I'm truly ashamed...seems we in North Carolina hear and see some of our birds so much that we hardly give them the attention that we do other birds. Today was no different. Walking along the trail was what seemed to be Cardinals or sparrows making their sounds. But quickly, things took a turn...a "Blue" turn...when the sounds didn't match what I was looking at making them, I … [Read more...] about Getting Complacent Yields the Blue Grosbeak!
What do you do when a "non-birding friend" comes to visit and you want to go birding? You take them...ahumm...birding...I mean kayaking! In my particular situation, we could surely accommodate both, still have a great time paddling AND birdwatch, too! We loaded up the kayaks (see below ordeal about me deciding NOW was the time to install new seat covers) and went down to my … [Read more...] about Inviting a “Non-birding Friend” to Go Birding with You!
Vultures...Turkey Vultures... something about the way they look and the way they eat just seems to evoke scary thoughts in people complete with sounds of creepy organ music. Turkey Vultures have come home to roost nightly in our pine trees since December and I just love it! Never knew I would come to like and appreciate the Turkey Vulture so much. So what it's like to share … [Read more...] about Turkey Vultures…Yes, the Spooky Looking Ones…Come Home to Roost!
Sometimes your birding plans can change on a dime. While photographing a Prothonotary Warbler by the pond, a small white bird flew swiftly through the viewfinder. Naturally, I was distracted from the warbler and lowered the camera to see what it was that dared photobomb my photo. Suddenly, the warbler became a thing of the past. Altogether, there were three white birds diving … [Read more...] about Spotting the White Forehead of the Least Tern
You've heard of the annual return of the swallows to the Mission San Juan Capistrano in California, right? Well, let me tell you about ANOTHER return. Every year like clockwork, the Cliff Swallows and the Barn Swallows return around the week before or after Mother's Day in May... to the EXACT same mud puddle... just off the James Cameron Bridge that goes over Contentnea … [Read more...] about When the Swallows Come Back to… CONTENTNEA CREEK?