Thursday, May 20, 2010

Speed-birding

After work this evening, I speed-birded a couple of spots today: the Scotia Barrens and the Julian Wetlands. I only had twenty minutes to a half-hour in each place, so it was pretty quick.

I went back to Julian because people have seen as many as four Red-necked Phalaropes there in the last few days! That would mark the last phalarope for my lifelist, having seen the Red Phalarope in Texas and the Wilson's here at Julian--in my opinion, the most striking of the three. I didn't see the phalarope, but I did get some good pics at both places.

I Birdjammed a Brown Creeper! Look:
See him there, on that diagonal slash-scar on the bark near the middle of the tree? No?

How about now? I realize it's just a blurry bird-shape, but I was working the Birdjam and the camera at the same time, and it was evening light. Here's a little hint:
I'm just glad I got him. (That IS the bird, right? it's not just a branch?) I know it was the actual bird; I called him in, watched him flit from trunk to trunk, traded little call phrases with him. It was awesome!

I also saw some nice flowers:
No idea what this flowering tree is, but the flowers smelled just like orange blossoms.

Forget-me-nots at the Julian Wetlands

Wild Geranium (I think)at the Barrens

Barren Strawberry! (I think) The leaves and flower type/color match.

And look at this little guy, a (I think) Long Dash Skipper


One of the things I love about being in the woods is seeing young trees, just starting their lives, fighting for sun and water and life:
young aspen

young maple

young oak


I also saw this little couple, pondering the future of their family:I wonder what they're thinking about.

7 comments:

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Nice pictures Delia. You got a lot out of your quick trips! I've given up thinking I'll ever get a terrific picture of a Brown Creeper. I'm just happy to spot them!

Curlygirl715 said...

Love the bluebird picture!

Larry said...

Nice Bluebird photos Delia.I think I finally spotted where the creeper is but I'll have to take your word for it.never saw a Phalarope.I think I'll have to look it up just to see what it is.

dguzman said...

Lynne--I was running! And yes, those creepers are so fast!

Curlygirl--welcome to the bloggy! Glad you liked the pic.

Larry--it's been complete luck that I've seen any of them.

Rabbits' Guy said...

"Where's lunch"

Isn't Speed Birding one of those oxymorons? You are supposed to stand quiet and still as a mouse for hours ....

dAwN said...

Great speed birding! I havent seen a brown creeper in a while..
Cool little birds.

dguzman said...

Rabbits' Guy--well, it depends; I didn't cover too much ground, but I didn't stand still either.

dAwN--yes, I like them very much!