Spring is finally here. The grass is green, the flowering trees are blooming, there are violets, bluebells, tulips and daffodils. Just being outside brings a smile to my face. This afternoon I just couldn’t resist an opportunity to enjoy our beautiful spring weather. So after work I grabbed my camera and headed out to see if I could get a few bird photos.
High up in the trees was a group of four turkey vultures. They have to be one of the ugliest birds there is, but I am so fascinated by them. They are so creepy, but there is also an amazing beauty to them.
There were lots of small birds feeding on the ground and in the low brush. I was really excited to spot a new-to-me bird. This clay-colored sparrow looks like any other sparrow from a distance, but the beautiful tans and browns really stand out in this photo.
I can’t wait to get out there again!
I was only gone a week, and up returning I find that not only have the owlets hatched, they are half grown:)
It was another beautiful day for birding in Alabama!
Birding has been slow according to most of the very plentiful birders I have talked to. For me, it really doesn’t matter. I have enjoyed the beautiful weather and the opportunity to relax and be outside. One of the main birding areas on the island is directly across from where I am staying. So, each day I have been able to visit the area several different times during the day. This morning when I was taking in the the quiet beauty of the trails I noticed a slight movement in a cavity of a tree. After observing the area several times during the day I finally was able to figure out what the movement was…..a raccoon!
Although this cute guy was the most unusual thing I saw today, I did see a few birds along the trails.
Later in the day I went to the harbor and took some photos of some of the shore birds that were hanging out on the rocks.
Finally, I went out to a marsh area near the Dauphin Island airport. It was a wonderful way to end another beautiful day.
Today was such a beautiful day! There were bright blue skies and the temperature was a perfect 80 degrees. Unfortunately birding was very slow. According to the birding experts that I talked with today, it is because there has been a northerly wind the past few days. Apparently, that makes a difference in whether or not the migrating birds stop by. Even though things were slow, I did spot some beautiful birds!
Normally I don’t post photos that I am not happy with, but I am making an exception with this one. This peregrine falcon was perched high in a tree with his back to me and I had to face into the sun to get a shot. The man who pointed out the falcon said that it likes that spot and can be seen there periodically. I came by later in the afternoon in hopes of getting a better shot, but he wasn’t there. Maybe tomorrow??