Saturday, August 17, 2019


There is this pond we visit up in the western part of the county. It has never let me down a single time for interesting birds, although I haven't seen a new species in county since June.

Today was no exception. When we arrived there was something white in one of the big dead trees out in the pond. Great Egret! Wow, the third one we have seen in the past week locally.

Then another came flapping across the sky to join it.

A third powered up out of the swamp a moment later and when I looked up there were FOUR circling over the giant pine trees. In the bright sunshine against the blue, blue sky, they looked like angels, floated down from Heaven to check things out.

They headed off to the south followed by an immature Bald Eagle, three Common Ravens quothing like mad, and a Red-tailed Hawk.

Next the Common Gallinule we've been seeing since June showed up. There were birds singing in the trees whose songs I do not know.....

All in all it was pretty darned cool. Here's my eBird checklist from there.


Jacqueline Donnelly said...

Oh man, what a great birding day! Especially with the Ravens "quothing like mad!" I believe I will "Nevermore" have such a laugh as that comment evoked. Aren't we glad that the treasures we seek are so close at hand and without great cost? My botanizing pals and I josh each other about being "such cheap dates" when we're jumping for joy over finding some little flower that nobody else gives a hoot about. I expect you are equally "so easily amused" when you see these wonderful birds.

threecollie said...

Jacqueline, I love that we share our delight in natural things. The "cheap date" thing fits so well. I can enjoy birding a Walmart parking lot and often do. lol

Jacqueline Donnelly said...

Ha ha ha! While you are birding that Walmart parking lot, I'm down on my hands and knees on a city sidewalk photographing some little weed that's sprung up from a crack in the cement. Lucky for us, our worlds are full of wonders, wherever we look. And once in a while, spectacular surprises!

threecollie said...

Jacqueline, I think this childlike wonder is what keeps us young long after we aren't.