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!
American Black Duck
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.
Great Crested Flycatcher
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 I went to the beach. It was such a beautiful day that I could have stayed out there all day! The beach was very quiet first thing in the morning an watching the sunrise was amazing!
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??
The past ten days or so have been extremely dreary. The clouds were socked in, and we got a lot of rain. The worst part was that it was cold too! But, finally the sun came out yesterday. It felt so good just to be outside; it didn’t matter what you were doing. With a forecast of another week of cloudy, rainy days, the sensible part of me won, and I spent the whole afternoon doing yard work. However, there were a few birds that were brave enough to stop by my backyard feeders even though I was invading their space.
I also took a few minutes to check on the nesting great horned owl. She was in her usual spot, however, I noticed that she was sitting a bit higher than she usually is. Could it be that she has some new owlets?
Great Horned Owl