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??
For spring break this year I decided to travel to Dauphin Island, Alabama to photograph some birds. Dauphin Island is a birding hotspot, so I hope that I will have an opportunity to photograph some beautiful birds.
I started the day exploring the layout of the island and planning what to do first. I decided to check out the east beach and when I arrived, there were four people out in the beach meadow with their cameras and binoculars. One of the men in the group waved me over so he could point out what they were looking at, a scissor-tailed flycatcher. What a beautiful bird! I had never even heard of this bird and I really enjoyed watching it perform its acrobatics!
I also saw two scarlet tanagers right where I am staying. One was a juvenile male and his coloring amazing!
This blue grosbeak was busy eating berries in a field by the beach. He allowed me to follow him and I got a variety of great shots.
I plan on heading out bright and early tomorrow morning. I wonder what I will see?
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?
It was a beautiful day here in the mid-west, and I couldn’t resist getting out to enjoy the weather. I decide to explore a new spot, the Morrison-Rockwood State Park in Morrison, Illinois. It is about a 50 minute drive from my house, which gave me an opportunity to reflect on my work day as I drove there. Finding the park was a bit of a challenge, but once I got there I was pleasantly surprised by the large lake and both woodland and prairie areas to explore. I definitely will have to come back when I have more time to see what the park has to offer. While I was there, I was excited to get a shot of this cute American tree sparrow. This is a new-to-me bird, and another sparrow to check off of my list.