I went to a pond in my town that I have not been to in quite some time. Here is a tiny river that feeds water from our large lake to the pond.
After that I went to a bike path we have in our town. This bike path was built for both people and wildlife. They designed it specifically for wildlife survival and have a ton of berry producing trees and shrubs. They also built blue bird boxes along the path. I normally don't go here because most birds seem to hide, but a few were out today.
Can someone please tell me what they are doing. I saw all of the ducks and the geese in the same position today. Are they trying to keep warm??
I had three highlights of the day. The first was the belted kingfisher I saw. I could hear him making his usual racket and looked around frantically to see if I could spot him. He was very busy looking for fish and perched on a tree branch. The picture is obviously blurry. He was very far away from me so getting a photo of him with my pathetic Kodak Easy Share was quite the task. I love this little bird. He is so cute and reminds me of this boy I used to have a crush on in the 80's when Mohawks were in style! Very Flocking Seagulls!
Second, I came upon a birds nest that was absolutely adorable. It was about the size of a puffed up house sparrow. I have no idea how the tissue got on there, but it was interesting to say the least. Can someone please tell me what kind of nest it is?
Last but certainly not least was the sighting of the most adorable bird I have ever seen. He was smaller than a chickadee and had gray feathers similar to the color of a catbird. The most stunning thing about him was this orangey, red spot on the very top of his head. I couldn't get in close enough for a picture and he wouldn't stand still anyhow. I am thinking he was a warbler because he was so small. He was eating grass seeds with the chickadees, song sparrows and juncos, so I may very well be wrong. I am racking my brain here trying to figure out what he is. I left my field guide in my office so I think I will be googling for the remainder of the night.
I am going back to the bike path first thing tomorrow morning. I found my new mini heaven and can't wait to get back.