birding

As per normal, my life contains way more than my blogging might suggest. Most of my posts remain in my head, but this event is worth sharing.

During the migration season, on my brother’s birthday, my mom and I met my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew for a day of birding near the Susquehanna River. It’s almost like cheating to go birding with my brother, Dave, and Collin. They know bird songs. So they say “Oh, that’s a yellow-billed-cuckoo singing, look over there.” And we see a yellow -billed -cuckoo.DSC_0105DSC_0108 (2)

This is also how we spotted the black and white warblerDSC_0009

And the orchard orioleDSC_0047

This is nephew Collin, my mom, and Dave on the hunt.DSC_0024

And this is Lisa.  Did I mention it rained much of the day?DSC_0021

I spotted this Canada goose family on my own. Love that row of fluffy babes.DSC_0130

Then we went to the nearby Conowingo Dam.DSC_0147

As we looked through binoculars, we realized that at the basin of the dam, there were hundreds of cormorants and bald eagles. I have never seen so many bald eagles at one time.DSC_0172 (2) There are at least seven bald eagles in this one zoomed in picture. Everywhere I looked, there was a similar count. It was awesome.DSC_0173_LI

It was a good day.

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snow day

It snowed again last night. We haven’t had any huge snowstorms this year, but we have had plenty of snowy days.

IMG_20190301_084406264_BURST000_COVER_TOPThis chickadee found the one feeder with seeds not covered in snow.

img_20190301_071416312Riley and I went out to investigate the back yard and see who had paid an overnight visit. Riley can tell by her nose, but I need the snow to see who’s been around.

IMG_20190301_071551896I think these are bunny tracks. * sigh *  I hope to NOT have a repeat of last year’s adventures.   backyard nature

IMG_20190301_071404479_BURST000_COVERI got sidetracked with plans for the spring.

img_20190301_071711971And Riley had to wait for me to catch up.

img_20190301_071747990-animationThen it was time for breakfast.

new neighbors

Even though food is abundant this time of year, I still feed the birds. I like to see who’s new to the neighborhood.July Backyard, Bunting, Wine Bag, Emma Party 013

Mr. Chill is one of five young squirrels who keep me entertained. He spends most of his time flat on his belly in an overstuffed daze.June Backyard, wine bag, beach 006

This is a young red-bellied woodpecker. We’ve had  year-round residents for several years, and this is the second time that I’ve seen them with young.July Backyard, Bunting, Wine Bag, Emma Party 036

And this little beauty is an indigo bunting. I’d only ever seen one in my life, and when my mom saw him in my very own backyard without me, I was a tad jealous. July Backyard, Bunting, Wine Bag, Emma Party 026

Thankfully, he stuck around. I noticed that he ate the inexpensive seeds that I don’t usually buy – so I just keep feeding him that. He’s been here for weeks, but I am still excited to see him every time.

a most unusual morning

It started out as any July morning:Riley web 002I enjoyed a cup of coffee in the party garden at 6:00 am while Riley stood guard and patiently waited for her run. Hot air balloonWhile we were running, I saw a hot air balloon. We stepped up the pace, got home, and I grabbed my camera and drove out to track it down. (Riley had a drink and a nap on the sofa.)hot air balloon on groundThe balloon had a friend.cedar waxwingWhen I got home, I noticed a pair of Cedar Waxwings nesting in my yard. This is unheard of. I am thrilled to see them once a year, in a group, in winter. I have never seen Cedar Waxwings during nesting season.cedar waxwingThey are very active, so the pictures aren’t great – but I have high hopes for the future.