It has been awhile! Looking at my last post I was surprised at how long it has been since I have been birding. Sure, I have been out a few times in my area, but never got anything worth posting. However, this little gem is definitely blog worthy:-)
My husband is a farmer, and so the majority of my Mother’s Days he has been in the fields. My youngest son helps him on the weekends, so generally my Mother’s Day is spent alone (I really don’t mind:) This year the forecast was for a beautiful, warm day, so I decided to go birding. I have been wanting to check out Cone Marsh, which is just outside of Conesville, Iowa. It took me about 90 minutes to get there. The area consists of two lakes, and several marsh areas. There is a gravel road that encloses the area and there are a couple of parking areas. The only real place to hike is along the dike. It was a good thing that I visited in the spring, because the weeds along the dike were already about thigh high. I know that the weeds don’t get mowed, so I don’t think I will be getting back there until next winter.
During the morning hours there was a lot of bird activity. It was fun to watch the warblers flit about, but they certainly are hard to capture!
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??