Awesome trip! Although we came later in the day than we probably should have, we had a great time. We had a try at slower-paced birdwatching- instead of just adding to our life list, we took time to observe bird behavior, flight and calls. Just after we first arrived we heard a kingfisher, but all we found was a veery in a tangle of roots next to the water. We had hoped for some waterfowl, but somehow they sensed that there were birders in the area, and we saw not one duck. As the day went on, we observed carolina wrens, white-throated sparrows, and even
blue jays! It was great to get a closer look at their behavior- the carolina wrens looked like a mated pair, and they “talked” to each other- hey, babe, found some grubs over here!
Then came the time that all birdwatchers dread- when the sun has finished rising and there isn’t a bird to be found. Everyone stopped to sketch the scenery. I tried to see if I could find anything and came upon a few song sparrows, white throated sparrows, and chipping sparrows foraging together and fighting over the right to the best patch of greenery.
Finally, we stopped to picnic for a while and play bird games. A pair of yellow-rumped warblers appeared when we
We also observed buckeye butterflies coming through the area.