Monday, May 24, 2010

Some Gators, a Few Snakes, P-Dawgs and Some Birds

(Dowitchers from the Arcata Marsh a couple weeks ago..still can't upload new stuff)

Some highlights from the past week:.. (Keep in mind, the vast majority of this time was spent driving 3,000 miles, so there was birding-from-the-car happening. Totally dorky!)

On the drive bird highlights:
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Gambel's and Scaled Quail, Mississippi Kite, Swainson's Hawks, Lark Buntings, Bullock's Orioles, Yellow-billed Magpies, White Pelicans (LOTS!), Eared Grebes, Black-throated Sparrows.

Also saw lots of Pronghorn, lizards, Prairie Dogs (P-dawgs!)

When we got to Mississippi, all we really had time to do was eat, unload the truck and get an apartment. Luckily, this all went swimmingly and Friday morning we were able to check out Noxubee NWR for a couple hours in the a.m.

Some good bird stuff from there:
Red-headed Woodpeckers, Eastern Kingbirds, Orchard Orioles, Prothonotary Warblers, Tree, Cliff, Northern Rough-winged and Barn Swallows, White Ibis, Little Blue Herons (hundreds!).

Other cool things - 3 alligators and one cottonmouth!

While home for the past two days in Nashville, neat-o stuff seen around the lake/yard:
Great Blue Heron nest - with one older nestling, 5 Green Herons (two pairs nesting nearby we think), Red-winged blackbirds (two nests- one with eggs, one with 4 nestlings), Baltimore Orioles, Worm-eating Warblers, Pine Warblers, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker,

Also -
Snapping Turtles, Soft-shelled Turtle, 2 baby sliders and about 20 adults, several Brown Water Snakes, and and a young buck sleeping in the shade under the bridge in the backyard.

Back to Truckee in the morning! Weekend Reflections


Carolyn Ford said...

I think "dorky" is cool! You 2 are having a great time and that is what it is all about! And...what beautiful little birds and reflections you captured in this photo. It's a gem of a photo. I can't believe how much you see on a trip like this...your eyes must be wide open at all times. Have a great week and enjoy!

Woody said...

I'm sure when your connected, we're going to see some amazing stuff!! Now that you're on the 'right' coast, I actually recognize some of the species you reference :-) I love the call of red-winged blackbirds.

Colleen said...

Sounds like you'll have plenty of picture taking opportunities in your new location too. Exciting.

Susan said...

Your sighting list is spectacular, and I love the shot of the dowitchers!

Clytie said...

Beautiful shot of the dowitchers - I've never heard of them til now - I have to say ... you inspire me with your knowledge of what you see. Also with your incredible photography! I can't wait until you can post some pictures of your trip!

Marka said...

Such a peaceful scene.

Gel said...

Wow! Awesome photo of these birds with their reflections. I'm looking forward to seeing the shots of other wildlife when you can upload them. Keep enjoying!

cat said...

I enjoy looking at your "old stuff" to:)
But I'm looking forward to seeing new photos as soon as you can upload them.
I hope the move has gone well :)

Maria said...

Awsome photo of these birds:)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Dowitchers, what a great name, and the image is wonderful. Striking birds lit by the sun and the water reflections, great image. Hope you are having a blast, but slow down to take plenty of images for us later~

Sylvia K said...

Dowitchers!! I love their name!! And, of course your reflection capture is superb! What fun you're having!! Know there will be more fantastic photos when you get settled in! Have a marvelous Memorial Day weekend! Enjoy!


Nefertiti said...

Magnifique et quel calme !

bon w end

ρομπερτ said...

A wonderful, peace providing photography. Chapeau ! Very well done. Please have a nice weekend.

daily athens

Regina said...

Beautiful reflections Jill.
Enjoy your weekend.

elvira pajarola said...

MAGNIFICIENT.......These three gys seem to sit on a mirror...looking at themselves and putting here and there a "feather in the right position"....sooooo sweet!!!!!!!!

The Nevada pics........BREATHTAKING sauvage nature.....I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ciao ciao elvira