Other than a hummingbird mercilessly taunting my photography attempts, I’ve not done much bird-watching this week.
And on another sad note, the city finally paid a visit to our neighbors with the wild backyard. Their backyard is no longer a wonderful habitat and looks once again like all the other suburban yards in this area. SIGH.
Thankfully, the Carolina Wren stuck around the yards. He’s in our yard now. I’ve announced our yard waste (a decent pile of sticks and such) must now stay forever. My husband disagrees.
Let’s think back to happier times like last weekend when I did get to do some birding. We visited Roaring River State Park and the scenery included some interesting birds!
One of the common sights around the park:
Don’t you love when you accidentally learn something on a weekend getaway? Ha! I always called the birds at the park turkey vultures. Never realized they were indeed black vultures. They do have turkey vultures in the area as well but I didn’t spot any of them once I realized all these times I’ve been looking at black vultures. You’ll often find them hanging out at the fish cleaning station.
I have several sub-par photos from three years ago of them in that area. Didn’t manage a new photo at the fish cleaning area. This time, with just my husband and myself, we stumbled on this while on a hike:
The naturalist in the nature center told us the park obtained a special permit to relocate some of them. She told us they were taking the wipers off cars as well as damaging the roof of the lodge. Moving on from the vultures, by far the most common bird I spotted at the park, I did see a few other birds. Apparently, hummingbirds all across the state enjoy tormenting my sad attempts to take their photos! I spotted one sipping honeysuckle but alas he said, “no photos, please” and jetted away!
Just outside the nature center, my husband spied a goldfinch.
I finally spotted one and managed to capture a quick photo (Did I mention the cloudy skies and rain every day we were there?).
It was fun to spot some new (to me) birds before driving home. We spent a lot of the drive home playing turkey vulture or black vulture? And I spotted a few more kingfishers (no photos at highway speeds though!). (Linking up my post with the Bird Depot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather Be Birdin’)