It was a Blue Jay in the grass that got me out back with my camera on Saturday afternoon. I’ve seen Blue Jays all along since I’ve lived here, but not often. And they usually fly through my field of vision, but never stop for a photo op. So why they were out there was a mystery, but they stuck around while I got my camera and tripod and got myself (sans dogs) outside.
While concentrating on the Blue Jays I couldn’t help but notice the cute little Palm Warblers, there were many, and they flitted merrily all over the yard.
If that wasn’t enough a Red-bellied Woodpecker decided to join the fun.
Overseeing all were the ever present Little Blue Herons. Two live on the lake, they are here all day every day, in the grasses at the edge of the lake, and commonly on the post that measures the water levels. Without the Sandhill Cranes to compete with they are the noisiest birds out there. One calling to the other across the lake, like a loud conversation. Today the Little Blue Heron and the Great Egret took turns on the post, but one of them was on it at all times.
And, of course, the ducks. Merlin, the app that has helped me identify all these birds, says they are Mottled Ducks. I love that app. Without it I’d have to ask for the ID of most of the birds out there no matter how common they may be. I read that you should learn to ID the birds on your own and not rely on Merlin. I should do a lot of things…