Tuesday, November 22, 2011

All Work and No (OK, a little) Play

I thought I had this all planned out.  I got a contract to support 10 arts organizations in South Jersey this fall.  So naturally, I thought it would give me ample time to go birdwatching before and after meetings, and keep an eye on the Green House construction project.  As you can see by my lack of posts - that isn't happening. 

Yes, I have been birdwatching. But not like I thought I would.  It's more like walking the dog with binoculars then rushing off to meetings all day.  I have been walking the dog at Cox Hall Creek WMA which was formerly called Villas WMA, and before that it was a golf course.  It is a good place for birds and regularly has Red-headed Woodpeckers.  This youngster has been seen for a few weeks now and it looks like he/she will be staying at CHC for awhile since I watched the bird caching acorns in tree trunks.  This habit reminds me alot of the Acorn Woodpecker from out west. Notice that this bird doesn't really have a red head but there are a few red feathers coming through.


Roxy and I also had a laugh while watching this Sharp-shinned Hawk dive bomb and harass a murder of crows.  The hawk is about half the size of the crow but that didn't stop him.  "Are you a chicken?  'cause I'm a chicken hawk."


Finally, CHC is chock full of sparrows and bluebirds.  Here are a couple of sparrow photos.  The first shows a Field Sparrow which are really pretty little birds.  The second photo shows what I think is a Lincoln's sparrow in the foreground and the Field Sparrow in the background.


Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully I will have time to do some birdwatching this weekend (before or after sanding the floors)


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