Saturday, March 5, 2011

The New Yard

I've been really, really busy lately. It doesn't look like it'll let up anytime soon. But at least I've got my new hoe to enjoy. And the birds...I've gotten my yard list quickly into the mid-40's. Okay, so I've decided to count my community as my yard. This includes all three community docks. Today I discovered Pier 2. Oh, I love Pier 2. It has a fantastic view (okay, it's a view) of the open Chesapeake Bay! My yard list can go amazing places now! Today I added HORNED GREBE (2) and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER (2 drakes, 3 hens) to my list. I am sure that a RED-NECKED GREBE is just lurking out there now!I hope you are enjoying these last few days of winter. Migration is on. Much like the Haas family, Maryland's wintering geese and waterfowl have been busy making plans for moves of their own. As a matter of fact, Friday and today seem to be THE day that huge numbers have decided to get going North. And today, an OSPREY, my THIRD?! of the year in the county, flew over my home. Something IS up around here. Like our local PEREGRINE FALCONS (above photo). That is the female swirling around in the skies above Annapolis, gaining altitude and venturing off to get some lunch with her tiercel friend!

Hear that??? That is the sounds of birds singing to impress. Spring is coming. Migration is on. But now? Now I've got to go out and sing myself... at a tavern... somewhere over there on the mainland.

To usher out the cold winter weather, long nights and short days, I happy leave you with this (below) ICELAND GULL (and some nifty added effects).Be good,


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