Yeah, yeah I know. There is snow on the ground, it’s still cold, and I actually saw snowflakes today. But the calendar says spring and I’m going with it! We actually have had a few brighter, sunnier days and it just feels better to be outside. I took a walk down by the river yesterday and photographed this beautiful American Robin, who seemed to be posing for me. Even though I know they’ve been here all winter, I still think of spring whenever I see them. She was sitting on a bridge with the river behind her and stayed for a long time while I watched her.
When I walked down to the water, there was a pair of Bufflehead swimming nearby–a male and a female. The diving ducks are new to me and I hoped to get a decent picture, but they quickly swam further away and very soon after flew away. There were not many other birds around, just a few Mallards.
I walked for a bit along a trail by the river. There were a number of White-throated Sparrows flying in the bushes and foraging on the ground.
Boy, am I bad at identifying sparrows! I know the House Sparrow and the White-throated Sparrow, but I can’t keep the rest straight. This is where being a birder through photography comes in so handy–I can just snap the photo and do the id later. Another great benefit is that I can post a photo on one of the facebook bird id groups and almost instantly receive help in figuring out the id.
Heading back to my car, there was a group of farm geese near the parking lot. I think some of these geese are so pretty, and they were happy to be basically right next to me. There were a number of parents and children in the park, and the kids loved being able to see the geese up close. I like seeing the kids enjoy the birds even more than I like watching the birds myself.
I took a quick trip to another nearby park, but I only stayed a few minutes and I didn’t see much. There was one Red-winged Blackbird that sat in one spot for the longest time.
He wasn’t calling or hopping from place to place, just sitting. I caught him stretching a few times, but that was it. I could hear many other Red-winged Blackbirds, but this one was content to sit and chill.
I’m loving my new lens. I do seem to have a bit higher percentage of out-of-focus photos than I usually do, but it was really only the second time I took it out and there is a learning curve. But I love the photos I get where I nail the focus. I’m so very happy with my purchase, which is good because it took me over a year to decide which lens to buy!