Birds of a feather…

6 07 2008

This afternoon, after lunch at Austin Grill, Regina, Jeff, Michael, and Nancy (Michael’s sister) and I went to check out the Hidden Pond Nature Center just down the road from the restaurant. Jeff had noticed the sign for it some time ago and wanted to check it out. Hidden Pond encompasses 25 acres, and is a little gem of a place with a peaceful duckweed covered pond and lots of turtles, dragonflies, frogs, snakes, rabbits, and birds. We saw every one of these critters during our visit. Regina discovered the snake (I walked right past it and it was less than two feet away from me!) and a giant bullfrog. We spent at least 45 minutes in the visitor’s center, watching various birds land on the bird feeders just outside the 2-story building. The nature center staff members were very helpful and even offered me a chair and opened the window near the feeders so I could have an unobstructed view while shooting. They said visitors rarely stay as long as we did to watch the birds, so they were quite helpful. I was able to get some nice shots of a variety of birds. It is so close by that we’ve vowed to go back again soon. Below: Mourning dove, Tufted Titmouse, Black-capped Chickadee, female Cardinal, Northern House Wren, female House Finch (thanks, Regina!), male Cardinal, American Goldfinch, and a White-breasted Nuthatch. (If you are an avid birder and I have identified any of these incorrectly, please enlighten me!).

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6 07 2008
Hershel Dyer

These photos are amazing — had you and your photos been available when John James Audubon was compiling his “Birds of America,” he could have done his paintings without the necessity of killing the birds (or of having them killed) to make them available for study. What a boon you would have been to America’s bird populations!

6 07 2008
Regina

Cindy,

The bird you called a house wren is actually a female house finch. If she had bolder stripes on her head behind her eyes, she would be a female purple finch (they look a lot alike). Wrens stick up their tails (like mockingbirds) and are more of a rusty color, with slightly longer & narrower beaks.

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