Sparrows Everywhere!

The stress of trying to move while dealing with school and work has been getting to me so I knew if I could get my lazy butt out of bed this morning for some birding it would help me feel better. I haven’t been doing the things I love lately (like birding)  because of my stress level but by not birding and other things the stress seems worse. This morning’s birding session was all about getting back to the basics and decompressing. The trip was cold but absolutely gorgeous with the low rising sun peeking through the trees. There were mixed flocks of sparrows, finches, cardinals and others everywhere so the trip was a fruitful one. There had been a Harris’ sparrow rumored to be in the area but he did not make an appearance for me this morning. I did however get a new species for my lifelist, White-Crowned Sparrow, which was awesome. Additionally the White-Throated Sparrows and the Song Sparrows were extremely cooperative and posed for many photos. I had a lot of fun just watching all of them jostling around and picking at tasty bits on the trail. I’m so glad I went out this morning – I really needed this reset to help prepare for the upcoming week.

Here are some of my favorite shots from the day.

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Mr. Bluebird

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:

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The Monday Shovel Hurts My Face

So yeah, it’s Monday and I feel like I’m in a bit of a fugue state. I think with everything going on (work, school and moving) that I have fried my brain synapses – I keep catching myself staring off into space. Monday you heartless bastard *shakes fist*.

I did a little bit of birding yesterday just as a sort of mental health break before returning to packing. I did add one new species to my list, a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. The warblers that were my target for the morning did not materialize but I got to watch a Sandhill Crane family feeding which was worth the trip. The day was so overcast it resulted in sub-par photos so I don’t really have anything to share with y’all that I think is worth viewing. Hopefully next time. Though as the date to moving looms ever closer it is harder and harder to do fun things like biriding and just more of shoving books into boxes. I have a lot of books apparently. A LOT of books. I’m running out of space in my living room area to keep the boxes.

Crisp Fall Morning

I guess I can now officially say fall since the first day of the fall season happened this weekend. I’m not sure I’m ready for fall though because that means winter is that much closer. Fall however has my favorite holidays and some of the best food hands-down.

The tree colors haven’t really started to turn in our area yet but there of hints of it around. I’m looking forward to seeing more migratory birds as the seasons change even more. I didn’t stay out too long because of the chill and because I know I’m still fighting off some sort of plague. A new plague I am pretty sure I picked up from the family. Thanks a lot family. :/

There were several flocks of Canadian Geese and Sandhill cranes that flew over as I was walking. If you haven’t ever heard the Sandhill Crane’s call check out this link here. I find it to be an interesting throaty gurgle.