Sunday, January 3, 2010

Guntersville Dam Birding Trip

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!

12 comments:

Daniel Spurgeon said...

Hi Eve. Cool, now I can see photos of the trip from both you and Debi! Very nice. I'm glad that someone had a spare battery for you. I had the same problem once on a trip to the Okefenokee Swamp- glad that my traveling companion used Canon gear as well and had spare batteries with him! As you know, batteries drain much quicker in the cold- and it has been brutally cold here the past few days!

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Hey! Wow! Cool! Your soaring hawk shot is actually IN FOCUS, unlike all of mine! Ha! Beautiful, gorgeous! I never saw that cute little Eastern Phoebe, babe. The fence shot is very nice. I loved the Shrike sighting and am amazed that he hung around while we all shifted positions over and over to get close enough to him. When Kayla wakes up (!!!) I'm going to encourage her to post her shots as they are very interesting. Hey to Morgan!

Mike Simmons said...

Nice photos Eve! You inspire me to try and photograph birds.

The Early Birder said...

Numb fingertips, cold nose, reddening ears, tired eyes, birds far away...a typical winter birding day in the UK....I'm gla you enjoyed your trip out Eve. More, more...please. FAB.

Roy said...

Lovely scenery which I am sure is going to produce some great Birding days Evie.

Kerry Hawkins said...

I like that you went out even though it was cold. Love the fence photo

Jenny said...

Hey Evie, looked like it was a fabulous freezing birding kind of day. Dearly wish I could've been there with you! One day.....

Dog Trot Farm said...

What kind of professional are you Cousin Eve leaving your backup battery in the car, unheard of. Your photos are wonderful and I can't wait till I can accompany you on one of these trips. Now don't start complaining about the cold weather,just be greatful you are not in the grasp of lake effect snow!!!!!!!

Rural Rambler said...

Beautiful pictures Sunnyside Up Eve! Glad Tree and Sun got together and braved the cold and howling winds for a birding day and some great pictures. You were all better women than me. I love the fence photo too :)

Mary said...

It sounds like a good birding trip! Please go back for the lizards....I'm intrigued to see them! Lovely hawk shot! I had 2 bluebirds in my yard today...not usual for me this time of year.

Leeloo said...

Lovely pictures Eve, I really like the one of the fence. It sounds like it was a nice trip, are you a member of the group or do you just occasionally go with them?
How nice that you got to see the shrike again!! That must've been the highlight indeed :)

Janean said...

Eve, thanks for stopping by and leaving a couple of sweet comments!!