As you might be able to tell I brought my long 400 mm lens that really didn't fit the day since it was too dark to photograph the birds seen.We did see a few warblers, Black and White, Magnolia, a possible Tennessee and I got a life bird, a Swainson's Thrush. We also saw American Robins, Red-breasted Grosbeaks, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Eastern Phoebe, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, and heard a Brown Thrasher. I'm sure I'm forgetting a few but all in all it was a good birding day.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Monte Sano State Park
North Alabama is just loaded with wonderful mountain trails to hike and bird.
Early this morning, I gathered my gear and headed off in the rain and fog to meet up with the North Alabama Birdwatchers Society for another great birdwatching excursion.We left the top of the mountain and wound our way around to a different spot, since there was a running race there and we didn't want to get caught up in heavy traffic and road blocks. After getting out of the car and checking out the covered tables I looked up and nearly jumped out of my skin thinking we were being invaded by some kind of needle shaped space ships from the moon!OK, realizing it was just fog playing mind games on me I settled in for some nice scenery and birding.We had big rain and tornado warnings that night before and things never really cleared up.
We did see some good birds, however the light was not nearly good enough for me to get any photographs.I did manage to get some bird houses though!And this bench was neatly adorned with wonderful birds and critters from the imagination of some talented students.A little fall color can almost take the place of a fall warbler.These Resurrection Ferns were just a lovely tree ornament to behold.Whoops, more fog!Another birdhouse, can't get enough of those.And this tree was lovely from middle,to bottom!