Goldy and I participated in last weekend’s Great Backyard Bird Count. Our yard yielded Painted Buntings, American Robins, and Goldy’s finches
A cloudy morning on Lust Road yielded most of the specialty birds, most of whom posed on fences! Silly birds…
A nice morning at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yielded my lifer Merlin and a Vesper Sparrow
A mixed flock of American Robins and Cedar Waxwings gorged themselves on a berry tree in my parents’ backyard. A fun challenge to photograph!
Springtime birds at Circle B…American Robins, the Barred Owl, Swamp Sparrows, and a huge flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers!
I saw my lifer Western Kingbird with my dad on a bird exploration expedition. It was a fun morning!
I keep hearing and seeing flocks of American Robins at Circle B, and today I heard them flying over our house, too. It seems like the birds fly very high in the fall, so you don’t really see them and you’re lucky to hear them. In the springtime they seem to come down a little closer, and then finally flocks will cover our oak tree and spread berries all over the yard. So seeing them today makes me realize we’re getting closer to spring. Isn’t it funny how it feels cold enough to seem like “the middle of winter”, yet the birds are already starting springtime migration and nesting?
Rich and I decided to take a week off this spring to go to Callaway Gardens to see the azaleas. With the cold winter and early spring rain, the bloom was supposed to be spectacular. It’s also very late – so the Callaway Azalea Watch was very helpful in planning our trip. The Mountain Creek Inn was full, so we ended up renting a cottage. It was really nice. We were right inside the gardens, and we woke every morning to bird song. One of my favorite things about Callaway is seeing flowers and plants that like colder weather, so I can’t grow them in Florida. The flower beds were accented with pansies and tulips and daffodils. I took this picture in Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden in the morning while the gardeners were watering the flowers. The water droplets add a fun effect. Rich asked me to take a tulip picture for his mom, and once I started trying to get good close-ups, I had trouble stopping. Squirt says I should have gotten more close-ups of pansies while I was at it. Of course, the real reason we went this week was to see the azaleas. Callaway has several azalea […]
Robins! In the fall it seems as if they migrate very high, and we only hear them from a distance. But in the spring they come down and hang out in the oak trees. It’s fun to have them around!
This robin spent some time hanging out in the crape myrtle tree in our bay window this afternoon. It’s the first robin I’ve seen up close this season. This picture was actually taken through our blinds…not bad, huh?