Thank you n.a.n. for the great new thread. Sweet, sweet Chickadees, love the ducks. Mr & Mrs. Housefinches look pretty contented. And the Hummingbird does seems to enjoy the nectar. I've been watching this Cardinal Juvie at the feeder. First Papa brought it here and fed it. When Momma took over the rearing however, she taught it to feed itself. She used "tough love" when the baby flutter its wings to be fed. She gently brushes the Juvie as if to coach it to get the food itself. After each time, she flew off, the Juvie will return and figured out "Ah hah! I can do this!" and it has been eating without being helped along. And by the look of the juvie cardinal. It's quite happy.
I wish I had gotten photos, but last week on several mornings while the DH and I were sitting on the back porch talking and having our coffee, I spotted Kinglets up in our maple tree!! I was able to determine which of course, but easy to ID a Kinglet once you have seen them due to their size!
I really enjoyed seeing all the wonderful photos in the last volume-great job all!
Thanks for the great new start Nuts. Your pictures are adorable.
Lily, your little cardinal is a cutie.
Here's a few photos-
Double-crested Cormorants up high on a tree where the sun feels sooo good.
A couple molting Crows enjoying the peanut feeder.
A Great Egret.
A Lesser Goldfinch.
A Eurasian Collared Dove.
Nan, it's nice to have spotted a Kinglet. n.a.n. and Hack, yes it's fascinating that birds' behavior isn't far different than human's. There are times, human can learn from birds especially when come to raising kids. ^_^
Duc, love the various birds you do get. I don't get to see the E.C. Dove here only the Mourning Doves stay here year round. Hack, how neat you get to see the Brown headed Nuthatches let along having them using the bird bath.
Wow, you're coming right along with that shoulder. Very cute shot of the pair of Brown-headed Nuthatches in your birdbath! Love your Chickadee and the other Nuthatch on the peanut feeder and that little Tufted Titmouse is adorable the way it climbs up "underneath" the perch.
Kim, I agree about learning from the birds. They're all "business". Their lives depend on it.
I'm pretty excited...I just saw a "Northern Flicker" flying back-and-forth from one of the suet feeders to our huge Ash tree!! They don't hang around here all the time and it's a rarity to see them. I don't know if it will stay very long as we already have three varieties of Woodpeckers and the Red-bellies can get a little territorial. Of course I didn't have a camera handy, but I'll keep watching. Yippee...I always feel like a little kid when a new or infrequent bird shows up!!
Adel - Thank you for sharing that amazing video! I watched it with mixed feelings as I'm sure most people do. It warmed my heart to see the efforts that went into giving this beautiful bird a second chance...but...it also tore at my emotions as it reminded me how many cruel people there are in this world.
I found myself wondering if there are any recent updates to the story, but I'd probably just rather hope that it had a happy ending.
You're Welcome, burn! I thought the Lobelia seeds info was kind of fascinating. I'll probably just let the seeds drop and see what happens, but it's good to know about since the Hummers seemed to love it.
Duc, your Hawk shot is incredible and I just love the Heron pics!
Fantastic pics and stories here! I need to go check the previous thread!
n.a.n. - Great start! Wonderful, detailed shot of that Chickadee! Those finches are sure well-fed. and Hummer is so cute. Sure hope you get a shot of the Flicker, but it is so cool just to see one.
Kim - Enjoyed the Cardinal images and the story on feeding. I watched a similar interaction with a Dad and Mom grackle. Dad was a pushover, but Mom made the little one fend for itself and fussed at Dad. Funny to watch.
Duc - Sweet photos! Love the one of the goldfinch - what a cute expression. Glad you are helping out those crows. I'm sure it takes a lot of energy to put on a new "coat." Awesome photo of that screeching hawk. Very cool! Nice to see the herons, too.
Hack, Nuthatches are so cool to see. We don't see them around here.
Adel, Thanks for that video. Glad there are so many more caring people in this world than careless ones.
I was out in a boat between Galveston, TX's North and South Jetties last weekend and we spotted a pair of Magnificent Frigatebirds. It is always quite a thrill to watch these birds for me. I don't see them that often.
I just held the button down on my camera. LOL. Got probably a hundred images and have thrown most away since it was really too far away. But, I did keep this series and cropped them down to show the behavior.
I could tell this female Frigatebird had something in her mouth, but I couldn't tell what, so I just took a lot of photos. It turns out that it was a stick, I think. She was flying along with it and looking below. She kept repositioning it in her beak so that she had it right at the edge. Then she dropped it and plunged down and caught it before it hit the water. Then she dropped it again and let it hit the water while she stuck her head pretty far down in the water where the stick (or metal rod?) went in. She didn't come back up with anything this time. I still don't know why she was doing this, but I have a few possible ideas.
One thought I had was she was just practicing grabbing food that other birds have dropped. Frigatebirds are thieves and will annoy other birds (gulls, pelicans, terns, etc.) until they drop their food and then grab it for themselves.
Another thought was that possibly she was using it as a lure to get fish to come to the surface and investigate the splashing stick so she could grab them up for dinner.
Has anyone else noticed this type of behavior and have a clue as to what she is doing.
Adel, thank you for sharing such news. Like many I shared that very same sentiment how could some one be so careless? But I'm glad to learn that there are greater number of people that are caring and those that make our world a better place. Duc, great pics. of the Black-crowned Night Heron. Never have I seen one that close. The detail on your photos are fantastic. Patti, the Frigatebird and its behavior is really interesting. Great photos!
I was just wishing upon the stars to see some Goldfinches return; here they're. A pair arrived briefly at the feeder. Got their share of seeds (ignored the suet completely), and took off on their way. I really enjoyed their visit.
Thanks, Patti! Oh I so love your Magnificent Frigatebirds! Fantastic shots, even as far away as they were. Fascinating story about the stick as well.
Kim, a big Congrats on your Goldfinches...yay!!! Hope they stick around. Your pics are very cute!
This little RT Hummer spent quite a while preening and fluffing and preening and fluffing and... She would periodically chase off any "perceived intruders" then go right back to her preening ritual.
The dead branch is actually one I attached last year to the shepherd's hook outside our kitchen window where a hummer feeder hangs. They absolutely love that branch and it gives us extra time to watch them.
Patti, great photos of the frigatebird. I would think it's a little late in the season for nesting material but who knows?
Kim, congrats on your sweet goldfinches-so cute!
Nuts, love your little hummer photos. I have branches attaches to the deck railing in several places and all the birds love sitting on them.
Here's a pair of acorn woodpeckers, a terrible photo but the only time I've ever photographed a juvie white-breasted nuthatch, a shy mallard and..look closely at this juvie red-shouldered hawk photo-My hummers were buzzing it and it just sat there!!
It's beyond me, to see something as small as a hummingbird, challenging something so much bigger than they are. Especially a bird of prey, But the Hawk must really be not interested with just a bite of food, that they would provide. Love the shots of the Herons.
Congratulation on getting the photo of the juvie Nuthatch, Duc. And great catch on the Acorn WP.
Love the little Hummer preening, n.a.n.
Happy, the goldfinches are coming back for you, Lily.
That's an interesting behavior with the Frigatebird, nicely done on the shots,
I haven't taken much pictures lately. The images are from Aug.
1. a pair of juvenile Crow
3. RT hummingbird
Thanks, all. I asked a birding expert about that MagFrig behavior and she suggested that it might be one of my thoughts (practicing or using as a tool) or possibly she was just playing the "drop the stick and catch it" game. I guess birds take some time off to play too. LOL.
Kim, Glad you got to see those goldfinches and share some pics with us!
n.a.n., Oh, what absolutely adorable images of that hummer! I need to do that! I had a stick on my regular feeder, but not on my shepherd's hook.
Duc, Wonderful photos! I love the one of the hummers hovering around the hawk. That always amazes me too. I have several of a Mockingbird biting a Harris's Hawk and slamming into him. I don't know why the hawks put up with it, but that Mocker didn't like the hawk near her/his nest. The Acorn WP shot is awesome!
Burn, Cute to see those youngsters. And that hummer shot is so nice with the beautiful flowers!
Duc, that's an awesome shot of the Acorn Woodpeckers! Your juvie Nuthatch is a real cutie and I love the shy Mallard! The pic with the hummers "buzzing" the hawk is amazing! The hawk couldn't care less...they may as well be gnats!
Burn, great shot of the juvie Crows! Love the Kingbird pic! I sure wish we had some...they're beautiful birds. The field guides show them in our area, but I've never seen any around here. Great catch of the little hummer! Such a pretty shot with the Fuchsia blooms.
Patti, I got the idea for the "branch" because the hummers seem to enjoy the dead branches of our trees even more than the live ones. I guess it gives them a better view of the surroundings.
Went out this afternoon to fill up the single feeders and the hummers have been fighting over them, here are a couple pics that I was lucky enough to get, you can see just how chubby they are getting to go south. I will miss them but I know that they will be back next spring.
I took a red solo cup and cut the bottom out of it, put some red nectar in it and set it outside, I had to go to work so asked hubby to check every once in a while to see if anything was eating it, he saw a hummer eating out of it. He went to get the camera and like so many times he was a little too slow, but tomorrow I will be able to sit out and see if I can get a picture of it. I volunteered to work today, not one of my best moves lol! But it helps them out and may put a feather in my cap.
Wow, Margaret those Rainbow Lorakeets are so colorful and beautiful! Duc I love those Swallows and Wren and especially the Ca. quail. Oh Nan, I had a rare visit from the Red-breasted Nuthatch last week to the grain feeder. I spoke with a lady from a seasoned bird watchers group over the weekend whose said that it very early to find those Nuthatches here before December. Love your Chickadee and the young R.T hummer.
Great Blue Heron; it just went for a fish, came up for air and shook off the water from its feather.
Nanny, the RB nuthatches are hear right now too. They are right on time for other sightings. Still reported up in the Chicago area, so I'm betting you have them around there. Unlike the White Breasted nuthatches at my house, these seem to like to drink and bathe from the stream. So keep an eye on your water hole.
Excellent photos everyone. Sort of slim pickings around here. I am anxiously waiting for the arrival of the wintering Bald Eagles and other waterfowl.The Osprey and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have since departed. I do make an occasional visit to Bombay Hook NWR but nothing unusual to note. Many of the birds have lost their breeding plumage and are a little more difficult (for me) to properly identify.
1. Double-crested Cormorant
2. Great Egret
3. Semipalmated Plover and Greater Yellowlegs
4. Laughing Gull
5. Great Egret - Sometimes I prefer a non-closeup image.
Super pics, nanny! We haven't seen any RB Nuthatches yet this year, although one year we had them all Spring. Your little Chickadee is cute. Do your Chickadees and Goldfinches like to drink from the ant moat on your Hummzinger? Ours love that moat so I make sure to keep it full of fresh water. That little Hummer is a cutie.
Kim, how lucky you are to see those beautiful GB Herons right on your lake! We have them near by and sometimes they fly over our house. Isn't it just amazing how they look almost prehistoric when they're flying?
Very cute Palm Warbler, Marna! By-the-way, I really enjoyed the reprint of your hummer article!
Linth, what amazing shots! The Laughing Gull in flight is awsome and I really like the Cormorant on it's own "little island". The contrast between the Egret and the greenish water is also cool.
Well, the weather is definitely starting to say, "Autumn". The cool nights have been fantastic, but we're starting to lose some of our Hummers so it's a tradeoff. We've had more hummers for the last month or so than we've ever had...they were everywhere. In the last few days they've thinned out. I expect we have no more than a couple of weeks and they'll be gone.
Our Goldfinches are starting to change into their winter plumage and the males are looking like mis-matched patchwork quilts. I think people that don't watch the birds and other critters really miss out on many of the subtle changes of nature.
Hi all, hope you don't mind me chiming in.
My husband saw a bald eagle Monday right down the road from us. That is a rare site around here in fact I have only seen one here in my life. Hopefully that means their range is expanding? Anyway I'm going to keep an eye out for it.
pestee42 wrote:Hi all, hope you don't mind me chiming in.
My husband saw a bald eagle Monday right down the road from us. That is a rare site around here in fact I have only seen one here in my life. Hopefully that means their range is expanding? Anyway I'm going to keep an eye out for it.
Not at all, you're welcome! Good one on the Bald Eagle, yes, they're still expanding their range after the bad times they went through last century.
pestee42, I have provided a link that will provide you with a Bald Eagle Nest locator for the state of Florida. Florida has the most active Bald Eagle nests of any of the lower 48 states. A 2011 survey showed that Florida has more than 1,400 active nests. As the demand for new nesting sites increases, their territory is bound to expand. That is a welcome sight. There are a few Bald Eagle nests in Escambia County. I have never seen a Bald Eagle from my property but I can drive 60 miles up the road and see 100+ during their wintering season. It can be worth the ride to visit a site where they are known to frequent. Another 2 months and I will be "up the road" every week for at least 10 weeks just to photograph Bald Eagles. Hope you see them more frequently in the future.
linthicum, I can't thank you enough for this site. I had no idea there were nests so close. The DH and I will be exploring this for sure. I'm so excited! I will check out the site tonight. I'm at work now and break is over. Thanks again!
Love your little Nuthatch, Nanny. I had one visit my yard a few years ago, and found out, they were very friendly little bird. I too wish to see some again this fall.
Linth excellent photos of the shore birds.
Margaret, I can't get enough of your colorful birds, I'd love to be surrounded by them.
Duc, lovely photos of the Brewers Blackbird.
Lily it's wonderful that you can see the GBH so close by.
I'm still watching for Warblers Mrs-Ed, I saw a Kinglet yesterday. Couldn't tell if it was the Golden crown or Ruby. Camera wasn't with me at the time.:(
I'm trying to train this Blue Jay to accept peanuts from my hand. He come within a foot of me and grab one on the plate in front of me. And the Chickadees are very friendly too.
I have seven bluebirds that come to the feeder every morning and evening and a few other birds that frequently show up also, including a couple of cardinals. It is not unusual to see the female cardinal feeding alongside the bluebirds. Tonight, just before dark I was surprised to see a fledgling cardinal as well. It has turned very Fall-like here and it seems very late in the season. All the other birds have finished nesting for the year, most of them finished more than a month ago.
It's amazing how much goes on in just a few days on this thread when you haven't had time to visit!
Cute hummers, nanny, on the Hummzinger and Phlox! Congrats on the Warblers!
Linth, fabulous pics of the Egrets, Towhee, Catbird and GB Heron, but the first (black & white) Egret is totally awesome!!
Welcome, pestee42! Congrats on your Bald Eagle sighting! How lucky you are...that's really special!!
You're so right, Resin. The Bald Eagles are definitely expanding their range and it's so wonderful! Many years ago, when I lived in very Northern California, there was a Bald eagle family that used to sit in the trees and watch everybody as we rigged our sailboats to race weekly. It was fun because we could see them right above our heads totally unfazed by us being there.
There are lots of Bald Eagles on the Western edge of Illinois, along the Mississippi River, but it's a many hours drive from home so we've never seen them.
Burn, although all the Nuthatches are friendly, I think the Red-breasted Nuthatches are especially friendly. I once had one land on one of my upside-down suet feeders...while I was filling it!! It just sat there patiently about an inch from my hand looking at me.
Your Blue Jay pics are super! Love your little Chickadee as well. With a little patience, Chickadees have been known to land on people's open hands full of seeds or nuts. I've never tried, but one of these days I will.
Dave, beautiful Cardinal shots! Cardinals can have several broods per year, some of them late. We have juvie Cardinals and Goldfinches all over the yard right now.
Wow, I really got behind. Too many wonderful photos to mention each one but great job everyone!
Here's a pair of Brewer's Blackbirds, a female Red-winged Blackbird, a Northern Flicker, a White-crowned Sparrow that just arrived a few days ago and one of three Yellow Warblers that showed up this morning.
Dave, I, too, hope we can get to meet each other some time this Fall. I'll get in touch with you once the season starts. I understand that there is some action there already. I usually go on the weekend, or a Tuesday, or Thursday. One prerequisite is a reasonably clear day. I have been following (GPS) one Bald Eagle (Hudson) for a number of years and he left his summer residence in northern Quebec and has already arrived at his wintering grounds on the New York - Pa border, i.e. unless freezing weather ultimately drives him farther south. He is now an adult.
duc, beautiful images, as always.
1. Carolina Chickadee
2. Juvenile Female Peregrine Falcon
3. Common Yellowthroat - Thanks, Resin !
4. Little Blue Heron in Flight
5. Little Blue Heron - Eye to Eye !
Linth, love your photos, especially that falcon. That "eye to eye" is so cute.
Hack, love your birds too. Nice catch on the hummer. I've tried getting one like that but no luck so far.
The Northern Flickers have arrived to enjoy the berries.
Here's a pair of the flickers with their eyes on the neighbors fruit trees.
While I was taking this third photo of a flicker, one of the Anna's hummingbirds landed just above it. Guess they're not afraid of the big guy.
Here's a Lesser Goldfinch.
And I had to add this one of another Anna's hummingbirds-I'm feeding 22 of them right now and there's never a dull moment.
This is a female Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. It deeply saddens me to see these birds in the metropolitan area as they've been forced here by habitat destruction in the forest they call home. This one is eating the seeds off a Cape Lilac tree (from South Africa). Even in the metro area they can't find enough native food to thrive.
It's sad that there isn't enough food available for those Cocaktoos, well wishes being sent from me, Margaret. Duc, your pics. of the Northern Flickers, male and female deserve to be on "Birds and Blooms". They're so beautiful. Sorry Nan about your hummers that left to migrate South. May the season will fly by and speeds up their return. I'm still seeing them hummers daily down here.
The Trumpeter Swans have been late in arriving at Patter Marsh this year. A break in the stormy weather started yesterday and now they are starting to arrive in good numbers.
Iíve been too busy to do much bird photography recently. The nursery business is over for the season, and I finally have some free time.
I have a hummer that flew in for today. It is rainy here so I don't think it will be going any where today. Had one on Sunday that I only saw once.
Yay...Bird Watching doesn't require a paid subscription!!! I thought I was going to be out of luck for awhile!! Adding 3 people to our household over the summer has increased our expenses and I thought I was going to be out of luck.
Down the windy ocean this morning I saw a large bird with brown wings when viewed from above. At first I thought it was an osprey. The wingspan looked to be about the same as our birds, but it turned out to be an immature Pacific Gull. First shot, it was being pursued by an Australian Raven,itself a large(ish) bird. Next a top view and then the third as it flew by. Next, a Pied Cormorant, and last, a Silver Gull
Nanny, I hope you see more hummers as they come through your area.
Margaret, sorry to hear about the cockatoos, your photos are all so beautiful. You sure find lots of waterfowl.
Gras, love the swans too. They're so beautiful in flight.
Here's one of at least 40 bushtits that came through the garden.
The northern flickers are here every day and really enjoy the berries.
This starling looked so cute sitting out in the open and watching other birds.
Here's a hermit thrush taking off with a berry.
And a warbling vireo waiting for a turn in the birdbath.
Duc that the best shot I've seen so far of a Warbling Vireo. I also admire how you got the shots of the flicker, showing it's massive strong bill. Beside the berries, it seem he has been digging for bugs as well.
Hope those Black Cockatoo can make the transition and survive. It would be a shame to loose them.
Gary so good to see your post again.
Blue Jay in the ring, Song sparrow, White-throated sparrow.
Nanny, you are the woodpecker queen. Cute Hairy. I agree with your comments about the rescue ducks. If they'd just left them for an hour, they'd have found their own way to water, but despite this, they've done a superb job. Thanks for the link, Pelle.
Wow, GP, the second shot of the bittern is fantastic.
Thanks Margaret and duc...I had to go out for a while and when I came home the Bittern was gone. I was relieved, since I began to wonder if he was injured, just sitting the the shrub for such a long time.
gardenpom wrote:Thanks Margaret and duc...I had to go out for a while and when I came home the Bittern was gone. I was relieved, since I began to wonder if he was injured, just sitting the the shrub for such a long time.
Probably lost on migration. Sitting still and using its excellent camouflage is its way of hoping you didn't see it - I'd guess it flew off as soon as it was sure you weren't looking its way any more.
Amazing the way they have their eyes on their chin. Good for looking down for fish.
Starting to see more birds the last few days. I also have my first Buntings this Fall. So far 1 male Painted, 1 female Painted and1 male Indigo Bunting. Saw a beautiful Baltimore Oriole fly by. I'll have a few pics later.
i had my first Junco on October 2, but have not seen one since.
I've been pretty much MIA lately, but still lurkingÖ Here are a few pics I've taken in the past few weeks (sorry for the grainy, high ISO!)
1. Dark-eyed Junco (first of season)
2. Juvie Yellow-bellied sapsucker vs. House sparrow.
3. Yellow-rumped (myrtle) warbler. I had a bunch of these this year!
4. Common Flicker
4. Cedar Waxwing and Robin
Oh, wow. I haven't checked in for a while, so I had quite a treat waiting for me. Wonderful photos everyone!
Duc, The CA Quail is gorgeous! Fantastic capture. That White-crowned Sparrow you posted on Sep 24 posed adorably. I am so enjoying all of your Northern Flicker shots, especially the one on Oct 11 showing off that vibrantly colored tail. The Mocker on that same day is in beautiful light! Love that shot. The Hermit Thrush in flight is an awesome capture.
Nanny, Those Red-breasted Nuthatches are so cute! Cool to see the Hairy Woodpecker and that cute litte Blue Bird.
Kim, Cool to see that GBHeron all fluffed up.
Mrs. Ed, Nice shot of the Palm Warbler! I love the variety you posted on Oct 16th. Great catch on the interaction between the Sapsucker and Sparrow. You had to be quick on the draw to get that one! And it must be quite a treat to see the Cedar Waxwings. They are such beautiful and unique looking birds. They come through here, but donít stay in any one place very long.
Linth, Beautiful photos! The cormorant with the beautiful water and reflection is my favorite of the first Sept 18 series, but I also really like to see the birds in habitat as in your last image of that series. Iím curious about the first image in your second series on Sept 18. Everything about it looks like a Great Egret except the bill color. The bill color looks like a juvi white morph of the Reddish Egret. But, that would be rare in MD, right? If itís the same bird as in the second photo, then it is probably just weird lighting or maybe a muddy bill?
Burn, Cute shot of that Blue Jay with his peanut. They do love them. My Dad used to feed birds by hand when he worked in his vegetable garden every morning. He walked up and down each aisle and checked each plant, removing worms and bugs and held them out in his hand. Usually it was Robins that would get them, but Mockingbirds would play too. I love that shot on Oct 15 with the Robin and the berry. Beautiful bird and cute pose!
Dave, Cool to see the Cardinals and especially the feeding behavior with the fledgling.
Hack, Cute little chickadee patiently waiting for a refill on that feeder! ^_^
Margaret, As always, I love seeing the birds you post since I will likely never see them except in a zoo, if that. That Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is a beautiful bird! I hope, as Resin suggests, that it will adapt and do well. Interesting how that Honeyeater sort of blends into that flowering tree. I had never even heard of a Sacred Kingfisher, so had to look it up. Interesting bird! It prefers to nest in termite mounds! Strange.
Gary, Another bird I donít see - those Trumpeter Swans are so beautiful.
Great recap Patti, I haven't many pic. to share but have been enjoyed everyone's sharings on this thread--indeed a nice treat. Thanks all. In our backyard I haven't seen any Juncos, or Warblers, nor various Sparrows yet. However, I've seen some yellow...or those could be pines warblers on the mountain when DH ran his half marathon this past weekend. There, while I stayed and cheered hubby on the run, I spotted many different birds, and was so thrilled to have captured a glimpse of this male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. It could be a juvie? For the red 'bib' on its chest was smaller than what I remembered seeing them in years past. Oh, BTW, there are many Phoebes singing in our area this time of the year.
Happy birding everyone, keep those gorgeous photos coming please.
I got behind again but glad more and more of you are discovering more birds in your area. Loved all the photos.
My dark-eyed juncos finally arrived too.
This is the first eagle I've seen in a month.
Here's a northern flicker that is an intergrade. Most of our flickers have the red malar (mustache).
More and more great blue herons are showing up on the lake.
Last one is a black phoebe.
Wait, wait, may I please post one more comment and pic. before someone will start a new thread please. Duc, I'm so glad you've mentioned of the intergrade Northern Flicker. For most of what I've seen apparently are the intergrade ones. When I saw your red malar flickers on previous posts I was be-puzzled. lol
Here is and example of a flicker that I often see down here. Never have I seen one with a red malar around here.
Patti, you commented on the first Great Egret photo (Post #9279527). I actually altered the image to Black and White in post processing. I do that sometimes if the original image is lacking proper color. You are right about the Reddish Egret. It would be extremely rare to see one in Maryland.
Resin, I will be happy to start a new thread unless someone beats me to it. Just give me some time to set it up. The last couple of times that I have tried to post, I have had problems. After preparing the message, I hit Preview and it prepares the message to send. However, my original comments are missing underneath in case I wanted to make any corrections. I then hit Send and nothing happened ?