Seen Along the Trail

Photos taken on my daily walks

Posts from the ‘American robin’ category

Hobnobbing with the chickadees

The chickadees in my neighborhood park are well-acquainted with my habit of carrying sunflower seeds in the pocket of my jacket, a fact that brings them flying when they see me tramping down the trail. Yesterday I actually had one land on my hat, but usually they just light on a tree branch or bush nearby, hoping that I have brought them a treat.

Today I had a different kind of chickadee experience. It seems that chickadees are attracted by the song of the Carolina wren. A photographer friend told me she had seen the wrens recently in the area around the evergreen trees, so I headed down that trail. Not seeing any, I got out my phone, opened the iBird app, and played the Carolina wren song. I hoped to see a wren appear among the evergreens, but what appeared instead were, you guessed it, chickadees, and they posed quite willingly on the branches of the evergreen trees.

Unfortunately, as the sun was shining brilliantly (a novelty for March here on the south shore of Lake Erie) and the chickadees had perched on the dark evergreen trees, the camera metered for the dark green trees and completely blew out the white feathers on the chickadees, a fact I didn’t realize it until I saw the pictures on my computer. So today I am sharing with you this picture, one of only two that were salvageable from the 10 or so that I shot today. Lesson learned…and shared with my “blog buddies.”

Until next time…
Carolyn aka Skip

Look what the sun brought out!

It’s amazing the difference a little sunshine will make after what seems like weeks of overcast skies. The sunny skies brought lots of walkers to the trails in the park and lots of birds too. The red-bellied woodpecker is usually too shy to come within range of my camera lens, but today I captured three pictures of him. Isn’t he a beauty? (Maybe it’s a she. I will have to look that up.)

Unusual pose for a nuthatch

Walking in the park, I am much more likely to see the nuthatches (and there are hundreds of them) land in a tree and walk down the trunk. That is typical behavior for the nuthatch, but this fellow decided to pose a little differently for his portrait. I wonder if he is more vain than the rest of them?

Carolyn aka Skip

Summer is here for sure!

It was good to get back to the park for a photo walk this morning. I hadn’t been there in a while, and it is amazing to see the changes as we slide from spring into “seriously-it’s-summer!” Despite our lack of rain, the grass and trees in the park are still green and beautiful, but today’s weather, a sunny 90 degrees, made me happy to retreat to my little home office where I turned the AC on high and sank into my chair. As much as I enjoy the time I spend outdoors, when it’s hot and humid like this, I’m grateful for a cool place indoors and the time spent processing and posting my pictures. I didn’t take a lot of photos, but I brought home a few that made me happy, and that’s what I am sharing with you today. (Click on any picture to see a larger version.)

The first chipmunk was enjoying his breakfast and having a swing at the same time. The squirrels like the feeding tray too. The curious one checking out the food supply is one of our regular visitors. It is comical to watch them climb in, hunch down, and munch away at the birdseed. I don’t know who eats more, the birds or the “rodents.” The other pictures are from my morning photo walk in our neighborhood park. Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you enjoyed the fruits of my walk.

Carolyn aka Skip

Backyard birds and a squirrel

Our backyard feeding station has become increasingly popular with the Baltimore oriole couple who have moved into the neighborhood. It is such a joy to see their brilliant orange plumage flashing from tree to tree and landing occasionally on the feeding station we set out just for them. It’s quite the pricey addition to our “aviary”, but as we are getting a lot of delight from watching the orioles, I’m not going to complain about the cost of feeding them. The other visitor to our feeding area today is an old friend, one of the many squirrels that enjoy the challenge of stealing a meal out of our “squirrel proof” bird feeders. Is there such a thing as squirrel proof? I don’t think so!

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Thanks for stopping by to share this beautiful spring day with me. I hope to see you soon.

~ Carolyn aka Skip