This Birding Day started off gloomy, with rain coming down. It has been a while since we've had a gross rainy weekend, so I took advantage of the fact I'd probably be inside all day and I cleaned, did laundry, cared for the critters, and made plans to make a pie, because- really, why not. If I had my way, every day would be National Pie Day.
Around noon the rain stopped, and with a check of the weather it looked like it might not rain till later on in the day- so to avoid being stuck inside all day long, I got my butt out the door and walked to the park-- after I participated in a participatory budget vote for our district, hoping my vote helps to get the park a new "Lake Mess Monster." The LMM is a big, mean, green machine that flats atop the lake, and picks of large items, that gross algae, among I'm sure other things-- a Coney Island whitefish or two, I'm sure - yuck.
By 3pm, the sun was peeking out with some blue sky showing through the clouds- so a successful National Birding Day it was - and now to celebrate the day with photos and pie! Enjoy:
|When they fly, boy are they loud - they are like the cargo planes of the bird world, big, clunky, and slow-- the mute swan in flight.|
|Very happy to find this large bull frog, I was hoping to see a frog and if you are quiet and walk slow to the shore, near the reeds, you can usually find one!|
|An American coot appears to be blasting off, but he is really just the only bird in the area of the pink beach, sailing across an undisturbed surface.|
|I'm not sure who spooked who, but we both were startled to be in such close proximity to one another. We both played it cool, I snapped a few pictures, while this mourning dove pretended like he meant to do that.|
|In one area of the Lullwater there were Blue-grey gnatcatchers, pine warbler, a hairy wood pecker, with mourning doves and grackles in the leaf littler and this little ruby-crowned kinglet zipping about, foraging among newly budded leaves.|