Yellow-Rumped Warbler Female
I was told that this beautiful little bird I saw at Delta Ponds today is a Yellow-rumped Warbler. It is a tiny, very active bird quite difficult to catch still. I watched as it would fly up in the air and make a loop before coming to rest for an instant on a bush along the pond. The bush had berries on it, perhaps the bird loves them. It repeated the maneuver over and over again, and was off again before I could get a shot off. I kept trying to anticipate when it would land and would fire a shot or two. That's how I got this shot. I was overjoyed that I had got something. Some shots were blank. The bird was gone before the shutter tripped. I had to overcome the shutter lag of a compact. Color me happy! :)
Remarkable Sight! What is it?
The sky was covered with clouds this morning, as usual, when I took my walk. While I watched, a hole in the clouds allowed me to see a sight I haven't seen before! I thought the globe I saw was the sun filtered by clouds. But wasn't the brilliant spot on the left the sun? Also, at times I could see detail on the globe at the right, and isn't the sun too brilliant to even look at most of the time? And what about the space between them? Also, if that is the sun why is it shining so brilliantly through heavy clouds and not so bright in the open break in them? I sure don't claim to be knowledgeable about the heavenly bodies in the sky, but whatever I saw was remarkable, to say the least! I have received several different theories, so I'll leave the explanation up to you!
February 4th and Our Rhody Has Bloomed!
We have one rhododendron in our yard that blooms every year in February. The rest of them bloom at different times as we get into spring. But this one is our early riser! There are several blooms on the bush and lots of buds. It brightens up our yard on these winter days!
What Is That Up There?
This Red-shouldered Hawk seems to be quite intent on something above. Being in a tree, it is unlikely, unless it might be a small bird that it could be interested in. Anyway, I loved the pose. The hawk seems to be spending a lot of time at Delta Ponds. For that I am grateful, for I have seen it a number of times. And it is a thrill every time!
Just a Little Love Nest
I have seen three trees with Great Blue Heron nests at Delta Ponds. The herons are in the nests now and it won't be too long before it is time for baby herons to hatch. All we humans have to do is to observe nature at work and we can see wonderful things. It is when we interfere with nature that problems come up. When I visit the Ponds I always try to not disturb the wildlife and just be an observer. I will be watching for the new crop of young ones. I saw a Canada Goose with some chicks yesterday, but wasn't able to get a photo.
Almost done! Great Work, Guys!
Our good friends, Jeff and Max, bid for the job of building a new fence along the 120 foot long east side of our property. What contributed to the need for a new fence was the removal of the neighbor's hedge, which had grown into a 15 foot high irritant, to say the least. I had been after the landlord to remove it for several years. It would sometimes hang over our fence on our side and we would have to continually prune it back. Finally, the day came when, all of a sudden, the hedge was being pulled out completely. Oh, happy day!
The problem we had before was that it would have required us to hack away at the hedge to get at our fence to put a new one in. The old one had been there for up to 20 years. Now, once the hedge was gone some of the fence fell down. :) It was time to put the new one in, before any tenants moved in next door. Jeff and Max came this weekend and installed the new fence, and what a great job they did! The fence looks great! That's the old fence piled in front!
I am late getting yesterday's photo posted. Last night at a meeting I was in a hurry to get to a friend before they left and in my haste banged my shin on a seat. By the time I got home I had a big swelled up spot that was getting dark from bleeding. Ice bags were used on it all the rest of the evening and all morning. Now, it is looking much better. Anyway, the purpose of my tale of woe is to explain why no photo post last night.
I love the scene on this tapestry that Carol has hanging in our little sunroom. It carries me across the sea to France, where I have never been. Well, that's what it makes me think of, anyhow.
Flying Aces at the Ponds
There are lots of Canada Geese at Delta Ponds now. It is entertaining to watch them, fighting among themselves, chasing one another, and flying in unison over the Ponds. I know they are quite common to most of us, but I really love to see them fly and try to get good pictures. It helps to check this old guy's reflexes! :)
Delta Ponds Bridge
A new Delta Ponds landmark is the Delta Ponds Bridge that opened for cyclists and pedestrians on November 16, 2010. This view of the bridge can be seen from a small bridge in the ponds. Delta Ponds Bridge is a good place for photographing birds in the pond below.
At Times I Can't Seem to Get My Head On Straight!
I liked the lighting and detail in this photo of a cormorant! I had to smile at its pose. It seemed to have its head on backward. I also loved the detail in its wings.
Flying Over The Ponds
It was good to see some blue sky when I visited Delta Ponds, and the billowing clouds. Two birds, probably geese, flying over the ponds add the finishing touch to what I considered a beautiful scene. Hopefully, you agree!
A Master Hunter
Lately, whenever I make it over to Delta Ponds, I look for my friend, the hawk. This Red-shouldered Hawk has been there a while, so hunting must be good. According to the Audubon Guide to American Birds website: "Usually hunts by watching from a perch, either within forest or in open, swooping down when it locates prey. Sometimes flies very low in open areas, taking creatures by surprise. May use hearing as well as sight to locate prey." That is just what this one was doing, watching from a perch looking for something to swoop down on.
I have seen it do this a couple times, a privilege to see! The quote mentions the hawk uses hearing as well as sight. I didn't know that before. There is noise in the Ponds from a nearby highway, but I guess that doesn't prevent it from hearing prey. They are amazing hunters. See: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/red-shouldered-hawk