A Slow Mover

The weather sure changed quick. From cold and chilly to warm and muggy. What happened to spring? It sure made us move a lot slower today.

I took the boys up to Bartow County to check the sod farm and a couple other places and what do you know, we finally got to see the American Golden Plover, which was a life first for all of us.

We also enjoyed seeing the Greater Yellowlegs, the Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson’s Snipe, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Killdeer, Pectoral Sandpipers, and some Least Sandpipers.

The best view, however, was this snapping turtle whose head was bigger than my fist.

 

We won’t get a chance to do much birding this week, because I have several projects to get done, but I’m sure we’ll head somewhere next weekend.

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Another Day With The Eagles

Okay, so I didn’t get much done yesterday or today. I cracked a toe on my right foot (that darned footstool jumped out in front of me, really it did), and I didn’t feel like walking all over the backyard today, so we met some of the guys from our local camera club and went to West Point to make photos of the Bald Eagles.

Bald Eagle (1)

 

The young one was learning how to model,

Bald Eagle (3)

 

and the parent was looking for lunch.

Bald Eagle (7)

 

We saw many other birds, including this Great Blue Heron who was learning to dance.

Great Blue Heron (3)

 

The Double Crested Cormorant offered us some lunch,

Double Crested Cormorant

 

and after our siesta,

Chilling

 

We hit the road and started the drive back home, but we didn’t get too far before we felt like we were being watched.

Red Tailed Hawk (3)

 

we made it home just before dark, thankful to have spent such a fun day with the guys enjoying some of God’s most magnificent creations. I hope you had a good day too!

An Unlikely Saturday

After last night’s post I needed a nice relaxing day and that’s exactly what I got today.

I took the boys over to Sweetwater Creek State Park, one of our favorite places for birdwatching, and we spent the afternoon watching the Double Crested Cormorant (seen in the photo to the left, click it to enlarge).

The reservoir is still mirky from the flooding a couple weeks ago, and we have more heavy rain coming in tomorrow afternoon. The Ospreys were nowhere to be seen, but we did get to see the Kingfishers, Blue Herons, and of course all the ducks and geese.

I was planning to do a long post about President Obama’s impassioned last-minute pitch to try and secure the Olympics for Chicago in 2016, but to tell the truth I just don’t see the point in mentioning his name, or the fact that he completely failed, over something so benign.

I also considered writing about the revelation that Iranian Presiden, Achmed I’mANutJob, was mostly likely born Jewish. I just watched a documentary a couple weeks ago regarding Hitler’s Jewish heritage, so I couldn’t help but wonder if this is one of those prime examples of history repeating itself. If it’s not, I sure don’t know what is.

For the remainder of the evening, I am going to play Tetris and Chain Rxn on my iPhone. I had hoped to make this a total “downtime” weekend and so far, it’s working out to be just that.