My favorite time of the day is riding my bike across the salt marsh each morning in the early morning. This is what greeted me the other morning. There were 6 Great Egrets out on the salt marsh, but I could only fit 3 in the frame. Not bad…
It doesn’t get much better. Gorgeous, don’t you think?
It was such a treat to see the Osprey and 2 chicks on their nest yesterday. It looked like the young ones were testing their wings and standing abilities. So cute! (Click on blog link for another photo.)
In the 2nd photograph the parent had just flown in with a fish which the little ones were devouring. So much fun to watch them way up high on their nest!
This was the nest that blew down last winter in the high winds. They sure did a good job rebuilding!
I’ve heard the Great Crested Flycatcher’s distinctive call in our yard quite a bit lately, so I know he is around. Its call is a nasally-sounding series of “wheep” whistles. And then… he landed on our bird feeder. I quickly got my camera and got a photograph from my living room. It’s the only one I got, before he flew away.
The Great Crested Flycatcher, who catches insects, has a gray breast and throat and a yellow belly. His bill is heavy and black. They are most often found breeding in deciduous forests and at edges of clearings and mixed woodlands, which is probably why he likes our yard.
Have you ever heard his call? Beautiful bird, don’t you think?
I loved this photograph and reflection of a Snowy Egret at Goose Pond at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. He had just caught a fish and his bill was still wide open.
Pretty cool, don’t you think? Love the yellow around his eye…
Yesterday was one of those days when it was cloudy and cool enough to take a nice walk at Fort Hill in the afternoon. Usually it gets too hot by then. I thought maybe we might see some new wildflowers or perhaps, a butterfly or two. We most often see birds in the morning or evening, not in the middle of the day. (Click on blog link to see more photographs.)
Little did we know that we would see six Northern Bobwhites walking on the trail. Two at a time in 3 different locations. What a treat! We haven’t seen one yet this year but have frequently heard their call, “Bob-white! Bob-white!” I learned this call from my Dad when I was a little girl, as he was an avid birder and I have never forgotten it. It is so clear and so distinct!
Most of the time they were on the trail in front of us running down the trail while we tried to get a photograph. They were pretty quick. And just when we were giving each other a fist bump, we would see 2 more walking along the trail. It was really cool!
Have you seen a Northern Bobwhite this year? There are obviously quite a few at Fort Hill and they do like to walk the trails… with us! 🙂
The birds just love the little bird bath in our backyard. This Red-winged Blackbird was enjoying himself immensely as he dunked up and down and splashed around. (Click on blog link to see other image.)
I never knew that Red-winged Blackbirds were backyard birds, but we have a few this summer who hang out here quite a bit. I’m loving it!