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April was a stellar month for birding, and I added 5 Life Birds! A Life or lifer is a bird you’ve seen for the 1st time. I’ll share 4 of the 5 birds with images, but the 5th one… let’s save that story for a little bit.
Two of the new birds for me are Nuthatches. First up the Red-breasted Nuthatch. The image isn’t upside down, the bird is! They spend a lot time upside down hunting for bugs.
The next Nuthatch was the Pygmy Nuthatch. They’re so little and quick. I confess I took a lot of images of them as long as they stayed within my sight hoping for a few decent images. I had better luck with the Red-breasted Nuthatch than the Pygmy, but hopefully, I’ll see them both again.
Next up keeping with the small bird theme was the Caliope Hummingbird. He is quite the character. 😀
Ensuite, the Black-headed Grosbeak Male. I was excited to make this ID! At first, I thought it was a Sparrow of some kind.
and lastly the Red-headed Woodpecker. I was so excited to see it and I got my camera up to my eye and he moved! Behind the trunk and never came up higher than this before he flew away. Woodpecker 1, Deborah 0!
I’ve been to this trail a couple of times since, but haven’t seen it or one again. 😭
But it’s a new month and I’ve already seen one new bird! Same story though, no picture. They’re fast and skittish! I’ll keep looking though.
All in all, April was a pretty great month of birding.
Oh, owl update, there are 2 Owlets! I’ve only seen one and I did post a pic on Instagram so, if you follow me there you’ve probably seen that already. I’ll share that image here too so not to tease you. Mama and Owlet. They blend into the tree so well don’t they? My neighbor went over on Tuesday to do some birding and told me the Owls are gone. That happened awfully fast!
The Goose had her goslings and is out of the nest, but I didn’t get a good image of her and her mate with them. There were only 2 goslings. I hope to see them again. They were swimming up the river which is running pretty high and fast right now. I worried that the goslings wouldn’t keep up, but Mom was in front and Dad behind so all seemed to be going well for them.
I hope all is going well for you too, and you have a lovely week-end!
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more to come…