Spring Really is My Fav Time of Year

This morning was absolutely gorgeous – low 60’s with a light breeze to keep off the bugs. I couldn’t resist going out for some birding since the last week has been continuously rainy and unpleasant. There were a few other people around but not so many as to be a distraction or otherwise scare away my quarry. I got to add four more species to my life list which always seems to make a trip worthwhile. 🙂 New species included Yellow Warbler, Pine Warbler, Red-headed Woodpecker and Chipping Sparrow. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the excursion:

Chipping Sparrows

Chipping Sparrows

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Pine Warbler

Pine Warbler

Red-headed Woodpecker

Male Red-headed Woodpecker

Male Goldfinch

Male Goldfinch

Common Loon

Common Loon

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Male Cardinal

Male Cardinal

Female Downy Woodpecker

Female Downy Woodpecker

Birds as Models

Well, birds are some of the most beautiful subjects you can photograph ^_^ . Stumbled across this set of photos where the photographer wanted to shoot birds as someone might shoot models. The birds, injured and recovering though they may be, look absolutely stunning against a velvety black background.

Red tailed hawk by Bob Croslin

Dragonflies are Tasty

I have been making an attempt to get out more, in terms of like not staying inside at my computer all day every day. I am also trying to get beyond my super amateur birder status so I am practicing identifying birds in the field as much as I can. A friend and I went to try and see Bald Eagles along the river at a birding hotspot. Unfortunately for us the eagles were not out and about much which was a bit of a disappointment. We did see three juveniles but they were quite a long ways off. We also saw one adult soaring above the trees but again, at a great distance. My goal for the day had originally been to be close enough to see their striking eyes so that is something I will have to pursue another time.

However, we had great luck along the river with other bird species. I for one greatly enjoyed watching the Cedar Waxwings near the dam. They were flying and looping and twittering all over the place while they caught insects above the water. They would return to the trees hanging over the water and eat their catch. The flock was easily ten individuals or more all hunting together right in front of my viewing concrete slab. I have never seen Cedar Waxwings in person before and they were spectacular. Their feathers didn’t look like feathers – more like a velvet cloth. I was not able to get a very detailed photo of them which was a major bummer for me. I took quite a few pictures of some of the other birds along the water though. Along with the Cedar Waxwings, we were able to document Double Crested Cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Turkey Vultures, Herring Gulls, Canadian Geese, a couple of random crows hanging out on the beach.

Enjoy! 🙂

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