Backyard Birds & More

April 29, 2020

I was on our deck grilling some chicken, and a few Yellow-rumped Warblers kept flying from branch to branch in our sycamore tree and landed on the deck railing just a few feet from my grill.

After dinner, I grabbed my camera, sat down on the deck, and photographed them for about an hour—all of a sudden, they disappeared?

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I thought this was strange until I looked to my left, and in the tree was a Pileated Woodpecker. Lake living allows us to see a lot of different wildlife, and although often hearing these unique woodpeckers calls, we rarely see them.

The large adult male with its mostly dark gray body and prominent red cap are beautiful birds. After watching it run up and down the tree, it finally flew off.

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The next day was sunny, in the evening I took a walk to the other side of the lake where there is a large wetland area. Over the years, I've seen Sandhill Cranes, Mallards, and Geese nest.

At the lake's edge, there were a few goslings nestled deep in the grass that didn't provide a photographic opportunity. Walking along the wetland, Red-winged Blackbirds were hopping around on last season's cattails. The females were trusting with my presence, as the males stayed further away.

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On my walk home, I felt blessed being able to enjoy nature's beauty so close to our home.

Photography should be fun! It's not about the phone or camera brand you're using. Always remember, your best photographs are the result of one thing, making an effort to get out and shoot.

Comments always welcomed.
Mark