Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bald eagle day

I was going to call this post "Bluebird Day", but I think it's early yet for those brilliant little ones. Birds we did see yesterday at the farm:
  • A juvenile bald eagle on the "eagle tree" in the hill field
  • Full-grown bald eagle on the same tree earlier in the morning
  • A pair of loons. The male stood on the dock with his wings held up as if to give his mate some privacy while she took her morning dip in the pond
  • Many many jenny wrens with their cheerful upward tails (many many jennies!)
  • The ubiquitous Canada geese
  • A hawk (probably a broad-winged hawk?) carrying bits of lunch
  • A skittish robin
  • A pair of rock pigeons nesting in the machine shed
Unfortunately, I didn't get photos of any of the birds, but it was a storybook day with a wide blue sky and green green fields of pretty babies washed clean by yesterday's rain bath. Cattle are much easier to photograph than birds.
And although no photograph can capture the all 'round huge spinning beauty of the great wide open on such a beautiful spring day, the photo above does a poor job of trying. My baby was awake and alert for our entire walk yesterday, his eyes wide and searching from his stroller. I think maybe he'll be a country mouse like his mama. I hope so.

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