Saturday, May 5, 2018

Yates Mill and Mid Pines Road

                                                                                                        Since it has been years since I have been to Yates Mill and I actually FORGOT MY CAMERA the last time, it was definitely time to head back. Word on the street was that there were a lot of warblers seen here in the last week. Before those temperatures creep higher as we head toward summer, now seemed the opportune time to hit the trail.

I was immediately greeted by this friendly Eastern Wood Pee Wee.
Nice Phoebe posing for me.

I had never photographed an Indigo Bunting before
so I was glad to get a willing subject this time.

Here's a lifer for me although not a great shot: Common Yellowthroat.
I really toiled over the ID of this one, but the total lack or wingbars or any really distinguishing
features and the fact that it was in the same area seconds before makes me think
that it is the female Common Yellowthroat.

Now look at this! I assumed this was only the ubiquitous Carolina Wren, but it's lack of spots on the wings and unusual posture on the tree trunk plus the fact that fellow birder Alan told me that these were in the area, lead me to believe this is a Swainson's Warbler! What a lucky find! Lifer!

Here's the Carolina Wren just for contrast and comparison.
They are very similar, but have some key differences.
Also, I heard the Swainson's song on the trail.

A fellow birder who I met on the trail suggested I head up the road to Mid Pines Road which is  literally only 3 tenths of a mile away, so why not?
Eastern Meadowlark alerted me to his presence
with his pretty song.
These Eastern Kingbirds were everywhere. I thought they were
Tree Swallows, but the white on the tail gives them away.
A couple of pretty girls met me near the road between
pastures of the Ag Lands at NC State. 😆

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Feelin' Like Fall

Not much doing after a hecky durn hot summer.  First hint of fall weather and I'm out on the trails again. This time I met the Wake Audubon group at Joyner Park in Wake Forest.  I was curious to see if the group was able to see anything worthwhile as previously the only thing noteworthy I had seen there was Eastern Meadowlark.

Besides all the regular bluebirds and mockingbirds, we happened upon Blue Grosbeak and a lifer for me, Prairie Warbler.

The all-important identifying photo!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Birding at Sandy Creek Park

I decided to join the Wake Audubon bird walk at Sandy Creek Park in Durham at the last minute on a Sunday morning.  What a lovely place and quite birdy. We spotted many Great Blue Herons on the pond and in a roost atop some pines, what we can only guess was a Female Common Merganser, Wood Ducks, Mallards (to our disappointment), Red Wing Blackbirds, a Tree Swallow, but best of all, a special appearance and subsequent performance by a Prothonotary Warbler who landed in a tree right in front of us. Very nice experience and I will look forward to trying out Sandy Creek again, but next time I will remember bug spray.  I got some awesome chigger bites to remember it by. But worth it for two lifers!

Surprise Find at Home

I saw two Cedar Waxwings in the newly planted willow tree in my front yard and managed to get a photo of one before he flew off. What a treat! I've never seen one, let alone two, and never imagined I would see one in my front yard.

New Digs

Its been a couple of years since I last posted but the birding continues (albeit sporadically).  I moved from a house in the country/suburbs to another house in the country/another suburb and have gotten used to the birds that frequent my new yard with its mostly pine tree habitat. I see flocks of species whereas I used to only see one or two specimens.  Lots of Robins, Brown Headed Nuthatch, Chipping Sparrow, Brown Headed Cowbird, House Finches, and quite a few Northern Flicker which I never saw in my previous yard. One feature of my new home is its front porch with a western exposure that sports a nice sunshade.  When rolled up, it creates a neat pocket that the house finches can't seem to resist as a nesting area.  Last year, we had five separate couples that hatched out babies in the same spot! This year as of early June, there have already been two sets of house finch broods that have hatched out! I see them everyday through my living room window. I have a 'bird's eye view" as it were.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Christmas Birds at Lettuce Lake

Back to Florida to see the fam for Christmas and it's always good to get a little birding in.
The weather was unusually drab even for Florida in the dead of winter, but we had one lovely day at Lettuce Lake Park, one of our old haunts outside of Tampa.  The birds (and turtles and gators and tourists) were out in droves even in the middle of the afternoon.  I had some fabulous finds and bagged a few birds that I've had trouble photographing in the past.  Finally got my Roseate Spoonbill in the wild!

Hello, Northern Parula!  I hear them every time I go to Florida,
but have never been quick enough to catch one on film!

 Never been this close before to get this good a picture of a Pied Billed Grebe.

Total surprise to see this Yellow Crowned Night Heron
sitting in a tree right next to the boardwalk. That's a lifer for me!

Oh, Rosie, you're so rosy!

Many Limpkins were out and about.
AND… a BLACK Crowned Night Heron! Another lifer!
 I had misidentified this as a Yellow Crowned Night Heron and almost overlooked him!

Birthday Birds

A birthday trip to Scotland Neck's Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park with best birding pal, G was as much fun as you can have at my age! We grow tired of hunting the birds and only seeing the usual suspects so it's nice to be guaranteed to see birds and lots of them! I took about 400 photos so I'm only choosing our favorites from the day.

The Wood Ducks are my favorites.  This photo almost looks like a painting!

I don't know what this is, but he has such an angry look about him, he became one of my favorites.

This was an Australian Crested Something. Pigeon, Pheasant, Dove?

I have no earthly idea! From Africa, I think.

Birthday girl having fun feeding the parakeets.

I should just call her the Birdwoman!