I am sharing some of my favorite photos that I took this past year in this series.
Spring is in full swing now, and the calls of the redwing blackbirds in the nearby marshes are almost continuous. Some of the males come by the feeder to fill up on seed. When I go on walks by the marshes, I will often hear the distinctive “tut-tut-tut” of a male warning me not to get too close to his territory; he also seems to act as an early “warning alarm” for the other birds in the marsh, who will rise up and fly away when he gives his call.
The robins have been back for awhile, and one is particularly vocal, singing me awake each morning. She has a nest in a house eave, and I am looking forward to a new batch of babies this year to add to the songs heard later in the year.
The blue jays are everywhere. Word is out in the bird neighborhood that there are sunflower seeds available at our feeder, and I have seen dozens taking turns grabbing a bite. But I also know that during the nesting season, the birds are especially hungry and food is still scarce. I will keep putting out seed until the bears hit the feeder.
I am now “egret stalking” because I love these beautiful birds. I slog through reeds and muddy marshes, slapping at mosquitoes and gnats which rise up in clouds on warm days, and am able to surprise a few – and get some good photos. I love the “fluffing up” that one did when I saw him. He stared at me for awhile as I took photos, then finally flew a short distance away. I also am seeing lots of egrets on Misery Bay, and bring my camera with me each time I drive. I am finding that getting a decent photo is a combination of persistence and luck – and prayer.
I have seen some killdeer on the beach near the rocks. I love their perpetually slightly worried look and soft brown color.
The mergansers seem to be nesting on a point near the house, and I am hoping to see some babies soon.