Sunday, November 3, 2019

Fall colorful...

I've been immersed in Projects all of October! I'm so happy I took that day trip to go and find the Hudsonian Godwit a couple weeks ago..and I'd like to go back there as ducks arrive! I have made some Vlogs on my Youtube Channel (link on the right sidebar)  of my projects, both of the recent ones were pretty big projects...and I'm happy to have that hard work behind me.  I hope soon to be able to get back to making some of the Nature Vlogs I enjoy doing.  



Well it seems October NEARLY skunked me in the 5 mile radius.  I had  hopes when a person who had not birded this hotspot all year long reported a bird that I had not seen there this year.  He provided no photo of his early rare sighting (Louisiana Waterthrush) so I dunno it was not confirmed I did not refind that bird, if it was ever really there! Danggit.


BUT just today, the 30th, I was sitting in a chair at Mom's I saw movement on a tree via the window, a bird 'creeping' up the side...jumped up grabbed my sis's bins, and yes it was a Brown Creeper! A new yard bird for us and one for the Radius! #(124) I really didn't want to have a Zero month! No Photo as I was sitting with mom, and I don't normally take my camera on those days.  If you have never seen a Brown Creeper...then check this link to a photo

 ... the fall color is nice around the lake...




 sweet day


Cyprus trees loose their needles each winter but first they turn this awesome rusty orange color


focus focus focus

some early morning fog hangs around


Pied Billed Grebe swims in a puddle of color...





The side challenge for the month of October in our 5Mile Radius was "how many sparrows can you find" so I ended up with 3.  The Song Sparrow, the Chipping Sparrow, and the Eastern Towhee.  


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On Halloween Night we had a terrific thunderstorm pushed in by a cold front.  It drove the nastiest gulf air possible into our area for 2 days prior to hitting us...humidity was 99% if you even had a thought in your mind you would sweat so the AC was back on high! That morning on my way to do my last day of birding for October, a black cat with 2 white feet ran across my path! OH MY--you know I'm superstitious...what a day to have that happen.  Later the storm hit with a fury unlike any October storm I recall.  The wind swirled, trees swayed, rain pelted, the sky lit up with forks of lightening tossed hither and tither...then the power went out!  No spooky movies for us on this night so.....




PEACE
Every day is a new Adventure.

12 comments:

  1. What a night for a terrible storm! Yowch. Glad you are OK. Cool to see the brown creeper in your own yard. I used to go to a dentist located on the edge of a big park...I would always see creepers on the trees outside the exam room....(made it almost bearable ! ).

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    1. Hi Sallie....A window with a nice view a def plus in any office!

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  2. I did enjoy your photographs, such wonderful Autumn colours.
    So sorry to read about your storm, pleased you are ok.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan...Yes we had no power until the wee hours so we gave up and just turned in eventually..

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  3. It is quite amazing that when you are out looking for a bird, and applying all your field skills, you can't find it, yet you can be sitting talking to your mom, and quite unexpectedly a desirable species shows up. It gives a whole new meaning to being in the right place at the right time.

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    1. Exactly right David....I had no idea I'd finally get that bird for my yard list and the radius list.

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  4. Sunflowers are so pretty and some good bird shots too. You sure know how to enterain yourselves.

    After freezing for a few days we also are back to A/C no humidty just stuffy. Hope the power wasn't off for to long.

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    1. Hi Jo! Those Sunflowers were at a local sod farm, my sis and I went birding in the rain..we had some good birds, but the rain meant my photos were a disaster..so the Sunflowers were the only decent shots I got.

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  5. Lovely fall pictures Sondra, especially those of the lake and the trees. The Brown Creeper is very similar to our Tree Creeper. When out in the woods you have to know where to look to spot them, as you say its the sudden movement of them going up the tree trunks.

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    1. Hi Dave! Yep exactly...I have seen them around just not in my yard or the 5 mile radius so I was excited to get at least ONE to add to the list for October...it's getting harder to find a new species not seen as the year draws to a close. The very first time I saw a Brown Creeper I was with my mom in Yosemite Park, CA and we were having a picnic by an iconic lake view...a great memory that bird brings along with it.

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  6. A nice tick with the Creeper, they seem to be very much like our Treecreeper here. Seems like the weather knew it was Halloween!

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  7. Hello, Sondra! The Brown Creeper is a great yard bird. I see in the woods next to our home. The fall colors around the lake look lovely. It is colder here today, maybe winter arriving early. Beautiful photos. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend!

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