Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Happy blue

Nothing exciting till I got to the big meadow. I saw a flash of blue. Blue???!! Oh boy, indigo bunting. Just one trouble, the meadow was a field of oozy mud, squishy deep mud. But there's the indigo bunting. For a closer look shoes are expendable. Besides maybe a mud foot treatment is good.  Approach slowly. Too fast and the bunting would have vanished. I got a bit closer and bunting disappeared. And reappeared as a female oriole.
Oriole flew off, but in tree in back two orioles were dining. This was getting to be fun despite the mud.
Indigo bunting came back. It knew I was watching. If ever a bird decided to pose this was it, but I didn't get close. I've never before seen an indigo bunting with this coloration. I've only seen the solid blazing blue. This must be a non-breeding bird, young?
It posed for about ten minutes then flew into the brush and disappeared. I waited in the mud another twenty minutes, but didn't see it again.  Sweet, sensational experience.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lovey dovey

From our lobby, saw movement, looked down, a vision of loveliness, a young dove taking in the sunshine, interesting lighting in the leaves, dappled. The dove didn't know I was watching. Shot through window. Gentle and beautiful.
This is what had caught my eye, robin parent into nest, missed this till now. To be continued.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Oriole time

Oh, oriole time
and down in the water a domestic mallard
Worms down below
Oriole looking for food too, bugs
                                                Springtime activity.... delicious food.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Behavior

If there's movement I have to check it out. Splish splash by edge of lake. Oh  boy, the fish are spawning, not guppies. Huge waves, turmoil visible from across the lake. I've seen this before. The first time I thought they were baracudas.
Back to the birds... sweet wren
Downy woodpecker on ground for a change.
Curious female towhee
Water thrush
               Oh no, is that blue jay really going to crack a chestnut? Obviously it thinks so.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Migration time

Wonderful assorted colors in the warbler world. First the male black throated blue
The yellow rump
The parula.... looks painted
Not a warbler, the white-eyed vireo. I really wanted to see the white eyes.
The males redstart
The black and white warbler, sometimes with brown mixed in.
The common yellow throat, male
The blue headed vireo (also not a warbler)
The brilliant yellow warbler