I had a really upsetting thing happen a few days ago while walking near the river. Three twenty-somethings, two men and a woman, were entertaining themselves by throwing huge rocks at a family of ducks. The baby ducks couldn’t fly away, and the parents wouldn’t leave them, so they were getting hit with huge rocks. I was furious and approached the group while screaming, “Are you seriously throwing rocks at ducks?” Two of them looked away, but one of the men said he was just skipping rocks and kept throwing them at the ducks. I told him to stop skipping rocks then at which point he moved towards me with a huge rock in his hand and asked me what concern it was of mine. The reality that I’m a very non-intimidating 5’2″ female set in, and I got scared and left, hoping a rock wouldn’t hit me in the head as I did so.
I posted this story on a birding group on facebook. Most responders were in agreement that I should have called 911 and reported the incident. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my cell phone with me at the time and I was over a mile from home. Lesson learned. I’ll be carrying my cell phone with me on all my birding outings from now on. You never know what can happen.
In much more pleasant news, I have a few photos to share.
My feeders are attracting mostly American Goldfinches. Late one evening there was a female sitting on top of the feeders. The background of the photo was very dark, so I photoshopped it to be completely black. I like the way the photo turned out.
I saw this bird in the woods this week. I believe it’s an Eastern Phoebe–although I’m not that great at my flycatcher id’s. Please correct me if you think I’m wrong.
I really wish I could see more butterflies this summer. I did catch a glimpse of this tiny Skipper yesterday. It was so tiny that I only really noticed it because the color stood out.
The wind was blowing yesterday and many of the seeds were flying away from the thistle. It was so beautiful to watch.
Finally, this adorable fledgling Northern Cardinal found himself stuck in my garage. The mom went in, but the baby didn’t follow her out and he was flying around and bumping into things. I was afraid he would get hurt, so I escorted him out of the garage to the front lawn where mom and dad immediately attended to him. It’s amazing to me how any of these little fledglings make it.
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!