Monday, November 15, 2021

Just A Little Sun To Take The Chill Off

I do like early morning birding in November. Many of the leaves have fallen from the tree and the frost has tamed the wildweeds. Some of the birds have headed south for warmer climates but many still remain. 

I stopped at a patch of woods with a little bit of cover underneath. A winter coat and a nice spray of sunshine was all I needed to make me forget the temperature was down in the 30'sBirds are easier to see without vegetation blocking the view. 

Birds like to find a sunny spot too in the colder weather.

I also checked some of the local ponds. There was many geese and a few Bufflehead ducks swimming about.
This cormorant seemed quite content with a nice rock and a little bit of sunshine to take the chill off. It seems that the bird and I had the same plan this morning!

Sunday, November 7, 2021

A Pond So Pretty I forgot The Birds

I can't believe that I've only been 10 minutes away from Miller's Pond. I remember going there as a kid but haven't been back since. The water was crystal clear, the trees reflecting off the water looked like a painting, and not a house or cottage was anywhere in sight. 
I walked the trail that circled the pond and admired the rocky formations I came across. There were some birds along the way. The expected chickadees, robins, titmice, woodpeckers, and one Ruby-crowned Kinglet to top things off but this morning was all about the scenery.
I came across this 1895 marker. I'm not sure what it means but hopefully nobody is buried there.
I was shocked to see a group of about 10 swimmers out in the water since the temperature was in the 30's!

Parks that have ponds unspoiled by human habitation are a treasure and I know that I will be back here with a fishing pole and then again in the spring for the return of the warblers!