A Final Bird Series From The Lake

I’m sitting here today in Delaware, creating this post while it is snowing outside.  It is beautiful!  We’re to get maybe 5″.  The forecast changed constantly all day, there was a chance of 10″ at one time.  Glad it’s to be less!

Back in November, as beautiful and warm as it was at Lake Greenwood, SC, I should have known I would have way more photos of birds to share than I originally thought once I finished up going through them.

To end my lake series, here are some of the other birds that were in abundance if you just stopped, looked, and listened.

Early morning was the best time to see Eagles passing over.

 _dsc0014-1-111416Juvenile American Bald Eagle

 

The evenings were great to see the flocks of Cormorants high in the sky.

_dsc0325-1-111416Cormorants

 

 

And both early morning and at sunset, you couldn’t miss hearing the Loons calling and seeing them at a distance.

_dsc0326-1-111416Common Loons

 

At any time during the day, the Turkey Vultures were overhead.  Sitting in my chair, they would fly towards and over me, checking me out.  For what, I don’t know, hope they didn’t think I was dinner.

_dsc0099-1-11916Turkey Vulture

 

The sparrows were flitting around everywhere, and boy did I have a hard time capturing any of them.  I did like this Chipping Sparrow shot with the background colors.

_dsc0411-2-111416Chipping Sparrow

 

I could hear Mallards down the lake along the shoreline, but they never swam close to our floating docks as I had seen in the past.  I did luck out one time when I heard them coming and caught them in flight passing by me.

_dsc0108-1-111516Mallard Ducks

 

Always a cutie, there were quite a few Eastern Phoebes high up in the trees, enjoying the sunshine.

_dsc0279-1-111416Eastern Phoebe

 

_dsc0303-1-111416Eastern Phoebe

 

Or even down by the floating docks.  As long as no one was around there.

_dsc0094-1-111816Eastern Phoebe

 

Finally, with my birds, I took a bunch of photos of the resident Northern Mockingbirds, they were every where, trying to protect their territory areas.  My favorites of them were of this one who I had been photographing sitting on his perch.  He/she took flight in my series.  I was headed towards that perch to look for other birs when he/she returned, obviously from bath time.

_dsc0222-1-111416Northern Mockingbird

Drying in the warm breeze, looking quite pretty!

_dsc0241-1-111416Northern Mockingbird

 

To end this post, I’d like to share a colorful moth that challenged me for a while….

dsc_5843-1-111616Long-tailed Skipper (thank you Shannon!)

 

and another close-up of a flower I missed sharing in a previous post.

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We left the lake just before Thanksgiving and headed back to the mid-Atlantic region for the holidays to be with our families.  We’re still here as I mentioned, now enjoying this snowfall, but as I said, not the cold!

 

41 thoughts on “A Final Bird Series From The Lake

  1. Beautiful photos as usual but I especially like the two of the mockingbird. Snow is beautiful when you don’t have to shovel 😆 Stay warm!

  2. I love these photos Donna! And I also love the snow that we got today! The nice thing about snow is that everything stands out quite clearly against it and can make for some fun photos. But stay warm! Right now it is 25 and falling here on Kent Island.

    • Thanks Jerry! I hear ya. I’m in the mid-Atlantic area now in some snow and it takes a whole lotta extra work and bundling up to bird in that. Your area is so extreme at times, making it so much harder for you. I still do enjoy your winter captures. 🙂

  3. I love the sky in the flight of the cormorants. And your mockingbird is so stately! No snow here, but cold enough to freeze the birdbath. Great captures all, Donna.

    PS – the moth is a butterfly: Long-tailed Skipper. They are so shimmery!

    • Thanks Shannon, I’m guessing birdies aren’t so interested in ice skating, huh?! 😘 And thank you for the ‘moth’ ID, no wonder I couldn’t find out the species since it’s a butterfly! I’ll correct it now on my post!! I always appreciate an ID or ID correction! 🙂

  4. All very lovely, but I think my favorite is the phoebe. We had one nesting outside our dining room window on top of a yard light. What a treat that was. Your images are marvelous. I can just see all that patience leaking out of them! 🙂

  5. Loved your bird catches! I’ve never seen so many Cormorants. And the Mallards in flight was a real treat. I would also enjoy seeing the snow, but the cold spell we have right now for a couple of days is cold enough for me. Please stay warm!

    • Thanks Helen! Having seen a few cormorants on a daily basis around the Chesapeake Bay, I too had never seen so many at one time until being at the lake in South Carolina. I heard Florida’s in the cold spell, that’s just not right. Sandy & Stanley are probably wondering, “what the heck’s with this cold”! 🙂 Stay warm also!

    • Thanks Denise! I’ve never seen so many Cormorants as I have at this lake, and the loons are always a special treat for me, just wish they would have come closer to the shoreline. 🙂

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