Happy Hummingbird Trails

They installed a hummingbird trail at a local nature park. I finally visited last Thursday. I’m so glad I took the time to go see. It did not disappoint!

The trails are  just outside the storm shelter/new nature center at George Owens Nature Park. The same park where the snowmen were last December. 

After chatting for a bit with the volunteer inside the nature center, I ventured outside to see if I could finally capture a hummingbird photo.  The center volunteer told me people sit and wait and bring tripods for their shots. Didn’t bring a tripod but I did sit on a bench to wait.  And I didn’t have to wait long! 

I had a great time just sitting and watching and listening to these amazing tiny birds! Finally, one flew to a tree out of the sun’s glare.  Excuse me, you’ve got some tree branch blocking my shot. How’s this?  Maybe this? 

I did better when they slowed down (ha!) enough to take a sip from the feeders. 

I also took a break from the busy birds and hiked a short (paved) trail through the park down to the lake. Not a single bird on the lake area but I did spy a camera-shy blue bird in the picnic area.  Spotted a few sparrows. A red-bellied woodpecker as well as a downy woodpecker. Thought I was zooming in on my elusive bluebird and found this baby in the viewfinder instead: 

Fairly certain, the baby is a blue jay.  Spent quite a long time watching for the blue bird to return. Spotted a couple late season young robins. Watched a turkey vulture circle the sky. Made my way back up the trail. Stopped to say goodbye to a summer flower (and hello to a Skipper).  As I walked toward the parking lot, I spotted a few more hummingbird feeders near the old nature center. Of course, I backtracked and watched a few more hummingbirds dart around them. Then, I snapped this final photo before returning home: 

What birds did you spot this week?

Linking my post up with the Bird D’Pot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’.

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6 thoughts on “Happy Hummingbird Trails

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I was sure surprised when I found it in the camera finder instead of the bluebird I thought had come back to the tree. Hope your Monday is off to a terrific start!

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I really do love hummingbirds though they are so hard (for me) to capture on camera! Hope your week is also off to a terrific start!

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  1. Sallie

    Great bird walk…. I’ve seen a LOT of blue jays, but never ever a baby., How wonderful! I’m envious. I read your post above this one too and it made me tired just reading it (but I remember those days … fortunately I was younger then and definitely more energetic ).
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    1. Jean Post author

      It was a bit of a surprise to see the baby! I also spotted two baby jays a few weeks ago (helps when the neighbors have a giant oak tree) but I’d never seen a baby blue jay prior to that. I always seem to put a bit too much on my list, more than I usually accomplish. Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

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