Well, technically I am the busy bee. But that has led to an awful lot of birds! I know it seems like it is few and far between updates. That is a testament not to having nothing going on, but having everything going on!
The horses are great, but intermittent good weather (or should I say mostly lousy weather) has not led to much work for them. I did get them out once this year already for a brief jaunt down the road, but that was about it.
In the mean time, I am definitely fully immersed in a massive (almost overwhelming) amount of new changes and activities and living a life like brand new. I’ve been crazy busy working on projects at home, but I have also been getting out for nature walks and photos. So, I present the gamut of captures I’ve taken since my last update. Enjoy!
Below: A Cooper’s Hawk
Above, a Belted Kingfisher (my best shot of one yet!)
Below, a Gold Crowned Kinglet (first time for me!)
Above: Common Mergansers (best shots yet)
Below, a muskrat
Above, a yellow bellied sap sucker (another first for me!)
Below, a Northern Shoveler (also a first)
Above… ummmm….. song sparrow I think?? turns out I’m not too good at ID’ing the little birds. And try to Google “small brown bird”. Yea…
Below, Blue Wing Teals
Above, turtles basking in the sun. I normally don’t photograph the turtles, but it was cute how they were all lined up. They are red eared slider turtles. This is what happens to all those pet store turtles when the kids grow tired of them or the parents realize how much work is actually involved in keeping a turtle – they are prolific reproducers and rather invasive.
Below… again, this is where my Google search of “little brown bird” fails me. I don’t know what this is, but it’s a first for me as well.
Below, also a first for me (yay, I love all these firsts!) – a yellow rumped Warbler. This little guy loved having his picture taken. I must have 30 photos of him. He actually kept following me around the park. He would fly from tree to tree behind me wherever I went and followed me for over 1/2 mile. He was very cute and put on quite a show for me.
In the coming weeks, I hope to plan for another trip to Horicon Marsh, with spring weather (supposedly) here, and all the migrants coming and going, this seems to be the best birding time right now. The herons & egrets & cormorants have returned and are nesting and all the little song birds are putting on shows singing for mates. I can’t wait to see what I find around the Marsh in spring instead of late summer.
As 2016 has brought about dramatic changes in my life, and shifts in my activities, opening doors to past loves that I am happily able to pursue again, my equine activities are going to spiral downward just a little bit, and at this point, I have no plans to horse show in 2016. I may try to hit some trails here and there, but otherwise, there will be plenty of other activities and events for me to pursue.