Friday, June 5, 2009

Extra Extra Read All About It!!

I interrupt this regularly posted blog to bring you the
breaking news!!! A Kestrel UPDATE.... Today's

I had wanted to update the Kestrels but nothing
was really happening... She has been sitting by the
nest opening.... just sitting.

A pretty little portrait I took just 3 days ago of her in the tree

5 days ago in the tree eating some lunch.....

Here he is on top of the building after her lunch delivery

The favorite look out... on the pipes on top of the building

From here they watch over their beloved nest....

THEN.................Today after work I wasn't even going
to go look at the nest. I had seen her once and him
not at all.....but something made me go look....

I aimed the camera and zoomed in and there it was.... a baby
head popped up.

Funny how as soon as you see them, a personality seems
to erupt. Curious as ever he's looking up

And then turns to look out of the hole

Dad arrived and I didn't even know the baby was
there with mouth wide open... Can't see that when
you're taking the picture.

Oh! How cute is that...

As soon as dad left Baby #1 stumbles out of hole ....

I'm holding my breath as he puts foot over foot and almost
takes the plunge downward

As soon as he is stable he's looking up in the air
once again! Is he waiting for dad and more food?
who knows?

Watching them is so darn cute...

Oh My Gosh! Is he bored already? Or is he just sleepy?

Or.. is he actually calling dad for more food?

Now, he stretches his legs out long and stands taller...

Well... you know at this point I leave and start home. Tonight
is my youngest grandson's graduation and I have
got to get going... But.....on the way something tells
me to go back for one more last look.
Look at what I saw.............

As soon as I drive up I see TWO Kestrels. Now there
is a female on the right of the male.

He has the dots on his chest and she has the brown

I can't wait for tomorrow... The fun is just beginning.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

For those who may not have followed my blog last year...
this is the second time I am privileged to document a
Kestrel nest. More about it below.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Looking Up can be Rewarding....

Sometimes when we are searching for the unusual,
the rare, the migrant, the lifer bird we fail to just
look up at the birds that are visible everyday.
Beautiful birds like the RW Blackbird. In the right
light you can't get a prettier bird.
Glossy-black males have scarlet-and-yellow shoulder patches
they can puff up or hide depending on how confident they feel

Red-winged Blackbirds often show a hump-backed silhouette
while perched

Male Red-winged Blackbirds do everything they can to get noticed,
sitting on high perches and belting out their conk-la-ree!
song all day long.

Louder and louder and over and over... looking for the female
to notice

On a sunny day he shines

Another bird I especially like is the Grey Catbird. They were
numerous at Wildwood Lake.

I was trying to capture him eating mulberries in the
top of the tree

Finally got a shot of him actually plucking one from the tree....

When, nearby I see a Cedar Waxwing in the very top of
another tree. That certainly got my attention and I shot off
a burst of photos.

I actually thought there just one bird in the tree...

But later found out there were many up there among the leaves.

I wish I would have known that at the time..

And then, in another tree nearby I see orange and black

An Oriole had landed and was looking among the leaves for
a tasty morsel for lunch.

Wildwood is never a boring place to visit... I can't
help but wish it was nearer my house.

My daughter and I did a 3+ mile walk and there was
lots more to see and photograph.

To God Be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Wood Ducks

I so seldom see Wood Ducks in my area but when
I visit my daughter in Harrisburg, PA there
is a place that always promises lots of water
fowl.... Wildwood Lake Sanctuary

Stopping off on the way was a happening I could NOT resist.
and am I glad I did. As I started to walk I was seeing
some Canadian geese and then on a small log out
further this gem came into my view finder.
Yippee!! A Male Wood Duck.

He was far enough away that I was no threat and he
moved every which way preening his feathers. click on the
collage below to see all his fancy moves.

Isn't he beautiful?

He started to flap his wings ....

Looking out over the water ...

I thought he was going to fly.... but then looked where
he was looking.

No wonder he was happy.. here comes his mate

She swam right in to where he was

Hopped right up on the other side of the log....

And started her preening as well..

He watched her as she got down to business

Here they both are one on each end of the log

I was very much in heaven being able to see them both
at the same time.
Many people consider it to be the most beautiful of all waterfowl.
Wildwood has reported 8 pairs there this year.

You might want to check out An exciting outing
back in July in Wildwood..It shows the beauty of the Park
or Fall in Wildwood

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done

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