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...and after a month offline my server is back up! I went on vacation and someone turned my server off, and I didn't have a way to get it running again without physically being in front of it.

For the next 4 weeks I'll be in France and Italy for the first time. I brought my big camera lens and I hope to photograph and post European birds. This is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of trip for me. I'm so excited that I'm healthy enough to go.

I found these mushrooms last Tuesday, but I forgot to post them. An employee at the Falls of the Ohio state park saw my binoculars and pointed me to a trail I've never seen before. These mushrooms look like decomposing apple slices.

Springtime flowers and buds. I heard that once more leaves come out the caterpillars will follow. Once there are caterpillars a lot more birds will migrate because they'll have food.

Due to the holiday the park was pretty empty today. I loved it.

What happens when my Mastodon server goes offline for a while? I had a power outage due to storms for about a day. Will I never see toots from that time, or will they eventually show up?

Saw this knob on a tree that appears to have a cheerful face on it.

I spent a lot of time outside this weekend. Hiked around various parks with an old friend. Here are some cool mushrooms we saw.

Female Red-bellied Woodpecker, Louisville, Kentucky 2021-05-01

You can actually see the red belly in this photo.

Downy Woodpecker, Louisville, Kentucky, 2021-05-01

Another photo of the same Downy Woodpecker. That beak is huge! Those tail spots, though...

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Downy Woodpecker, Louisville, Kentucky, 2021-05-01

Its beak is pretty large for a Downy, but the spots on the white tail feathers (more visible on other photos I took) rule out the possibility of it being a Hairy Woodpecker.

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Louisville, Kentucky 2021-05-01

I'm anxiously awaiting their return this spring.

This used to be my favorite spot in the park. You could stand here and see nothing man-made. Then last fall they decided to mow it all down and do a haunted house...

Male House Finch, Louisville, Kentucky, 2021-05-01

Males have the reddish-purple coloring on their heads and backs.

Male American Goldfinch, Louisville, Kentucky 2021-05-01

The males have the black forehead spot, and their yellow coloring is brighter than females.

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Personal instance for myself.