Nice to Get Outside!

Nice to Get Outside!

Finally, today was a nice sunny day. No rain!!! And it wasn’t even that hot, so today was a great day to go birding…

We headed out early in the morning to the wildlife refuge. Of course, we were prepared to social distance, with our masks and gloves in the car. We only saw a couple of other cars and no one was anywhere near us…

I did manage to get 2 more bird species to add to my list for the year. 🙂

I didn’t get any photos of them, but I did manage to find a few other birds around.

Here is one that I found in the swamp. If you want to try to guess what it is, they are found from central US east to the coast and also along the west coast of the US, then south into Mexico and Central America. Have fun guessing…

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It’s the Green Heron. In the winter these birds can migrate as far south as South America. This bird forages along the water’s edge by standing very still looking for fish. They have been known to sometimes drop feathers or small twigs as “bait” into the water to attract fish.

This next one is a photo of one of my favorite birds. I love their song! They breed in eastern Canada south to northern Florida. Guess what it is…

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It’s the Wood Thrush! They will winter in the tropics. Unfortunately, their population has been declining due to the forests getting smaller and more easily penetrated by the cowbirds. They find the Wood Thrush nests and lay eggs in them. The Wood Thrush end up raising more cowbirds than their own young!

I hope that you are able to get out safely and enjoy the outdoors. Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!

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