Yesterday we went on a great but very cold birding trip to the Guntersville Dam with the North Alabama Birdwatching Society group and what a great group they are. One of the best parts about the trip is that Morgan and I were joined by Debi and her daughter Kayla from The Giraffe Head Tree http://www.giraffeheadtree.blogspot.com/ and I can't wait to see her beautiful photos of the trip. We met a new friend, Jackie, who we carpooled with and she was just a great guide for us as we drove to different destinations around the area. But to remind you it was bitterly cold,very bright on the water and I think my photos were limited, mostly because I'm a woose!
I enjoyed seeing this one little Vinca along this rock wall. We were told that by the late afternoon, even on this very cold day, the wall would be covered with lizards...but we didn't get back to it to see.With the dam being only ten minutes from the house...I guess I could go back and look for lizards anytime! Being as cold as it was, the birds were few and far between, but the views were wonderful.The American Crow was making a ruckus over some Red-tailed Hawks in the distance.The water looked choppy and cold.We visited a private farm where there are usually loads of hawks and although we saw a few, they were too far for me to photograph. However this lovely old fence sure was close enough!The Eastern Bluebirds were up in the trees keeping an eye on us.My battery died at this point and my spare was in my car which I didn't have close by! But luckily a nice fellow had an extra battery on hand that he lent me for the next stop.
The Eastern Phoebe was hunting what bugs he could find as usual.The highlight was the Loggerhead Shrike who would let us get just so close then pop to the next post or pole away.And we rounded up the trip with a soaring Red-tail overhead.I can't wait to see your photos Debi! I know they are going to be just great!