Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Our Travels as Seen from the Navigator Seat....

 Well, I shot over 5000 images on our 5,000 mile trip. We traveled from Ohio to Canyonland in Utah, then on to visit our son & family in Southern California. From there, we went southeast through Arizona,  New Mexico and Texas. David drove every single mile. I offered to drive, but he assured me he was quite happy with me being navigator/photographer. 
Just for fun, here are some of the shots I took through the drivers side window. 

Milky Way at Arches National Park and White Sands National Park

Just returned from  a 5,000 mile trip in our RV out west. More later, but here's a couple of  Milky Way shots.

Milky Way at Arches National Park

Milky Way at White Sands National Park

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Fox Kits at Magee Marsh

The stars of the show at Magee this year were not birds!
Instead, these adorable Fox Kits stole all of the attention.  Their den was located on the Estuary Trail and visitors ooohhhed and ahhhed over the babies.
Who could not stop to take a look?

CJ Brown and Old Reid Birds Today....

 A few favorites from CJ Brown and Old Reid today.
One of my favorite parts of my outtings is helping new wildlife watchers to see the natural world. It was fun showing a couple of hikers the beauty of the bird world!

Wood Duck Family

Northern Parula

American Redstart Warbler

Orchard Oriole

House Wren

Northern Water Thrush

Northern Oriole

Turkey Vultures

Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers making more gnatcatchers

Song Sparrow taking home a beakful to the chicks

Great Crested Flycatcher

Yellow Warbler

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Snowy Egret at Old Reid Park

     There was an unusual visitor to Old Reid on Monday.....a Snowy Egret!
While not a rare sighting, even during migration, Snowy Egrets don't often stop here in Clark County, so it was a treat to watch this one in our own local park. 

    Wind storms, snow storms and other weather activities sometimes drive birds like this Snowy Egret off of their regular migration routes. Here's the map showing their regular and migrational ranges from Cornell's All About Birds site:

Yesterday, the Snowy perched on logs and waded in the shallows at Old Reid. It tried to hang out with the resident Great Blue Heron. When the Great Blue flew to another area of the ponds and landed on a shallow rock bar, the Snowy Egret followed and tried to stay with it. The Snowy Egret's much smaller size can be seen here. 

We checked last evening, and did not see the Snowy at Old doubt, it is off to join up with fellow Snowys heading to migrational grounds!


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Bats!! is  #batappreciationday 

When David and I were doing our Buck Creek drive through on Wednesday night at sunset, I pulled over at the Coyote Run parking area to watch a bat flitting over the parking area. It seemed to stay directly over the road and asphalt. 

After watching a few minutes, we figured out that the sky above the road was filled with insects (likely midges). Because the road absorbed the heat, the air over the road was apparently warmer; creating a feast for the bat. A second bat joined, and I did grab a few shots. Not the best pics, but you get the idea. 

The first pic is a collage of the best, and the separate original pics are also posted. The last pic is focused on the bugs that the bats were eating. 

Disclaimer.....I'm a fan of bats as long as they stay up there where they belong! When I got out of the car to photograph them, I was hoping that they wouldn't come down to visit me! LOL.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Spring Birds at Old Reid and CJ Brown.....

 David, Gracie and I did a little hike around Old Reid and CJ Brown today. Some of our looks....

Our helper...Gracie.