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 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’.