Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pennsylvania Birds

Just a couple spotted on the mountain north of Williamsport, PA:  a yellow throated vireo and what appears to be a fox sparrow.

Birds in DC

Visited DC and spotted some pretty typical birds for an urban area.  The house sparrows, of course, are a DC institution as they are everywhere, but what fun photographing this flock right across the street from the White House in Lafayette Park.  Got some great shots since they are accustomed to people and will come right up to you.

These mallards and this cormorant were spotted in the Constitution Garden pond on the way to the Vietnam Memorial.

Have you ever seen a black squirrel?  I never had until I saw this one in Lafayette Park!  What a beautiful silky coat. Not afraid of people either.

Last but not least, a variation of a rock dove I haven't seen before. Near the Washington Monument.

Long Hot Summer

Not much new to see this summer.  We had a whole month of near 100 degree weather and the birdies were laying low like the rest of us.  Here is a nice shot of Pileated Woodpeckers through my kitchen window.  Of course, we got the typical birds we have throughout the year: chickadees, tufted titmouse, white breasted nuthatch, some cardinals.  This fellow visited the yard in May.  I think he's a pine warbler.