Ringing in the new year with a bird bonanza. If this is any sign of the year to come, 2020 is going to be a good one!
I've always liked wrens, but now I am especially fond of them. We have a noisy resident wren in our backyard, and when I was stuck at home during the days for the last two months, I got a chance to learn its daily routine. It makes a ruckus all morning on our deck, then sits in the transom/top of our bedroom window several times a day starting in the early afternoon. Those little visits really cheered me up during recovery. Man, I have missed my birds!
My lucky bird fence came through for me again. :)
I think I may have seen this guy before at the same park, but not since fall of 2018. It's hard to tell if it's the exact same duck, but for as long as I've been visiting this spot, I've never seen any other muscovies there.This morning he was warming up in the sun preening his feathers.
Every now and then I'll see a kingfisher around this lake, and today I got to see two! They kept their distance, and this was the best shot I could get from across the water. It's probably cropped too much, but oh well. They are beautiful birds, and I love the noises they make.
Directly behind the lake where I saw the kingfishers, I heard red shouldered hawks calling and spotted two of them landing in the trees. Within a few seconds, a third hawk approached and scared the first two off. It was hard to tell what kind it was until I could enlarge the photo. A red-tailed hawk!
Up the hill, a few bluebirds.
I wasn't sure this was a yellow-rumped warbler at first because most of the identification photos show the male coloring, which has a lot more dark black near the face. This must be a female; their coloring is more subtle.
#1-19 were all from an early walk this morning. Around lunchtime I joined Andrew and his sister for a second nature walk at a different park, not expecting much for birds because of the time of day.
Well, not expecting much must be the secret to wonderful surprises, because look what we found...
This beautiful hawk was resting on a branch not far from the path. It seemed to be completely relaxed and unconcerned, so I was able to move around and get a few different angles. Red-shouldered hawks are definitely my favorite. I hear and see them all the time, but it's always such a joy. I've yet to see one eat anything, so maybe that's why they seem a little less menacing to me than most other raptors.
I'm exhausted, but in the most wonderful way. Cheers to a great 2020! Wishing you all a year full of happiness, health, and amazing photos.