Posts Tagged sparrows
It was a lovely morning for a long walk in the woods of Ridley Creek State Park. I got out there at 10 am (yeah, I know…) and spent about three and a half hours wandering. It is a good way to clear the head.
As you can tell by now, I am not the best photographer. I’ve been too lazy to learn all the settings for my camera, to poor to get Photoshop (and too busy to figure out how to use it), not to mention I have poor eyesight and shaky hands. No matter. I take pictures anyway. But today would’ve been a good day to be fast and steady with the camera, because lots of little creatures kindly made themselves available for a photo shoot.
Check out the eyes (click for enlargement):
I really like Baltimore Orioles and their cheery whistling. Here are some pics:
Ovenbirds are easy to hear (“teacher teacher Teacher Teacher TEACHER!”), but not so easy to see. But today one very kindly made himself available.
Being still relatively new to birding, I hadn’t seen a Kentucky Warbler before this morning. I took about 70 shots of this guy, but “Old Shaky Hands” only came away with a few slightly worthy ones. Too bad, because this kind of closeup does not seem to happen every day.
I thought this was a nice shot of a Veery:
And, just because I like ’em, an Eastern Towhee:
Around here, it’s finally getting to be warbler time. We saw our first Pine Warblers around these parts a few days ago and our first Palm Warblers today. I know other birders in the area have seen warblers before us, but the first ones you see for yourself are always fun. Some pics…
These were taken at Tyler Arboretum.
This was one of the 4 we saw this afternoon at Okehocking Preserve.
We, of course, see lots of other birds. Here are a few favorites:
(I can’t help it. I’m addicted to TV…Turkey Vultures, that is.)
First up, from the Ridley Creek Bridle Trail, a female Downy Woodpecker posing for the camera:
Next up, a beautiful Eastern Bluebird:
How about a Fox Sparrow?
Or a Red Tailed Hawk, perched?
A Carolina Wren…perhaps looking you right in the eye?
Not impressed yet? How about a Gray Catbird? Sure, dime a dozen…but not in February! (We’ve been seeing them in various places over the last few weeks, one at a time except for today, when we saw three together.)
[GRCA Okehocking, 2/21/12 4:30 pm]
If that weren’t enough, last week we saw a Northern Parula! Sorry, no pic. I was too busy trying to i.d a bird that shouldn’t’ve been there, so you will have to take our word for it. But whether you do or don’t, spring is coming, and these seasonal rarities will be beautifully abundant and abundantly beautiful!