A Walk in the Woods

Despite the frustration of the onset of Spring migration and the confusion of trying to identify warbler songs not heard in a year – and the self-inflicted malady of “warbler neck”… there is still peace in the woods.

A Barred Owl diligently peruses the creek, and scoops up a crayfish lunch.

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A female Northern Cardinal believes herself unseen in her not-so-hidden nest.

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A Great Blue Heron balances on one leg, perhaps resting after a successful morning hunt.

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And, even if the warblers don’t cooperate for pictures, the wildflowers are there, ever lovely.

 

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A Cold (Southern) Winter

It surprised me, when I moved to Tennessee, how cold it can get here. Originally from Pennsylvania, it seems that driving 12 hours south would put you in a warmer climate. But the growing zone is the same here as for my native Philadelphia. White throated portrait (1280x913) Shadow (776x777)
One thing we usually don’t get here is snow, but the last 2 weeks saw more than our share. My life-long hobby of feeding the birds amped up considerably due to the frozen, covered ground. When I walked outside recently to chase a passing grackle hoard off the feeders, the resident songbirds, more used to my presence, provided me with some great photo opportunities.

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