I have just gotten (somewhat) settled in my new apartment. That is, I’m living in a sea of boxes but everything has been carried over from the old place & keys turned in so yes technically I am moved. There is still a long way to go before I get everything unpacked and feel like it’s really home but it is getting there. Slowly.
My new apartment is right near a nature preserve which is awesome – I can just walk a block and go right in. I did a preliminary excursion in there to scope everything out and see what there was to see. Lots of flocks of little birds like house sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers were out and about feeding on the insects and seeds in the tall grasses. Part of the preserve is being restored to natural prairie which is pretty cool. A pair of sandhill cranes were walking through that area picking up tasty morsels as they moved.
The highlight of the trip was a gorgeous bluebird who posed on a birdhouse in the prairie restoration area. Handsome little thing was such a brilliant shade of blue – it was a lot of fun to see him.
As fall migration continues my goal is of course to add species to my life-list but for now I am just content getting settled and getting to know the paths in the area near my new place. The fall colors are becoming spectacular so I am also looking forward to some great scenery photo opportunities in the near future. Here are some of the pictures I took on my walk: