Thursday, December 15, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
Cedar Waxwings, Eakin Park, Annandale, VA. Dec 2005. There were about a dozen and a half of these cedar waxwings feeding in this vine covered tree. We got even better looks at them, but my camera battery had died by then. Still, the first recognizable (I think they're recognizable) pics of a cedar waxwing that I've had, so I'm happy. They're such elegant and beautiful birds.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Black vulture, Fairfax Co., VA. Nov 2005. I was on the way home from a birding expedition with Northern VA Bird Club at the Occoquan Bay NWR and saw two black vultures sitting in a tree in my neighborhood. Went home and got this picture of one of them. They were totally unconcerned with the traffic going by them.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Reddish Egret. Galveston, TX, October 2005. While I was scanning all the standing birds to see what was there, I noticed the antics of this reddish egret. I'd never seen one before and, being used to the stately strides of the herons, I couldn't believe the frantic dashes of the egret.
Monday, October 03, 2005
We drove to Maine in September, staying in Ogunquit, Camden, Bar Harbor and Seal Cove along the coast. I managed to do a bit of birding. On the way back, we stopped in Cape May, NJ for a wonderful two nights. I managed birdwalks on both mornings while we were there. Pictures from the trip follow.
Totem, Higbee Beach WMA, Cape May, NJ. Sept 2005. Someone carved this face in a dead tree along the beach. That's the rest of our bird group in the background. On this walk, I saw a black-throated blue warbler, a black-and-white warbler and a flock of bobolinks flying overhead, along with others I've seen before, such as northern flickers (a lot of them) and an American redstart.
Great Blue Heron, Eagle Lake, Acadia NP, Sept 2005. After Fred finished his run around the lake, he picked me up on Cadillac Mtn (see next picture) and we went back to stroll a bit around the lake. We didn't see much in the nature of wildlife, but it is SUCH a beautiful place. This heron did let us watch it for several minutes, at times much closer than in this picture.
Hawk watch, Cadillac Mtn, Acadia NP, ME. Sept 2005. I joined the annual Hawk Watch atoop Cadillac while Fred went for a run along Eagle Lake in the Park. We didn't see a whole lot of hawks. Consensus (I didn't see any of them well enough to identify) was several sharp-shinned, two kestrels, two merlins, some osprey, a hummingbird (I did see that one--it flew right past us on the top of the mountain!), some vultures. While at the top, I also saw an eastern towhee and a black-capped chickadee.
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Monday, June 06, 2005
Green Heron, Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, VA. Breakfast. In addition to this beauty and the other birds pictured below, we saw a pileated woodpecker, a redbellied woodpecker, a red-shouldered hawk, three bluebirds, a ruby throated hummingbird, numerous Canada geese and redwinged blackbirds, an Eastern phoebe, cardinals, two killdeer, tree swallows, barn swallows and mallards. The group also saw some American black ducks, which I unfortunately missed! One of my few trips to Huntley without a new bird.
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Great Blue Heron & lunch? Occoquan Water Treatment Plant Dam, VA. We watched this heron struggle with this immense catch for quite awhile while some human fishermen looked on enviously. We left before he had figured out what to do with it.