Saturday, June 25, 2011

Force Lake.

I had a bit of free time before work yesterday so I headed over to Force Lake and was surprised by all the great stuff I saw...  First off, a Bullock's Oriole!



A Black-headed Grosbeak was singing its heart out (well, until I stumbled out some blackberry bushes and he stopped).



A Yellow Warbler was flitting around the bushes along the lake.


My shoelace caught on a blackberry thorn so I bent down to tie it and came face to tail with a baby bunny.  So cute...


When I stood up again the oriole had landed in the willows near me to preen or something like that...


There are baby swallows everywhere now. I think these guys are Cliff Swallows:



And a Tree Swallow:



A pair of Osprey flew in at one point...


I never get sick of watching these guys...


People have asked me how this whole birding thing started, and although there are probably tons of birds, dogs, and circumstances to blame, I think I can mostly blame (thank?) an Osprey at Kelley Point Park.  So yeah, they're kind of special to me, which makes this next bit of news even sweeter... I found out a photo I took of an Osprey during Birdathon won "Best Birdathon Photo"!!!  I was seriously shocked and totally stoked!  I posted the photo in my Birdathon post last month, but here it is again...


Woohoo!

6 comments:

  1. Well congrats and well deserved too! Its a terrific photo!!!
    ALL in your post today are terrific love the Oriole-AND the Grosbeak and the Raggie so cute..Good thing you got hung up in the brambles...

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  2. JENFTW! Cool ospr shot, obvi. I think it was actually ducks that got me into bordomg...which seems kind of weird now, but it is what it is.

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  3. Congrats Jen, the Osprey shot is a winner. Love all your birdie shot, the Orioles and the Black headed Grosbeaks are some of my favorites.

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  4. Next year you have to come and sit at our table at the Birdathon Banquet. That is, if Birdathon tempts you again :) Great shot, great day!
    Nice to bump into you this morning and I hope you got some good shots of stuff. We saw tons of bunnies!
    Laura

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  5. Some great birds you are seeing-I especially enjoyed your action shots of the Osprey!

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  6. Great pics Jen. Nice Bullock's, I've only seen one last spring.

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