70's by day. Believe me, I'm NOT complaining coming from South Jersey... I'm just saying that it DOES feel like Spring, Beautiful Spring, a time of renewal, of rebirth and lots of BIRDS... This is their story, and I'm sticking to it...even if it gets a little X rated... The TRUTH must be told.

I'll start with the "Pelicans", that make their home in and around the Marina that our "Condo w/the View" overlooks. Some of the" guys" with the BIG Fishing boat do NOT like them, because the "Pelicans" think they are ENTITLED to part of the catch! Are the "Pelicans" being POLITICALLY CORRECT? After all isn't there 2 cement "Pelicans" adorning the entrance way to the Maria? YES there is! And so the "Pelicans" walk the piers...The "Fishing Guys" try to chase them off. Which of course turns out to be a NO WIN situation... The "Pelicans just WALK away, or jump into the water. In the end, the "Pelicans" WIN, and their prize is some of the delicious FISH. So what do you think... Are they really ENTITLED...I'll let you be the judge.

Next are the "LAUGHING BLACK CROWS". I'm really not sure what they are, but they are BIG, and BLACK, and look like CROWS, and they LAUGH at EVERYTHING! They fly to the Palm trees near our Lanai, find a spot and just LAUGH THEIR HEADS OFF...Especially when they see the "Fishing Guys' vs. the "Pelicans"...You can only guess who they've bet on. The good part is, they don't stay long...Maybe they get some of the catch as well!

Now I've saved the BEST for last...The Northern Mocking bird, Florida's State Bird...

Last Sunday, Lover Man, and I decided to have Breakfast out to celebrate feeling HEALTHY once again. So we went to one of Florida's Beautiful outdoor Malls. After a delicious Breakfast, and feeling FULL, we decided to walk around. It was Beautiful out, the sun was shining warmly down, temp, in the 70's, life was good. Suddenly I look up, and what do I see, 2 cute little "State Birds" perched up above a small Jewelry shop. All of a sudden the "MALE" State Bird, hops over and MOUNTS the little "FEMALE" State Bird from behind. "OMG, I say to Lover Man, would you look at that"! He follows my gaze up...But doesn't see anything because the little Male, has moved over...but wait, here he comes again, (pardon the pun) over to her, and once again, MOUNTS HER FROM BEHIND. "Maybe they are in Love", Lover Man says. "Really, I say, or maybe she's just a CHEAP DATE... Who "Puts Out" over a store where ANYONE walking by can see'. "Well, Maybe he's already taken her out for Breakfast and now...a little afternoon delight" he says smiling down at me. "Mmm, or maybe he's just a "Birdbrain" I say, as we both laugh, and look up to see him mounting her ONE MORE TIME. "Oh let's get out of here I say, and hope that he'll be done soon". "You know, Lover Man says softly as we walk along, I remember our First Date and the "Chinese Dinner" and us going back to your apartment, and it got late, and you stretched and yawed and said, "are you staying or leaving"...and I stayed and I never left... and we lived together for almost 3 years... and then got Married... and that was 28 years ago"... "Well, I sighed taking his hand as we continued to walk...Maybe there is hope for our 2 little State Birds!

So my dear reader friends, what do you think?

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      b. Malin 3 years ago

      Hi Eiddwen, Thanks so much for checking out one of my older Hubs on Florida...It was a Fun write.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read; voted up and shared.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      I always ENJOY reading your Comments Rosemay, you're a Funny Lady too! Yes, feeling Good again, it was a long month of the FLU. Thanks for your inquiring and Caring.

      Thanks once again for your Votes, I treasure that dear Friend.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A delightful read. Pleased to hear you are over that dreadful flu.

      Well pelicans ghotta eat and they are so much smarter than the fishermen. And a little mockingbird gotta make doubly even triply(sp) sure their species is continued. And the laughing crow... well hes probably had his full share of both. Hee hee.

      Voting Up and across the board

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Sunshine, Thanks , we hope to become Permanently situated in Florida land, going to sell the house in NJ in May, when we go back. Aw, thanks for your LOVELY comments, that's what we LOVE about you "Sunshine"...YOU dear friend, always make us Smile with your Warm words!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Gypsy, Thanks for the Votes, always appreciated!

      I am sending you some Florida Sunshine, we've got plenty to spare today...Hope it MELTS that SNOW. Happy Easter to you as well, and thanks for all your kind words.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy Easter B. It's always nice to have you back in Florida. The state shines more when you and Lover Man are around! :)

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Colin, Aw, Thank YOU...So Appreciated coming from you!

      I'm glad that "Spring" is heading in your Direction...You've had a Cold winter. Also sending some Florida Sunshine, plenty to spare today!

      Hello, and Happy Easter to Tiffy and Gabriel, hopefully they are having a mouthwatering Treat...Hope your day was "Special" like you dear friend.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and funny. This was absolutely delightful. Birds just do what come naturally. Wish you could send all the great weather over here. We've got more snow! Happy Easter to you and passing this on. Love the pics.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well what do I think?

      I think that lover man is the luckiest man in the world to have someone as beautiful, hot and as funny as you. Other than that - the Epi-man is speechless and you know that doesen't happen too often, lol.

      Sending you my warm wishes from up north where it feels like a cold day in Florida - meaning it's quite mild up here and feels like spring is on the doorstep, and as the weather always is, ...... to be continued, lol

      Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time 3:12pm canada

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Monis Mas,

      Don't be JEALOUS...we've been quite COLD for the last 2 months...and now, it feels like Spring...I like that.

      We are still "tired" from the Flu, but getting around.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Sgbrown,

      Thank You!Here in Florida Land Feb. & March were COLD. Yes, now it feels like Spring, which is kinda nice...Believe me those Pelicans have NO trouble showing who's boss. Thanks for all your Wonderful Comments!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Dreamseeker 2,

      Thank You! Yes, we were REALLY Sick, still kinda recovering...The weak part, but at least we are UP and about!

      Thanks for Enjoying, and of course your Votes!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Karen,

      Yes, he must have taken his VIAGRA...Spring is here, and LOVE is in the air. Today, Saturday, it's FINALLY warmer...we've been quite COLD in the land of Palm Trees.

      Thanks for you Fun Comments, and of course your Vote!

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      Aga 4 years ago

      I am glad you said "bye" to the flu! :-) And I am jealous - Florida weather...

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      So glad to hear that you and lover man are feeling better. This has been the coldest March I have seen in years! Spring is here, it just needs to stick around longer than a day or two at a time! I bet Florida is a great place to be in the spring time! As far as the pelicans go, I think they were there first, so they should be entitled! Cute story about the birds! :)

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      It is good to have another entertaining hub from you again, b. Malin! But, I was sorry to hear you and your lover man had been sick. That's no fun! I could picture it all...your stories of the birds. Very enlightening and full of life in spring. Thanks for sharing it with us! Great job! Voted up and awesome!! : )

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      LOL...

      THREE times in ONE morning? lol..that's impressive! i can't blame them for showing off..haha..

      as far as mounting her 'from behind' - i wonder what options they would have..exactly..

      (just sayin'...lol)

      hilarious spring 'flight' of fancy, my friend..

      i can't wait to see those birds for myself - i'm heading your way!

      always voting up and sharing forward..

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Kashmir, Thank YOU! I'm so Glad it was Fun for you to read, and giving my a Vote UP and more, sure made me Happy too!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      A very awesome and fun article which made it a pleasure to read .

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Cat, Well my recovery, is slow...feel good one day...back in Bed the next...But I am Optimistic! I'm so Glad I gave you some Laughs. Thanks!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Teacher, Well as I said, the Entranceway to the Maria, has two big white cement Pelicans...and these Pelicans think They are owed some Fish...what can I say. As for those Crows, Laughing, not as many right now. Thanks for your Comments, always appreciated.

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      Catherine Tally 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Ha Ha. Anything good should be done more than once! As a matter of fact, I'm going to read your hub for the 3rd time because I love to laugh. Glad you are recovered and enjoying the Florida sunshine. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      The pelicans are not a welcome sight around the marina's here in our area. I love to watch them, but they are pretty keen on catching fish out of a fisherman's net or basket. I saw a huge black bird sitting on the bush just today, good to hear they don't stay around long.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Ruby, So, True, so true. That little bird stayed for ALL the action...Bless her!

      I'm so Glad you Enjoyed, and I'll send you some Florida Sunshine, but the air here is COLD still! Cheers right back to you.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Mar, Thank YOU! Now I'm Smiling too. You are such a Good Friend...Yes, Spring is in the air. Thanks so much for the Votes.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Alicia, I'm glad you Enjoyed. Yes, COLD in Florida are we! And Healthy at the Moment...Thanks for your thoughtful Comments.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hey Frog, We're almost as Good as New...The wildlife is Great to watch, especially when we're rooting for the Birds! LOL, my Friend.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hey Suzzycue, Thank YOU! The Flu is gone, however people here are now complaining about a Stomach bug...HELP!Thanks for your Comments and of course your Votes...You brightened my Day too!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Breakfastpops, Those Pelican Birds are Smarter, than our "Birdbrain politicians"!

      Yes, we are having Fun...Hopefully we can stay HEALTHY now!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Kidscrafts, Thank YOU! The Pelicans show such Humor to the Fishing guys, it is Fun to watch.

      Thanks for all your Wonderful Comments. Ditto on Happy Spring, and Enjoy Easter.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Faith, The Weather really has been Crazy...Florida feels like early Spring. Loved your Sister's story too...Funny! Thanks for the Vote as well!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Faithful Daughter, You maybe right, they could be distant relatives...Your comments could be a Hub too...Hilarious!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Old Poolman, Why Thank YOU. It is Fun to be here. Especially when we get to see all this wonderful Wildlife.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Wetnosedog,

      I Loved your Comments...Now EVERYONE here is walking around with a STOMACH Bug...HELP!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Jackie, I know, it's Cold here...But we really shouldn't complain. Ha, to Global Warming...Go bird watching, but it could get x rated!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Drbj,

      Even Educated Fleas do it...I remember that song. I'd like to think he promised her a Ring...

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Frank, So I will Thank You TWICE, Thank You, really, Thank YOU!

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Hi Scribenet,

      Thanks for Laughing with me, always appreciated! Mmm x rated, ok, I think...We got married, and so might those 2 Love Birds, Ha, Ha!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I say that ' Birds of a feather flock together. ' The little female could've flown away anytime, just sayin'. Another fun hub! Loved it. Happy you feel better, mad because it's still cold here..Burr..Cheers

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      My heart is soaring because you are no longer feeling peckish. You can tell, b...cuz we are all crowing over this latest smile maker!

      Spring is in the air and it's wonderful to see you too! Voted UP and FAB!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a fun hub to start my day, b. Malin. Spring is a lovely time of year for birds and everyone else! I'm surprised to hear how cold it's been in Florida. I always think of it as a warm state, even in winter. I'm glad that the flu has gone and you're feeling better.

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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      b. malin - Alright! Glad to see you two are still doing the kickin' chicken! Live the good life while the living is good. I used to live on the water and I mean right on it when I lived in Florida. The wildlife is great to watch and enjoy.

      The Frog

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Awesome hub about the wild nature of Florida b malin. Votes up all the way. So happy the flu is behind you now. Enjoy your day. You brightened mine.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      Those pelicans should run for office. I loved this story and I am glad you guys are having fun!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I love your writing and your humour!

      I am happy for the pelicans of being able to enjoy themselves on the piers. Those birds are not stupid...why fish themselves when the fishermen bring the whole thing to them and they can just pick and choose! What a great way to live! They just adapted to their environment!

      The crows.... we have some here in Ottawa. May be not the exact same kind but it seems we have more and more each year and I am wondering.... is this the beginning of a Hitchcock movie? They do a lot of noise.... I don't know if I could call that a laugh!

      As for those two love birds.... above the jewelry shop.... maybe she was trying to give him a message? Anyway...they seemed to enjoyed both...that's what was important! Spring must be definitly in the air in Florida! Here it's still cold, the snow is starting to melt slowly and I can't wait to see any action between any kind of birds in my backyard a a sign of Spring!

      Happy Spring to you! Have a nice Easter!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Still so very cold here, and I am in the deep south too! LOL on the love-making birds. My sister told me a similar story where she saw two birds in my backyard just a smooching away, and then one mounts the other and they go at it. Well, I guess cold or not, spring is in the air for them. hahaha

      I am glad you are feeling better. Love this. It was such a delightful read.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Evi Lopez 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I say these little Florida state birds are related to the rooster. Did you know that a rooster will mount a hen, walk by her a moment later, and will mount the hen all over again. The funny part is, he will do this a few times. I say roosters are just conveniently forgetful, and rather than stop for a moment and ask themselves if they did or didn't do it, they just do it again just in case they didn't (lol).

      Happy to see you bouncing back from that terrible flu. I'm also enjoying the cool crisp weather here in SW Florida. My sentiments exactly about up north. I came from North Jersey and do not miss that cold weather either.

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      Old Poolman 4 years ago

      This was hilarious. I guess Pelicans and People are not that much different. I'm glad you are enjoying your new adventure in Florida and thanks for sharing this great story.

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      I think the Pelicans have a right to the fish, the crows are laughing at the fishermen, as you say. and well, spring is here, so the mocking birds have 28 years to go.

      Glad you feel better.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I am just a little above you and I am just freezing! I never dreamed FL was suffering too. Global warming? When!!??

      Well those birds must know spring is coming there soon I would say.

      I may go birdwatching tomorrow. lol

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      It's just like those song lyrics, b. 'Birds do it, bees do it ...' Maybe they were going at it above that Jewelry Shop because he promised her a ring. :)

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      B malin this was so good had to read it twice before I commented..... :)

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      Scribenet 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I voted up and funny...and x-rated so you should get a lot of views ;)

      I think the State birds got married and lived happily ever after!