To Nathan Krestul Park with better half and dog.
A couple of long shots at Nathan Krestul Park late this morning:
Back to Nathan Krestul Park this afternoon. Still trying to photograph the Palm Warblers:
I saw my first Yellow-rumped Warbler of the season, high up in an oak tree. Northern Cardinals were calling incessantly. I picked out a Red-bellied Woodpecker by flight. And here’s a first-year male Red-winged Blackbird:
Finally, I saw the first Eastern Phoebe of the season. It was sitting on top a lacrosse net in my neighbor’s back yard. The net made as good a perch as any to look for flying insects.
To Nathan Krestul Park late this afternoon. Palm Warblers have returned for the season:
The Palm Warblers join the year-round birds, including this Great Egret:
There were Eastern Bluebirds, Red-Winged Blackbirds, and a pair of Northern Cardinals calling to each other. Here’s the female:
This afternoon I caught a glimpse of a Black-throated Blue Warbler in the woods behind my house. I realized that it had been a while since I’d really looked for the birds. So I did, and saw a few more migrating birds, including a Hooded Warbler and a pair of American Redstarts. I also saw a number of year-round residents: Northern Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, and Carolina Wrens.
Here’s the Black-throated Blue Warbler:
Here’s the Hooded Warbler:
Here’s the female American Redstart:
And here’s one of the Tufted Titmice:
We spent a week in Alaska. The first picture I want to post is a bird for Gram, specifically a Black-capped Chickadee, the northern counterpart of the Carolina Chickadees we have.
These pictures were all taken outside the Lakeview Inn, which is close to Denali National Park & Preserve. We saw several Snowshoe Hares, which are all beginning to get their white fur for winter.
And there were several Red Squirrels about:
To Westminster Woods to see Gram, who is now resting comfortably in her apartment. I took some pictures by the lake.
To Westminster Woods to see Gram. After lunch, she fell fast asleep. I went out by the lake and took this picture of an Anhinga to show her next time.
To Westminster Woods to see Gram. On our spin around the lake we met a lovely woman named Carol and her dog, Jenny, a small four-year-old rescue with red, silky fur. Carol kindly lifted Carol twice so that Gram could pet her. Jenny had a sweet disposition. When another woman approached with a small white dog, Jenny sat obediently, her tail wagging furiously.
At the observation deck, another resident–a woman who moved here five weeks ago from Virgina–was throwing bread for the fish and turtles. Gram gazed out at the scene before her–hundreds of fish and probably ten turtles, including one soft shell–vying for pieces of bread. The woman from Virginia said she hadn’t seen an alligator yet since moving to Florida, though her daughter, a long-time Florida resident, had assured her that wherever there was water in Florida, there was an alligator. Definitely true. This morning I’d seen one at the lake at Hanna Park. I pointed it out to a woman fishing nearby. “Look,” I said, pointing to the alligator’s head, the only part visible in the water. She nodded wearily and said nothing.
On our walk Gram and I saw an Anhinga and a Green Heron. Both of them were hanging out near snags, making the background cluttered each time:
Back at home, I saw this Brown Thrasher, in molt: