We had another field trip yesterday morning with the ornithology class I’m taking. So far, we’ve been very lucky on these field trips and have seen a ton of birds. But our streak ended yesterday. It was absolutely freezing out–very windy and grey. We were hoping to see a Wilson’s Snipe–but no such luck. We did see a number of ducks–but they were all far off and we needed to use the scope to see them. We also watched a hawk (either a Cooper’s or a Sharp-Shinned) eating his breakfast in a tree, but again he was too far off to see well and pictures were impossible. We did see a number of Sandhill Cranes, and I love this one shot I got of one in a field.
Typically, I like to get pictures of birds as close-up as possible. But sometimes it’s nice to see them from farther away and include the habitat as part of the photo. I like the overall effect on the Sandhill Crane photo above, and also on this picture of a male Eastern Bluebird I took long ago.
The weather outside improved considerable by the afternoon. It felt much more like a spring day, with the wind dying down and the sun shining. I was thrilled to finally see the crocuses blooming in my yard!
Boy, have we waited for that!
And there was one more pleasant surprise yesterday. After hosting a pair of male Flickers in my yard all winter, I finally saw a female yesterday! Maybe I’ll have a nesting pair nearby after all!