It’s hard to get anything done these days. Every day there is more and more going on outside–birds returning, nests being made, flowers blooming–I just want to see it all. I only had about an hour yesterday to get out. It was chilly, and windy, but I did find a little path where there was a lot of activity. I watched this Yellow-rumped Warbler for a long time.
Such a pretty bird, and I can’t look at one anymore without hearing the leader of my ornithology class pointing out the headlight, sidelights, and taillights on this bird!
There were also a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers around. These are relatively new birds to me–I noticed them last summer for the first time. They jump around a lot, and are not easy to photograph, but they are adorable little birds!
I was standing quietly in one spot for about a half hour watching these little birds. Suddenly, I noticed a Blue Jay nearby. He was hiding in some brush and I couldn’t get a clear look. Then he landed just a few feet from me and fed a female Blue Jay sitting on a nest. She was right next to me the whole time and I never noticed her! I’m not one to hover around a nesting bird and I felt pretty bad I had been standing there so long. So off I went. I know that path in the park gets a lot of use, and it always surprises me when birds will nest right in the open like that.
Hope you are also enjoying all the wonders of spring!