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?
For the many years as I've observed this particular "Jane Birding Hotspot," I have NEVER observed any Great Egrets there at any time of year before. Without any effort, my truck magically pulled a "super U-eee" at a nearby path to check this out! Great Blue Herons, Green Herons, Red-Shouldered Hawks and Red-Headed Woodpeckers were gathered in the fray there, … [Read more...] about Stumbling upon the Motherload of Great Egrets!
No sooner than I'd stepped into the trees on either side of the main trail by the ponds, the Prothonotary Warbler camera tales of the forest began when it flew into a nearby shrub. There it sat perched straight out from my gaze about six feet away in all its golden yellow glory. Finally, I was about to get the chance of MY lifetime for this photo... I could hardly … [Read more...] about Prothonotary Warbler Camera Tales of the Forest
Spring is definitely here in all her splendor. From yellow green new growth on emerging leaf out of trees, to shrubs, wildflowers and grasses, yellow was definitely making her appearance in our area. Such would be the case on today's birding adventure back to our local River Park North in Greenville, North Carolina. Especially with the Yellow-Rumps and … [Read more...] about Yellow-Rumps and Yellow-Throats!
You will find certain birds garner your excitement. My passion for birds and plants excludes none. However, the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron gets my undivided attention every time! When we arrived to 0ur local River Park North in Greenville, North Carolina, we were anxious at just what we would see at this time of year. Since migratory birds were beginning to arrive … [Read more...] about Meet the Yellow-Crowned Night Heron!