Bunch ‘O Birds

First, to my followers, so sorry for the long lapse since my last post!  And ditto for not keeping up with those I follow!  With long days/overtime at work, personal commitments, as well as having re-injured an old wrist injury, I’ve been either too exhausted or hurting too much to get much free time in the evenings.  🙁   And it’s been driving me crazy not working on my photos and blogging!  So here’s an attempt to type and post a bunch ‘o birds with my right wrist wrapped up before I conk out…..

I wanted to begin with sharing a couple more photos of the Killdeer family that I shared in my last post.  I’m still enjoying watching the family running around in the mornings almost daily.   I now just stop for a minute to watch them from a distance; but a couple weeks ago one of the babies was so close in the road, I was able to stop and quickly get a shot before it scurried away fast.  Adorable!

Juvenile Killdeer

As I was wondering where the parents were and why weren’t they protecting junior, one began screaming at me off to my right.  Someone wasn’t on alert like they should have been but quickly made up for the delay!

Parent Killdeer

He then proceeded to walk between me and junior, who had already left the building.  No screaming, just staring.  Now you know why I just watch from a distance.  I’ve been told to!

Parent Killdeer

In our Chesapeake Bay area, Canada geese are abundant in the winter months as they migrate to us in the tens of thousands, but are not so common staying as a resident during the summer.  We have a few remain every summer down by Marshy Creek, and it appears they’ve decided to stay another summer with us.  Sometimes I’ve seen three pair, but this day there was just the one pair.  The one thing I’ve not seen is any families produced from this small group.  Just adults, grazing and resting, but still cool!

Canada Geese

Canada Geese with Osprey on platform

The next two photos are of more Canada geese but with families.  These were shot within a mile of my work, resting alongside “Walmart Pond”.  Not getting to see any goslings around Oyster Cove/Marshy Creek, it was a treat for me to see these.  There were actually three pair of adults with three sets of goslings, all in different stages of age.  They were only there for one morning.  I thought how nice they all stayed together protecting each other as they continued their travels.

Canada Geese and Goslings

Canada Geese and Goslings

We have many Mourning Doves, I love their cooing and trying to find them when they are calling out.  In the mornings, they love to hang around in the pine trees.

Mourning Dove in the morning!

And spring is still in the air!  There were a pair of Mourning Doves mating on our walkway below my balcony.

Mourning Doves mating

Mourning Doves mating

I even had the pleasure of one who visited my balcony one morning.

Mourning Dove on my balcony

Another morning, I had an American Robin resting on my balcony.  Doesn’t matter our balcony is on the third floor, it gives them a much better view!  Now if all the visitors could just learn to not leave me any presents to clean off when they leave!

American Robin on my balcony

A couple more American Robin shots….

American Robin

American Robin

When the sunlight is just right, the Grackle shines beautiful!

Grackle

Grackle

And so does the Red-Winged Blackbird…

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird

Red-Winged Blackbird

Although the winter months provide many photo ops with all the barren trees along Rt 301 where I stop frequently on my way to & from work, there are scarce ops with the fully leaved trees.  But there are a few big dead trees that are still standing and on occasion ‘someone’ is perched on one of them.

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Red-Tailed Hawk

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vultures

Turkey Vultures

Turkey Vulture

Now that was a Bunch ‘O Birds!  I have many more to share of herons, eagles, barn swallows, purple martins, and of course osprey, I imagine those will each be separate posts as I limp along here.

Finally, I wanted to share this sun-setting shot I took yesterday evening while at Dirty Dave’s Tiki Bar at Kentmoor Restaurant on Kent Island, directly on the Chesapeake Bay.  They have a cool beach bar with hammocks, adirondack chairs, swaying palm trees, and a great Happy Hour menu!  A cool place to relax and watch the sun set while nursing the wrist….   🙂

As always, thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it!

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