Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Gorgeous fog and a nice walk

I thought that it was not going to be a particularly pretty day in the park.  It was quite foggy, sort of chilly, it had rained earlier....... but I suited up and headed up to the meeting point.  I got a bit of a late start so I had to walk fast - what a mistake!  The park was ~~gorgeous~~ in the fog in the late morning light.  I was so sad that I had to walk fast, I wanted an hour or so to just wander around and take some gorgeous scenic pictures.  It felt like moving through a movie landscape, dripping with romance and drama.  I was surprised not to see people shooting.

Anyway, the robin's nest by the meeting point has chicks!  I see two beaks in this picture.  They are not in the cute stage yet.  They are more in the "...what ...what is that ~thing~?!?!" stage.

American Robin Hatchlings
 There were again several yellow-rumped warblers.  This one came right over!  I love it when they get friendly.
Yellow-rumped Warbler
We did not see as many woodpeckers today as usual.  This yellow-bellied sapsucker and a couple of red-bellied woodpeckers were it.  

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

 A hermit thrush allowed a picture, the wood thrushes did not.  I really wanted this to be a Swainson's.
Hermit Thrush
 This female cardinal came over closer and closer, she really seemed like she wanted to land on one of us.  I'm guessing she's been fed..........
Northern Cardinal
 This great crested flycatcher was a treat!  He was in a high treetop near the feeders, many thanks to the person who pointed it out to our group.  And to David for pointing out that I had mislabeled this bird so that I could correct it - check out his blog!
Great Crested Flycatcher
 We saw several (okay, 4) eastern towhees, they generally don't like pictures but they are just so handsome.
Eastern Towhee
 And a beehive!  I checked where the beehive was last year (2 years ago?) and it was not there.  But when we were leaving that area I noticed all the bee activity at this hole, so maybe they just moved!  Well I have no idea whether it's the same bees or not, but it looks like there is a hive there.  It turned out to be quite a nice walk!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for your posts Jennifer. I had emergency surgery about a week after I last saw you and am now recuperating and slowly gaining my energy back. Your photos make me feel as though I have not missed so much and I really appreciate that. Great Work, Eileen