The Brown Thrasher, Georgia State Bird
Georgia On My Mind
Visiting my sister and her husband in Georgia - just their backyard is a great bird experience...
In the Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Georgia, a pine warbler, and a Hairy Woodpecker.
A day trip to Pike Road Alabama, the small lake has several Great Blue Herons (p.s. didn't have my best lens for these two photos, but still couldn't resist.)
The Laguna, after the rain
Half-way decent rainfall last night, definitely enough to at least freshen our super dry landscape...so I took a stroll through the Laguna de Santa Rosa, accessible from Sebastopol.
This looked like a cormorant, and it turned out it was - a double-crested, on a log near the Laguna waterway. Not just a sea bird, apparently.
A small flock of Cedar waxwings (above); as well as many yellow-rumped warblers (below:)
Found this male Downy woodpecker working on a big hole - guess that's what they like to do this time of year...
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Bodega
Hole in the Head, Bodega - yellow-rumped warblers, but this time, not shooting against the bright morning light, so was able to capture these colorful little birds much better.
While I was getting photos of the warblers, a female American Kestrel flew over!!!! (Female has stripes on body instead of spots and a more orange coloring over-all, than the male kestrel).
Surprised a mother deer and her fawn while walking around the pond, these are coastal deer which look somewhat different from the deer on the property.
From the back yard -
Return of the Kestrel
The Cherryridge orchards are lucky to have a resident kestrel - around in the fall and winter, he disappears at the beginning of spring, probably to mate and raise a family in another location.
A pair of mallards pass on the waterway, as well as a pied-billed grebe.
The beginning of a hot, October's Day, at Bodega Harbor
Lots of small bird activity at Hole in the Head, Bodega, since the hot morning had brought out a large host of flying insects - yellow-rumped warblers and the warbling vireos were among the birds active in the small shrubs around the large freshwaster pond.