Monday, May 20, 2013

Spring Bird Count

    On May 18 I did my spring bird count in the area I was assigned. I was happy because I found 20 species and three other species I could not identify. It was  a warm, clear day with very little wind. 

   Now don't expect bird pictures. My point and shoot is not up to bird photos. I did get some decent shots of the area I counted in.

   The area I do is a heavily wooded ravine with old growth forest. Most of the trees are spruce. It's a beautiful area.

Forest entry. You've seen this when it was snowy.

Early blue violet

The bike trail through the forest.

The first Buffalo bean

An overview of the forest


Shale trail

Luckily I saw a reflection
     I see I didn't set the time on my camera so this is a few days from now. I don't know how that's going to work. 
  
   I hope you liked my bird counting trip. 

38 comments:

  1. Red , that sure looks like a pretty place to count birds,

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    1. It's a rather large area right in the city. It's a gem.

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  2. The last image is a real beauty.

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    1. It was great but it wasn't treated very well with my point and shoot.

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  3. Love the photos - your Spring looks spectacular after a long, cold winter. Great bird count - so nice to keep in touch with the number of species each year.

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    1. This was pretty good because I do the same area and sometimes it's more like a dozen species.

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  4. A nice walk in beautiful surroundings. I like walks in the wood and the sound of birds singing there.

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    1. I don't walk there enough. I usually ride bike through the area.

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  5. I enjoyed your bird counting trip, very much. The photo with the cloud reflection is very pretty!

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    1. Thank you. I really need more camera to do justice to something like that. I can't see my display very well so I'm never sure what the picture will look like.

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  6. Nice area. I have not had time to do any walking and bird looking. Miss that.

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    1. It is a very beautiful area.

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  7. What a lovely walk through the trails - even nicer when we can see all the beauty you experience on your bird count. I especially like the forest entry and the reflection on the lake.

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    1. Thank you. I'm going to take advice from an elderly friend. She says find a bench , sit there and count the birds as they go by.

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  8. Nice, Red. Your bird shots are all very pretty and look a lot like trails and flowers. :-)

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    1. Yes, I guess I am a whiz at taking bird pictures after all!

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  9. loved your walking area. especially love the violet - always makes me think of wisconsin and younger days.

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    1. The area I was in was carpeted with violets.

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  10. I did! I would love to actually walk there. Until then this is really nice!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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    1. I never thought that I could have included one of those fancy maps. Thanks for making me think about it.

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  11. How fortunate that you live in a bird paradise. Good for you, and especially for the birds.

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  12. It's a little too good of a paradise because to see small birds in the top of an 80 ft spruce is just about impossible. But I guess the place is for the birds.

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  13. It looks like a lovely outing. And how was the bird count?

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    1. I got 20 species and three I couldn't see well enough to identify. It's a tough place to see birds as some ore in the top of the 80 ft spruce and you can't see them.

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  14. It's nice to see what was under all that snow. :)
    Looks like a very lovely and inviting place. No wonder you found so many birds.
    LOVE your reflection shot!

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    1. The opening was actually a railway grade in the early 1900's. The railroad was never completed but the marks are still there.

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  15. Aren't photos hard for birds??? Luck = when preparation meets opportunity!
    Lots of fun, Red!

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    1. You also need more patience than I have.

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  16. It's nice to see that spring finally came your way.

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    1. Things smartened up in a hurry but it was late.

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  17. Lovely walk..your trees are all leafed out! Twenty is quite a few birds..how do that compare to other years? :)

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    1. Usually I get in the 14 to 16 range so 20 is a good day. There were three species I couldn't see well enough to identify.

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  18. I enjoyed your bird count. I may someday try that one Red. Lovely photos

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    1. Make sure you go with somebody and you will have fun.

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  19. You had a beautiful area to cover Red! You spotted a lot of different species of birds, I never would have thought there were so many different ones and next time I'm in the country I'll have to see how many different birds I can spot. This trip around it was woodpeckers, ducks, a couple of crows and that was about it.

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    1. There are certainly more species there than I found. There are three species of wood pecker and I only found one. I usually use hearing to find birds and then I look for them. My hearing has really gone south so I miss things. In a forested area you have to hear the bird and then hunt for it.

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  20. Although there are many miles away, these landscapes are similar to those here :)) The nature is very similar. The reflection of the last photo is gorgeous.
    Without your premiso I stay here. So I will travel across Canada from my house.
    A hug from Béjar.Salamanca. Spain.

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  21. I like the way the sun is shining through the trees in your photos. Pretty little violet : )

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