Bird-watching Woes

I saw such amazing birds this week and yet my post is titled bird-watching woes.  Wonder why?

It’s because I didn’t have my camera when I saw them!  The Wayne Gretzky quote, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” went through my mind.

Of course, it would have been hard for him to take those shots without a hockey stick.

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Had my camera but struggled to get a decent shot of this dove

My Bird-Watching Woes:

ONE: No Camera

On Wednesday, there were Cedar Wax Wings!  Cedar Wax Wings are the most amazing birds and I’ve only seen them one other time when I didn’t yet have my good camera.

When I saw the “museum” of Cedar Wax Wings on Wednesday, I was at work!  They were flying from the evergreen tree on the playground over to the bare tree tops on the other side of the fence.  It was very hard to watch children on the playground as opposed to the birds.

Naturally, I didn’t have my camera with me at work.  When I walked back out later (on my break) with my cell phone, the birds were gone.  Every day during my coming and going to work, I took the long way into the building, cell phone ready, but never saw them again during the course of the week.

I am, of course, grateful to have seen them.  And since they are year-round residents of our state, perhaps I’ll get eventually get a decent photo of one.

TWO: No Birds Plus No Time!

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Our skies have looked a lot like this lately

Not sure if it was our whiplash weather or something else but there were very few birds around during the rest of the week.  Well, at least when I had the time to look which wasn’t very often.

THREE: Uncooperative Weather

We went from sunny fall days to COLD ones.  Cold enough for me to dig out my winter sweaters.  Not great weather for bird-watching.

On Friday, I decided to take the time to battle the cold, gray day (rain was moving in for the weekend) and go on a walk to look for birds.  Friday was an odd day where I worked in the morning and then, agreed to return to work in the afternoon.

I spent my longer break in the day over at a local park where the boys and I used to go once in a while.  Thought it would likely be deserted due to the cold (didn’t want to be the creepy lady with a camera and no kids at a park!).  Only one other brave soul there, walking her dog.  We had a brief conversation about the yucky weather, her dog, and my camera (What you taking pictures of?  Birds.  Oh, there are a bunch over there.  Have a good weekend!).

Did I mention it was cold?  bird-watching woes My fingers could hardly hold the camera to focus on the birds I did see.  At the park, I noticed chickadees, a red-headed woodpecker, sparrows, doves, and robins.

Once at home, this kind Cardinal agreed to pose for my camera. bird-watching woes At least, my lovely Cardinals are still hanging around.  This poor fellow was just as cold as I was on Friday, I think.  bird-watching woes

Linking up my post with The Bird Depot, hosted by Anni from I’d Rather B Birdin’.

What birds have you noticed lately?





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2 thoughts on “Bird-watching Woes

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes, they are here year-round. However, I’ve only seen them one other time when I saw them for the very first time last year. I do love my cardinals! Hope the weather improves for both of us.


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