I love to go to the Bailey Tract before the crowd gets there - I find it extremely rewarding to just "be" with nature, this morning was especially sweet and it surprised me when I tallied up my species to arrive at 41 - wow - not a bad count for such a sleepy trail.
|This time of the year brings morning fog and I love how it plays out with the spider webs in the vegetation - this sleeping tree looked like it was decorated with glowing candle vessels.|
|Also, the Yellow-rumped Warblers appear in large numbers.|
|The regulars tend to hang out in their usual corner - staying still - and if you're not paying attention, you might even miss their presence.|
|This Eastern Phoebe seemed to want to play peek-a-boo games with me.|
|One of the raptors that I spotted, behind a mess of twigs - almost escaping my eyes.|
|After several lens wiping (due to the foggy condition) - I finally got a clearer view, when I got home I confirmed its identity - a Sharp-shinned Hawk - thanks to the Stokes bird identification book.|
|And I don't know about you, but the Northern Cardinal is always a pretty sight to see.|
|The Tricolored was hanging out toward the back of the Ani Pond - I almost missed him.|
|My last loop today was along the Airplane Canal, a White-eyed Vireo sang to me as he moved from branches to branches - always eluding my camera eye.|
|The Anhinga was resting and most likely digesting its last meal - check his beautiful ruby eyes.|
|And, so, I felt as if my cup was filled to the brim and my spirit was singing - I am now ready for the rest of my day.|
A Pileated Woodpecker sealed the day.
My E-Bird List for today.