Thursday, April 3, 2014


I met a couple of friends this morning to do a recon down at the river to see what had come in.  The clouds moved in much earlier than anticipated and a light drizzle every now and then so we did not stay long.  Driving down the dirt path to the river I had the window rolled down and it sounded like a symphony to my ears.  One thing for sure if you can't see them, at least you know they are present by their song.

Most were up in the trees and you can't get a decent shot against a gray sky background.  We did see and was confirmed by all three of us a Prothonotary, Northern Parula and I did manage to get a so-so shot of a Yellow-throated Warbler and a Common Yellowthroat that were closer to the ground.

Looking back at photos from last year, we are definitely running behind.  I think the cooler weather has delayed arrival.  I figure by next week if the weather holds, birding should be getting very exciting.

We had started back up towards the vehicles since a fairly good drizzle was starting when I heard the unmistakable sound of Wood Ducks coming in.  A local group has placed several houses in a swampy area near the river and it looks like a pair was going to make use of one.  Definitely not a very good shot but it was fast and I was not at a good vantage point.  Oh well, you have to try.


G L Buzzell said...

I'm thinking that seeing the different birds on your site may make me look around me more. Thanks for posting these, Paula.

Paula said...

This is definitely the hot time. The Northern Parula came in here at the house today. In a couple of weeks I will have to head down to Carolina Beach State Park to check out the Painted Buntings. If you have not seen them, it will be worth your time. They are quite beautiful.