Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Bald Eagle and the Red Winged Blackbird

This morning, as I arrived at Eastern College Pond, I saw a Bald Eagle fly into a tree right at the entrance to the pond.  First time ever seeing a bald eagle at the pond.  I pointed my camera his way as he flew up and circled the pond with a redwing blackbird trailing behind.  He circled a few times, then descended down to the pond grabbed a fish and flew up and away.  I took a thousand photographs - all not in very good light, but here's one with both birds in the same frame.  

Friday, April 22, 2022

The Curious Nuthatch

This guy was on a tree far far away from me.  He noticed me taking his picture and took off and flew right up to the tree next to me and checked me out.  Such a cool moment!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Mourning Dove Today in Valley Forge

 I searched and searched for the warblers and finally found a few at the very top of the trees in Valley Forge.  I didn't get any good photographs, but on my way out of the woods, this pretty Mourning Dove posed in mid air.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Calling All the Single Ladies

 American Toad today in Valley Forge National Park.  It is just the beginning of the mating season for these little cuties.  They come out of the woods and into the vernal pools where there will be a wild orgy for the next few days.  The ladies will lay long strings of eggs that will be fertilized and then a few weeks later, thousands and thousands of tadpoles will be the result.  They will then turn into little tiny toads and finally will hop back into the woods after the vernal pools dry up. 

Seven Toad Pile-up.  Mom's at the bottom.  

The Look of Love

Brothers Discussing Dating Strategies

Friday, April 8, 2022

Little Peeper in the Bog

 They were singing their hearts out in Charlestown Meadows late this afternoon.  I put on my boots and walked into the bog and there they were.  No bigger than a postage stamp and so aware.

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Bluebirds and Deer in the Woods Today

It was another cold day in the woods in Charlestown Meadows today, but the spring is coming and the bluebirds and the deer came out to play.