On a brief trip into town for lunch, I went a different route than Main Street. Being new to Richfield, somehow I wound up on another road. When I was approaching a stop sign, I saw a big fluff of snow at the very top of a small grouping of some type of spruce trees. It wasn't odd that snow was on the ground, but of all three of the trees I was looking at, the only blob of snow … [Read more...] about Ferruginous Hawk – White as Snow
Taking time for Sunday birding drive to check out what birding may be near you can yield some pretty cool surprises or adventures for you. Pack a light snack, some water and crank up the engine! California Dreamin' on a January Day A venture up through the barnyards near me and open grassy terrain towards Heppler's Ponds proved to be quite surprising. Nothing like birding … [Read more...] about Sunday Birding Yields a Covey of California Quails!
Nothing like your birding trip getting started before you even get out of the yard. The list of what you will see can sometime begin before you put your car into drive. First on my list was the female American Redstart that landed on a pine bough before I even backed out of the driveway. Her brilliant yellow against the black tail was quite the contrast...The weather on … [Read more...] about Starting off the List with an American Redstart!
They say camouflage offers protection by blending an animal or bird in with their surroundings. Well, camouflage definitely works for immature White Ibises! Walking along a trail, I had no idea they were even there until my presence spooked them and they took to flight. By the way, the Ibises spooked me, too! There were about 20 in the flock as they circled in the air … [Read more...] about Camouflage…it Works Great for Immature White Ibises!
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!